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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Home Group (11/29/07)

TITLE: Let's Click Our Heels Together
By Brenda Welc


Close your eyes for a moment.
Repeat the following:

Thereís no place like home.
Thereís no place like home.

Do you feel something?

Home is where the heart is, what better place to begin a deeper relationship with God than our homes? Home groups are a great way to increase our strength in Christ. With friends on either side of us praying for each other in close proximity, knowing just what to pray for. In our lives our homes are the central hub of where we begin and end our days. Within our homes we keep the treasures we have collected throughout the years so what better place to start a home group a true treasure, one which will be rewarded in heaven some day. Home groups are what keep the church united. They allow members of the church to build strong bonds which help the church grow.

Each of us have within us a spark from God. We are given this gift from God Himself. It dwells within our hearts. This spark is what defines our gift. It allows us to do what we think is the impossible. Within the realm of a home group we can focus on our special gifts and increase our foundation in Christ. Our sparks are of no value until we align ourselves with Godís desires for us and our lives. Homes groups allow for God to work on a smaller scale and help us to see Godís purposes for us and the others around us.

Together we can ignite the spark of God in each of us and as one in Christ we can be a lit beacon to beckon others to our cause. For God said we are the light of the world and knowing this we should let our lights shine for the whole world to see. In home groups we can more closely watch over our fellow brothers and sisters to hold them accountable to Godís laws. We can step up and be active in helping others work towards a more Christlike life. As we continue forward in our search for God and His desires for us we can share our experiences with others in our group so they too may grow in their walk.

This brings us back to the phrase home is where the heart is. Wherever our hearts are so is the love. In our homes we feel at ease and safe. In our homes we feel we can reveal our true selves. In home groups it is much easier to share what is in our heart because we feel more at home. People often have a fear of getting up and sharing their inner most feelings with a large group of people but smaller groups are not as much of a challenge. In the home we can relax and share feelings we might not otherwise share with the church, this is where greater insights come.

Joining a home group might just be the answer to keeping our sparks ignited. On our own our light is but a flicker in the dark but as a group our light will join with others and create that magnificent beacon for all to see. When the stresses of life seem to be taking over we can rejuvenate ourselves within our home group. We can regroup so to speak with fellow Christians who understand our battles. Together as a group we can conquer the enemy with a force that will make them shake their heads. Donít let your light go out. Be a part of a home group and begin to further your journey with Christians just like yourself.

Click your heels together and repeat:

Thereís no place like home.
Thereís no place like home.

Can you feel your spark beginning to glow? .

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David F. Palmieri Sr.12/06/07
I like it, and I share your feelings completly about "small. home groups."

I personally would drop the last line, it's ok, but not needed.

Welcome to FW...
nicole wian12/11/07
I liked the last line. I get why you put it there. It ties into the beginning.
LauraLee Shaw12/12/07
Great title, darling beginning and great message. Good job!
Sara Harricharan 12/12/07
Oh I like this! The little phrase reptitition, 'There's no place like home' is great! It sends a good message out and then you tie it all in with the rest of the article. Good job!
Temple Miller12/12/07
Very nice essay - good message! I like the ending with or without the last line.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/12/07
This is a very good devotional writing.
Patty Wysong12/12/07
I like it! What a good argument for home groups. As far as the last line: It's good with or without it. *grin* If nothing else this might be a good reminder to always 'weigh' the last lines of whatever it is your writing --they carry a lot of weight. *wink*
Tim Pickl12/12/07
I love it -- including the last line...because it refers back to the beginning, and ties the narrative up into a nice package! Home is my Sanctuary. Thanks for the gift of sharing your throughts of home with us!
Paula Titus 12/12/07
I like how you carried the 'spark and light' theme through the whole devotional, and yes- I like the last line :)
Jan Ackerson 12/12/07
Well-done devotional, with a casual, readable voice.

I vote for losing the last line, but maybe adding one more "There's no place like home" followed by an ellipsis, to evoke the iconic image of Dorothy in her ruby slippers.