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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: "It Will Work"
By c clemons


“Momma, why did we move here?” asked Stephanie for the umpteenth time.” I hate it here. I have no friends, school is the pits and there is nothing to do around here.”

“Any”, dear”


“You don’t have any friends. Marge said with a smile in her voice. To answer your question again about the move here, the condition of your father’s job promotion was that we had to relocate. I know you think that this move is the hardest on you, but we are all in the same boat. We are in a new city, new job for your dad, new school, new neighbors and neighborhood. We all have to start over. But guess what? We are not alone.”

“What do you mean, not alone?”

“Have you prayed about it?”

“Prayed about having friends? No, why would God care about me having friends?” asked Stephanie.

“God cares about what we care about. I’ve learned that from experience. Everything is in his Word, so go to the Book and find out what it says about having friends and whatever else it is that concerns you. The Word will work if you work it.”

As Marge prepared dinner she wondered if the talk she gave Stephanie this morning was to heavy duty for a ten year old. Stephanie had came home from school looking just as dejected as the day before. She had mumbled “Hi”, but she had gone straight to her room.

When Bill got home from work, she asked him to go tell Stephanie it was time for dinner. He came back and said he had to call her twice because she was so engrossed in what she was reading.

“What was that?” asked Marge.

“The Bible” said Bill.


The next day when the school bus pulled up in front of Stephanie, she kept saying to herself. “It will work, if you work it.”

Instead of looking down when she got on the bus as she usually did, she held her head high, smiled and said “Hi” to everyone as she passed. Usually she would grab a seat in the back by herself but today she chose to sit next to someone.

“Hey, Mom!” called out Stephanie when she came thru the door.

“Hi, honey. How was your day?”

“Great! Mom this is Janet, I met her today on the bus, and she lives just four doors down. Is it okay if I go over to her house to do our homework?”

“Sure honey, and you know what? I’ll go with you to meet her Mom. I think this would be a great opportunity to meet some of the neighbors. The same holds true for me, “ it works when you work it.”

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Prov. 18: 24

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Lynda Schultz 08/05/06
Great piece with a wonderful lesson. Well done.
william price08/09/06
A very beautiful and moving story. I like the honesty and clarity of your writing. As I say often, I don't predict winners, but for what it is worth, your story is one of my favorites. You did well presenting the essence of your story. Your mechanics will improve. But, you have the gift of communictaing your heart and that is not easily learned. Be encouraged!! God bless.