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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)

TITLE: Don't Hide
By melissa buckley
11/10/07


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Lying in bed, memories invade my dreams. I’ve tried to hide my past away, wanting it to die so it really does become a skeleton in the closet. How much life I wasted on the run from Christ, until the big fish finally gobbled me up and I find myself with child. As I grow bigger each day, this is something I cannot hide, nor can I hide my single status. Having never felt so alone, I searched for encouragement. I found it in books, in the Bible. I found much needed hope in the stories of others. It turns out- I am not the only one. Isn’t that what we all need to hear? As believers in an all-powerful God who can bring good out of suffering, they opened up their hearts. They were hurt, they felt alone, they suffered as I do now, and they conquered, because they believed. Then they shared; and I was encouraged.
I ask myself, what right do I have to hide my past away? Can God not use my life too?

There are fears which bubble up by this thought- what will people think of me; those who thought they knew me so well? What if some turn me away? Won’t I be vulnerable again? What possible good can I do?
What answer does God give? - “You cannot do any good, but I can!”

Give your testimony in Church and who knows which struggling brother or sister will be encouraged; write a book and who knows which hungry soul will find encouragement. Sit and get to know one another.
Don’t just say, “God will make it well.” Show a broken heart how God can heal by revealing your own healed scars.
God has done more than I could possibly have imagined in a situation I thought was hopeless.
How many others feel like they are alone, the only ones? Show them the truth. Encourage one another today.


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Seema Bagai 11/15/07
This would make a good devotional piece.
Sara O Rodriguez11/16/07
THank you! This ecouraged me!
Donna Emery11/18/07
A good reminder. Your writing is clear and concise. Nice job