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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: New Year (05/09/05)

TITLE: New Year, New Opportunities (ii)
By Mishael Witty
05/11/05


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It invariably happens Ė at least ever since my 25th birthday. Every year, right before my birthday, I become inexplicably depressed, irritated, and disappointed with my life as a whole. ĎAnother year of my life gone,í I grumble, Ďand what do I have to show for it?í I havenít written the novel that Iíve always dreamed of writing. I havenít toured Europe or many of the other parts of the world Iíve been longing to see ever since I can remember. I havenít finished my Ph.D. I havenít ever gotten married or had any children. I am still refusing to do what I know God is calling me to do with my life. These are all the thoughts that run through my mind at the end of a year.

Now that itís two months after my birthday, I can look back and see the flipside of these negative thoughts. Lately, I have been working on the novel Iíve always wanted to write (and have published). I have been to several countries in South America, Mexico, Canada, and much of the United States Ė not to mention some very beautiful Caribbean islands. I do have a masterís degree. God protected me last year from an almost certainly disastrous marriage with a man who never would have been able to love me the way I want (and deserve) to be loved. Besides, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:34 (NLT): ďa woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be more devoted to the Lord in body and in spirit, while the married woman must be concerned about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband.Ē

This is what I am concentrating on in my life right now Ė being completely devoted to God. I am learning more and more what it means to walk in obedience to Him, and this is especially true as I follow His call on my life to write and share my writing with others. He has provided me with so many exciting opportunities to serve Him this year. He has helped me to shift my focus from the past: what I donít have and didnít accomplish, to the future: what I can accomplish for Him and through Him. Praise God!


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Debra Bowers05/17/05
"Been There", "Done That" "smile" Much success with your novel and where ever God may lead you.
dub W05/21/05
This is a wonderful committment testimony, very concrete and meaningful. Continue on...