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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: Never a Moment's Peace
By Karyn Ward
07/28/08


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Something told me that I was not going to have the best day. I was sitting at my kitchen desk, trying to complete a telephone conversation with my boss when three things happened: The pot of spaghetti on the stove boiled over, the doorbell rang, and my daughter Maggie took the opportunity to start squealing at the top of her lungs.
“I’m so sorry, Mrs. Garrett. I’m going to have to cut our conversation short. It seems that a million things are happening at once.” Mrs. Garrett understood, but nevertheless I apologized profusely and promised her that I would call back.
Maggie reached out her arms for me to hold her, and I could see a sprinkling of fat tears on her cheeks. Hesitating only for a moment before deciding what to do, I then scooped my daughter up in my arms, turned the stove down and proceeded to wipe the hair from my face. I was sure that I was flushed.
At the door, I recognized our postal worker, Chip. He handed me a large brown package and asked for my signature. Thankful, I said good-bye to Chip and brought the package in the kitchen.
Maggie went back to the orange juice I had poured for her earlier, and before I could think she had splashed it on the floor. “Can’t I get a moment’s peace?” I snapped. “I never seem to be able to get anything done in this house.
That night I was in my bed doing some evening reading, and I thought about what I had said to Maggie and felt bad about it. I prayed for a short while and admitted that I had lost patience with her. During my devotions, I also realized that I had been neglecting her and I made a silent vow to give her more attention.
The next day I apologized to Maggie and spent longer than usual playing with her. I took her to the park, let her listen to some children’s music, and made us both a grilled cheese sandwich lunch. At the age of my life when I was doing nothing but multi-tasking, I saw the light and agreed to mend my ways.


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Joanne Sher 08/02/08
Those experiences sure prick our hearts, don't they. Isn't God good to allow us to repent and restore the relationship. I enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing.
Karen Ward08/08/08
Hi Karyn, Welcome, as I see this is your first challenge entry. When I saw your name, I just had to come and comment on your work! I love the phrase "a sprinkling of fat tears on her cheeks' Well done! :) Karen