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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the HUMOR genre (04/12/07)

TITLE: Perfect Timing
By Joann McDonald


Humor is such a curious thing. Some people can think quickly of a hilarious response that sends you howling. With just one word they can bring a different viewpoint to any subject and can even influence the whole atmosphere. The Bible describes laughter as a medicine and I’m sure that humor is a prescription we all need to take on a regular basis.

I love to laugh but I am not a very funny person. Seldom do I find those witty comments easily or more importantly at the right time. Timing is everything and it can make you or break you. Now, my husband David is someone who has perfect timing. He is so good that it usually takes me a second to figure out what hit me. Somehow he draws me in and makes me believe he’s sincere and then here comes the punch line. He can be extremely comical and never even crack a smile. I am convinced that this is an art. Recently he proved his gifting once more.

Leaving me stranded on the side of the road for the first and last time David agreed it was time to put the family mini-van permanently to rest. This triggered a three-month continuous search for the perfect car and I mean it had to be impeccable. We searched all over the city and as far as 200 miles away weeding out the ordinary from the incredible. The color must be perfect inside and out, the interior had to be precise nothing less would do. I truly thought that I would literally drive my husband crazy before I found just the right car. But he didn’t grow weary with me he was so patient and helpful it didn’t matter to him how many cars we had to look at. During the week we would spend hours searching the Internet and on the weekends we were out and about looking and test-driving.

Finally, I narrowed it down; it would be a Chrysler Sebring convertible. We drove about 45 minutes north of the city to look at one that had just been posted with a dealer and seemed promising. I truly believe that the car you drive says a lot about a person. Even the mini-van spoke of my nurturing years and endless taxiing. Now, for the first time in about 25 years, I was choosing what I wanted and not what the family needed.

There it was and it was just perfect! We drove the beautiful white car with a tan cloth top and were thrilled to find that it was everything I hoped it would be. We made the deal but left the car to be detailed and they would bring it to us the next day. Heading home I told my husband that I had looked up the word Sebring to find out what it meant.

“ I didn’t find much information but did you know that there is a city in Florida named Sebring?”

“Oh yeah, Sebring is an old Seminole Indian name”, he answered with a fascination in his voice. “The word Sebring was derived by an ancient custom of the tribal chief. He would lead the tribe down to the ocean on the morning of the ebb tide. As the water returned to the sea the Seminole people would gather on the beach among the large shells, crab and other types of marine life. The chief would declare with the thud of his walking stick being dashed into the sand, “Look what sea bring!” He got me again!

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Jacquelyn Horne04/20/07
Sounds like a fun person to live with. Cute story.
Brenda Welc04/21/07
Your husband must have gone to the same comedy school as mine! Great story!
Joanne Sher 04/23/07
Cute and clever. I would have loved a bit more humor woven in, but your ending was certainly worth a giggle or two. Keep writing!
Val Clark04/24/07
Sounds like he's master of the one liners. :-) Your story flows well. To make it really engaging for the reader you need to show the reader what is happening rather than tell. PM me if you're not sure what I mean.