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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: Strength
By Christabelle Allestad


I hugged my knees and bit my lip. I tried to pray. The words caught in my throat. Lord…I tried again. Shakily, I took a deep breath and surveyed the scene. The valley rolled out before me. Matchbox-sized cars sped through green traffic lights as busy townsfolk made their way home on a typical evening. My lofty view almost made me forget the craziness of my world and how “normal” my “un-normal” had become.

My grandma’s insanity wore ever increasing holes in the frayed edges of my patience. “No Grandma, today is Thursday, there is no mass today…” or “yes, your crochet hook is right in front of you where you set it down,” had become familiar refrains. My journal was growing thick with odd behaviors. I had devoted a whole page to “Things I never knew could be butter covers,” not to mention “Odd places to find cookware,” and “Phrases I never imagined I’d have to say.” At least the stress of her husband‘s stroke and subsequent move to the rehabilitation center never had a chance to truly set in. The kindness of the Alzheimer’s, I supposed, was that, although he’d been two months gone, had always left her “just three days ago.”

And now we were going to stay. The pang gripped my heart so tightly I nearly doubled over. Home was my hope, my anchor to the world of sanity. Lord! I let out a sigh. I had asked to be used, but this was not the mission I had envisioned. A week long trip to Honduras to help plant a church, that was better, or how about caring for orphans in Romania for a month? Why send me to California? Why separate my from my friends and the life I knew? This wasn’t a part of my plan! I sighed a deep, heavy sigh. Then something whispered to my heart. That was it, wasn’t it? I wanted to give Him a piece of me, but God wanted more.

Finally, the words came. Through the tears I opened my lips, not in petition, but praise. “I worship you, Almighty God, there is none like You…” Melody after melody began to fill the air as I surrendered all my pain and uncertainty to Him.

As the last note faded into the sky, I knew I had to go back down. Chaos still reigned in my circumstances, but my soul was at rest.

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Nancy Quinn03/08/08
Beautiful testimony, and the Lord will bless your faithful devotion to your grandmother. It's so difficult when we see our loved ones' health deteriorate. My grandmother didn't know me when she passed away. But I'm blessed by many happy memories of her, as I'm sure you do too. When we serve others, we're serving the Lord! The Lord bless you and give you strength and peace. God Bless :)
Jan Ackerson 03/09/08
I was moved by this short and touching testimony.
Yvonne Blake 03/09/08
So touching! I like to sing also, when I feel overwhelmed.
I liked the description in the first paragraph.
Good writing.
Shirley McClay 03/11/08
LOL.. I love this line... "things I never knew could be butter covers"... give me some funny mental pictures!... and the last sentence was awesome.. keep learning and please keep writing!!