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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Calm (emotionally) (09/13/07)

TITLE: I Know a Place
By Brenda Welc
09/13/07


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Here is a box.
Place all of your worries in it.
Stuff in all your doubts.
Fill it with concerns.
Close the box and set it aside, you will not need it where I am taking you.

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Come with me I have something to share with you. Just a little farther, I know the path is untrodden and it appears as if we are not going anywhere, but I promise you our destination is worth it. Trust me. Trust Him. Oops, I let out part of the secret. Silly me, always saying more than I should. Okay, we are almost there, just a few more steps and wahla! Do you see it? Do you feel it? Oh, you need more visuals, I understand I once was where you are.


This is how I see it. Quiet, calm lakes. Shining streams of a billion stars. Sunlight bouncing off the trees. Greenery everywhere which just about takes your breath away. You still donít know where we are do you? Can you not feel the safeness here? The clouds are always fluffy white, never gray. The sun is always shining. Birds are singing. Happy butterflies float on the sunbeams. No worries. No troubles. Just love, sweet calming love.


Still need more? Okay, we are where all the calm people go. We are in the midst of calmness. We are standing smack dab in the middle of Godís grace, the only place where calmness can be felt. This is the only territory where God sends His most valuable gifts such as discernment, encouragement, pats on the back, restfulness, acceptance and reassurance. In this place you can immerse yourself in a bath of forgiveness and know all is well with your soul.

I come here as often as I can to escape the carnal madness of the world we live in. I arrive here with great anticipation of Godís gentle touch on my heart. I come here to rejuvenate a tired Christian soul in need of new batteries. If you like it here I could give you the key. Everyone needs to feel calm. Everyone needs a place to unwind from lifeís insanity.

Whatís that you say? You want a key? Easy fix! All you have to do is close your eyes, fold your hands and repeat these simple words,

ďLord I accept you into my heart and I want to dwell with you in Your grace. Forgive me of my sins and lead my heart into the paths You have destined for me. In Jesus name, Amen.Ē

See how easy that was? Now you can come here whenever you need to. It is the place where you will always be accepted. Come here anytime and just bask in the calmness. There is only one simple favor I ask of you, share this with those you love. The more people to visit here the happier God will be. He beckons for all to come home to Him and He will pour out His grace on all those who believe.

Well, it's time to go back to reality. Follow me and I will take you back to the here and now. Back to the dramas of life and the misunderstandings of man. At least now you know of a place you can go to escape whenever you need to. A place to regain control of yourself. Remember God loves you and wants to share His grace with you. He desires you to be calm in your Christianity and He knows you need recharging from time to time.


*****

Here we are.
There is your box.
Keep it or throw it away?
God will take care of everything you just put in there.
I would just walk away, put the box in Godís hands.


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Joanne Sher 09/22/07
This is a VERY creative piece - I just love it.
A bit more concentration on grammar and punctuation would make this piece more polished.
I love how you open and close with the box. Wonderful.
Sherrie Jackson09/22/07
Good stuff! I would love to go to the place you described; I'll have to work on that. ;-) This piece fits this week's topic perfectly, and I love the sentence "shining streams of a billion stars." Beautiful!
Ebony Broussard09/23/07
Extremely gutsy! You make it work well. I loved the two mediums intertwined. It changed the pace of the writing. I also enjoyed your descriptions. A very creative piece indeed!
Catrina Bradley 09/23/07
Great! Love the casual, conversational voice. The beginning and ending are wonderful bookends.
Dee Yoder 09/26/07
Creative and enjoyable to read. I love the references to the box at the beginning and the end.
Leigh MacKelvey09/26/07
This is definitely a keeper! VEry creative and I loved the voice. Of course we had toi be in the center of God's grace ... but I would have never thought to write about that, but You did! Hope this does well. You have talent!
Sheri Gordon09/27/07
Congratulations on your highly commended. Your descriptions of God's grace are very comforting. Good writing.
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/28/07
I loved the organization and writing, as well as the message of your entty.
David Butler 10/04/07
Fascinating and enjoyable journey you took us on. You could build on that using other metaphors to make new take on Pilgrim's Progress.
Just watch out for the Grammar Gestapo (or rather, the Punctuation Police) along the way.
Thanks for all the times you've read my articles too.