Poem for my Niece

When Does God Love You?

When you were born and all brand new
When there were things you could not yet do
God knew your heart and He loved you when
He wrapped you as a gift in your beautiful skin

When you would cry and knit your brow
When your screams and fits went on for hours
God knew your heart and He loved you when
He filled your lungs with living breath

When you grow tall and your hair grows long
When your feet run miles and your voice sings songs
God will know your heart and He will love you when
You may distrust and not even believe in him

When does God love you Jayla?
Before time began
While the sacrifice was given by the saving lamb
And soon when he comes on glory to this earth once again
He loves you forever, Just as we do,
Our prayer and our hope is that you’ll love him too.



Weekend Roundup: #Writer’s #Platform Challenge – Self Definition and Setting Goals

Writer’s Platform Challenge

Day 1: Define Yourself

The first task is as critical as it is difficult with reference to establishing a platform. You must know who you are, what you stand for, and what you have to offer. I followed the questionnaire Mr. Brewer shared. The last question was the hardest. Here are my responses:

Name (as used in byline): Maxie Steer

Position(s): Poet, Fiction Writer, Blogger, Educator

Skill(s): proofreading, editing, creative writing (poetry and fiction), blogging, public speaking, teaching.


Social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Blogger.


Accomplishments: Third place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards’ Unpublished Poetry category in 2012; Top 25 Poem in April 2012 Poem A Day Challenge; Finalist in November 2011 Poem A Day Chapbook Challenge; Top 50 Poem in April 2011 Poem A Day Challenge.

Interests: Writing, family, faith, fantasy football, business, public speaking, reading, technology, candy.


In one sentence, who am I? Maxie Steer is a Christian, business student, poet, fiction writer, and sporadic blogger using her skills to help others realize their goals and to glorify God.



Day 2: Setting Goals

Goal setting is an important building block in the writer’s platform because it defines where you are headed in your journey. It is great to have these in your mind, but writing them down makes them more concrete.

Short Term Goals (goals to be completed in the next six months)

  1. Complete both the Writer’s Platform and Chapbook Challenge
  2. Restart editorial schedule on the blog
  3. Increase blog readership by 100%
  4. Enter poems into RPLA competition
  5. Submit work to 3 literary magazines

Long Term Goals (goals to be completed before kicking the bucket)

  1. Publish a chapbook
  2. Publish a full length poetry collection
  3. Publish a novel
  4. Write a devotional book
  5. Win a literary competition


Do you find it hard to define yourself in one sentence? Would you consider this sentence a mission statement?

What are some of your mid-term goals (things you can accomplish before the year ends, but not within 6 months)?


Due to modem issues at the house, this post is delayed. Forgive me as I try to catch up with the updates 😉





April PAD 21: Under the Microscope


Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
– King Jesus (Matthew 7:1- 2)

You smush me between glass slides
impatient for my insides to show


you hasten to pass judgement
measuring what you think you know, and


discovering your hypothesis is a theory
you want to make fact, I’ll be here, in tact


my life moves independently, beneath your glare.
You focus your lenses away from what’s really there.

Prompt: Write an under the microscope poem


Reflections on the sermon I learned from at church today.