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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Thanksgiving (04/18/05)

TITLE: One Breath at theTime
By Kathy Warren
04/20/05


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One Breath at the Time

Here I was again on my knees in my closet, praying; no, I was begging God for help. Day after day and night upon night, I struggled to breathe. I searched tirelessly to find a doctor that could help, but to no avail. Thousands of dollars spent for tests and still there was no answer for my breathing problems. My husband watched helplessly and would cry with me as it seemed that each day I grew closer to death.

What was a soul to do? How I had bared my innermost thoughts to God in prayer. Did he not hear me? Was I so horrible to look upon that he would not visit me in my darkest hours? Foolish thoughts from a mere mortal. I had forgotten Job in his trial. I had forgotten Abraham and Isaac.

God had not forsaken me. He was proving me and proving himself to me. When I completely rid myself of me and worshipped the Great Physician, healing came. His love engulfed me like a vapor, yet was stronger than any vise grip. No physical being could have held me with greater fervency.

Thankfulness. The word encompasses endless meanings. To me it will always bring to mind how I learned to be thankful for each breath God gives me, one breath at the time.


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Carol Dee Meeks04/26/05
Wonderful message and soooooooooooooo true.
donna robinson04/27/05
I was gripped with that opening line, praying in a closet. I could immediately picture this person weeping with her feelings of helplessness, hiding there to keep her own pain away from those she loved. Then you felt her being washed over with love and a feeling that she was being renewed came to me. I thought you said powerful things in such a short piece
Gloria Laroza T.04/29/05
What you wrote reminded me of my sister who is newly diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. She just shared to me today how her prayers give her peace in her heart. Jesus Christ is the Best Physician. It's people like you and my sister who taught me to appreciate the gift of life..and living one breath at a time.
Val Clark04/30/05
Yes, one day at a time. I need to be reminded about that, too. Thanks
Cheryl Johnson05/01/05
Brief but powerful.
kazza walton05/02/05
i loved it. you just did it for me. you made me look at each and every breath with a new perspective. keep up the great work. blessings kazza...
Deborah Porter 05/03/05
Hi Kathy. I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you and let you know that you made it into the semi-finals for the Level 1 Champion Challenge. So although you didn't actually win a place or Highly Commended, you were in the running. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)