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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)

TITLE: Will I Ever Learn?
By Cheryl Martin
02/14/08


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WILL I EVER LEARN?

Don’t you sometimes wish you could grab your words out of the air, stick them back in your mouth and swallow them?

I had done it again. Why didn’t I think just a little longer before I allowed my mouth to open? What was that scripture I had read last week? I know it was in James. I reached for my Bible. Ah, right there it was in the first chapter, verse 5: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…” (NIV) I had even underlined it. Obviously not a lesson learned yet.

I went through my day taking care of all the routine tasks, but my mind was very busy beating me up: “Why?”, “should have”, “wish I…”, “Christian example?” and on and on it went. By the time Tim got home, I was exhausted.

As I told him about my day, he took my hand. “Looks like the devil’s been using you for a toy, batting you all over the house today. Did you apologize to Diane?

“Yes, I did; but I hurt her feelings. I still feel bad about that.”

“Did you talk to God about it?”

“I did.”

“Well, sounds to me like there’s not much else you can do. What advice would you give one of the women in your Bible study group?”

“To accept God’s forgiveness and stop taking the condemnation Satan was throwing at her.”

Tim smiled, “I might add one thing—tape that James scripture verse to the bathroom mirror and maybe make a few copies to take with you.” He gave me a hug.

Didn’t I hear the back door slam shut as I walked into the kitchen to start supper?


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Marlene Austin02/15/08
Story applicable to all. Great advice to "accept God's forgiveness and stop taking Satan's condemnation." Nice job. :)
Yvonne Blake 02/15/08
A message that we all need to learn! I would have liked a few more details to help me relate more to the author. I'm not sure I understood the meaning behind the slam of the back door.
Keep writing.