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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)

TITLE: My Christian Shopping List
By Brenda Welc


My Christian Shopping List

Dear God:

I have accepted you into my heart today and I was wondering how I can become the Christian person you need me to be? I thought for awhile today and I came up with sort of a shopping list of things I need:

Wisdom to decipher the truth

I think I need some patience. This world is just too full of unbelievable intolerance. People are so rude here I think I need patience just to get through a day here on earth. Also I need it so that I donít get overly upset when things like negativity start coming at me like a ton of bricks. Patience would help me control my anger issues. I know this would make me a better Christian.
I also would like some love, enough of it to share with others. I need love to become like Christ donít I? I know that I have enough to love my parents and my siblings but I need a little extra to share with those who really need to see it. If others donít see the love in me than how can I ever convince them that I have changed for the better?
Next on my shopping list for Christianity is peace, this would be a great item to hold in my heart. Without peace no one can live by the laws of Christ. Jesus portrayed such peace while He was here among us. I wish that I could fill my whole persona with peace so that nothing bothers me, but maybe thatís a bit much to ask for.
The item I need most from my shopping list is kindness. I already know that if I treat every one with kindness I will get the same thing in return. The kindness I am asking to receive is not just random itís the kindness that makes a Christian stand out from the rest. Help me to go above an beyond what is expected from a Christian.
After I have learned the first four things on my list I would like to acquire compassion. Lord I know that everyone has a limit to their abilities and then we all come from different situations in life. Help me to be open to these differences and be able to lend the listening ear when someone needs some extra attention. Help me not to get frustrated when someone cannot complete a task in the same manner as I do or as quickly. Let me accept people for who they are not what I desire them to be.
Lastly may I have the wisdom to decipher the truth from all situations. Let me not be led down the wrong paths by deceitful people or untruths. Let me set you as the light by which I will follow. By reading your Word every day I now that I can have the wisdom I need to make the right choices in my life decisions. Speak to me Lord when I need to hear a wise word from You and let me know how to tell itís You.
Well, thatís the end of my shopping list, I know You can help me out. I look forward to learning more about You in church. I also wait anxiously to quire the items on my shopping list. I know that it may take many years to complete my list so thatís why I put patience at the top. Hopefully with the right amount of patience I will not get frustrated and give up on my desire to be more like Jesus every day!

In Jesus name I pray,

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Jacquelyn Horne03/10/07
very good. And very well written. I think the original list could be left out and the piece would not lose anything, since the article went right down the list. But it is good like it is.
Donna Powers 03/11/07
This is a really neat and original concept. I enjoyed the way you expressed your desires. Paragraphs would have increased its readibility. Keep writing!
Patty Wysong03/14/07
I like how you wrote this as a letter to God! Adding an extra empty line between paragraphs makes for easier reading. Good job and keep writing!! =)
Joanne Sher 03/14/07
Great description of what we all need. Very creative to make it a letter. Keep writing!
Jen Davis03/14/07
A very creative approach to the topic. This is a wonderful shopping list in the form of a prayer asking for those things that would make you a better Christian.

Try tightening up the writing a little by eliminating some extra words. Perhaps something like this for the intro: Dear God: I accepted you into my heart today, and I was wondering how I can become the Christian you need me to be. After thinking for a while, I came up with a shopping list of things I need.Ē

The ending was great! I especially thought this was a cute line: "I know that it may take many years to complete my list so thatís why I put patience at the top.Ē :) Your title was cute, too. Good luck with your writing.
Rita Garcia03/14/07
My kind of shopping list! Great entry, creative and well written!
Myrna Noyes03/14/07
Wonderful letter to God! I need all those things on your shopping list, too! :) Good job!
Sara Harricharan 03/14/07
This is great, very well done and certainly something a lot of us can relate to! ^_^ A few spaces would make for easier reading. I especially liked how you wrote it in letter format. It seemed a little awkward in places, but the message carried through. Maybe reading it aloud would help to work out the kinks. Great writing-keep it up!
LaNaye Perkins03/14/07
Very creative way to describe what we all need more of. Great concept for your story! Keep writing!
Catrina Bradley 03/14/07
This is a great letter to God. Thank you for writing it. You've already got some good advice, and I can't add anything there. Your words echo my prayers so exactly, I had tears!. I like the natural "speaking" voice you wrote with. Good job!
Julie Arduini03/15/07
What a solid piece of writing here! A creative take on the theme and I think you captured a new Christian's faith and heart well. Great work!