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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)

TITLE: From Molehills to Monsters
By Ginny Winters


The woman tried really hard to keep the tears from falling. “I’ve got to be strong.” She told herself. After all she was a leader for the small women’s group and big girls don’t cry. She was listening to the lies of the enemy again. “You should be stronger than that. You don’t need to lean on anyone!” After all she reasoned, she did have Christ the solid rock beneath her feet. So why did she feel so insecure? The more she kept everything hidden inside she figured she would feel stronger, but instead she was cut to the quick with anxiety and self doubt. What she didn’t realize was that the other women in the group were watching her and emulating her very actions. The other women didn’t feel comfortable sharing their struggles. They also tried to “do it on their own”. The only thing that was being accomplished was that they were being alienated from one another, and the struggle intensified. The monster that had started as a molehill was now an effaceable giant! Not only did fear for the trial bring them down, it was also the fear of “being found out” that they were having a struggle.
Finally a meek and timid woman raised her hand. She grabbed the courage from God to open her mouth and speak the words God had given her. Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor; For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” We have each other, God has given us a precious gift in this that we don’t have to walk this road alone. We can share our burdens with one another, that’s why God put us here. You know what else? It’s Okay to cry!

What are Tears?
Tears are raindrops from the Soul of God
The magnitude far outweighs the strength of the mightiest fortress
The effect can fall walls around the hardest of hearts
Tears caused by frustration; show the impatience of will
Yet a tear can express compassion like no word could ever do
A tear will tell the truth, when one denies the pain
A thankful heart is best reflected in tear-glistened eyes
Sobbing in a pillow only vents the loneliness
In the cold shadows of the soul
While crying on another’s shoulder
Brings warmth, understanding and love
In a unity like never before.
So lets make a vow to express our concerns and pray for one another right away!” She encouraged.
At that word they all stood and surrounded their leader, laying hands on her while they prayed in agreement against the struggles she was facing. As they were praying their leader began to weep before the Lord. A cascade of tears were falling in relief as the dam began to break, as the cleansing river of the love of the Lord overflowed washing away all doubt and fear.

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Jan Ackerson 01/10/08
I like the alliteration in your title.

I'd encourage you, when you're editing, to examine each sentence for commonly-used expressions or cliches. I noticed several in this piece--and it's always more interesting to a reader when you find fresh new ways to express these truths.

Thanks for this emotion-rich entry.
Yvonne Blake 01/12/08
Ah... the fellowship of Christian friends!
Details, sometimes tender details, make a story real and help the reader relate. It was hard to get into this without knowing what the molehill problem was.
There's a lot of feeling in this. Keep writing.