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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)

TITLE: On Earth as it is in Heaven
By Regina Rupert


Our Father, is this the kingdom? It seems rather small, built as it is of the four walls of our house, walls that close in on me after one too many days of caring nonstop for a toddler and a preschooler. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I’d think there would be a whole lot more white robes and a whole lot less dirty laundry. There should be songs of praise, but mostly what I hear is squabbling. “Hallowed be thy name” was never so earnest a prayer: be honored, Lord, in the minds and mouths of my children—oh yes, and mine, too.

I wish I could ask with as much zeal for your will be done. The problem with your will is that it almost always means self-sacrifice. As in, wipe the kitchen floor again—with a willing heart. Administer discipline for the 49th time today—lovingly. Put aside what I want to do in order to pick up toys, cook food, wash dishes, play hide-and-seek, fill sippy cups, give hugs, put on band-aids, break up fights, read books, tell Bible stories, change diapers, pay the bills, call the mother-in-law. (Would an email count so I don’t have to talk to her?) Maybe I should start by praying, “God, help me to want your will to be done. Then help me to do it.”

Give us this day our mac and cheese, though I’d certainly take filet mignon with roasted red potatoes and fresh steamed asparagus, too, especially if someone else made it. And since I’m asking for miracles, could you please help the kids eat everything on their plates? Without complaining?

Forgive me my trespasses (I’m sure I have some) as I forgive my husband for not taking out the trash, forgetting my birthday, leaving his clothes on the floor, and never cleaning anything. Oh yes, and for snapping at me when all I did was. . .uh. . .wait. Let me rephrase. Forgive me for making mean-spirited comments to my husband. And for being impatient when my four-year-old refuses to wear a shirt on a winter morning when we have to leave in 5 minutes. And for shouting when my two-year-old has written in ink on the only nice piece of furniture we own. And for feeling completely irritated when a little voice repeatedly bellows from another room, “Mooooooooohhhhhhmmm!” because that’s all he can think of to yell. In the presence of your many and gracious blessings, why am I annoyed at such petty things? I’m sorry. Please lead me not into temptation (especially if it involves chocolate) because as you can see, I’m not very good at resisting it. Deliver me from the evil that springs up in my heart so easily. And while you’re at it, maybe from rude neighbors, too.

Thank you for listening—and caring. And loving even me, the frazzled mommy in sweatpants and a bad haircut. You are the king of my heart and my home. Which means that, after all, this place is your kingdom. Your power gives me strength to serve when all I want to do is sleep. Your glory shines in each small choice I make to surrender to your Spirit. I am yours. Forever. And that’s good because some days really do seem to last that long. Amen.

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Sonya Leigh03/20/09
You have a wonderfully humorous, yet powerfully accurate way of putting things. Life is hard. But your love and awe for the Lord is truly inspiring. You are a yielded and willing servant, as we all should be. Great writing!
Chely Roach03/21/09
This was phenomenal! I absolutely loved it, and would expect to see this kind of writing in the higher levels. I was touched and humored by the authentic wit of the MC...EXCELLENT.
Sharon Kane03/23/09
Go on, admit it, you've been eavesdropping on my quiet times haven't you?
I loved this. It had me crying and laughing at the same time. I agree you should send it to a mothering magazine or 'Christian Woman.' It resonates very strongly. Well done!
Gregory Kane03/23/09
A delight to read. Thanks ever so much for this honest look inside the 'battlefield' of the Christian home. I particularly liked the part where she went from complaining about her husband's faults to recognising her own shortcomings.
Sharon Laughter03/25/09
I agree!!! my very thought - what a GREAT devotional. These things can minister for years! I still remember a Mom's story that when she got overwhelmed, the Lord helped her realize she was so blessed to have kids, husband alive AND WELL enough to Make the messes! That sure ministered to me in my early momy years and continues to this day! Kudos to you - I can't say my attitude was always so positive!
Carol Slider 03/26/09
Oh, I can relate SO well to this! Congratulations on a well-deserved EC!
Faithful Okoye03/26/09
I like this! It's so real and true. You've expressed the feelings of many mothers out there. And like a previous commentor said, it would really be good for a Christian family/women's magazine.
Truely insightful!
Sheri Gordon03/26/09
Congratulations on your EC. This is very, very good writing. The voice is perfect, and the concept is exceptional. Great job.
Eliza Evans 03/26/09
This reads like it flowed from your heart to your pen just exactly as is.

Charming, wonderful, warm and real.

I loved it and you actually made me miss those young mommy days!
Believe me, dear -- they do not last forever.

Thank you so very much for sharing your heart and Huge Congratulations on your placement and EC.

Oh, and some mom-to-mommy(((hugs))) too! :)

Chely Roach03/26/09
I am SO happy this placed, Regina! It was masterful and unique. Huge congrats on your EC...time to move up the ranks!
Bryan Ridenour03/26/09
Excellent writing. Well deserved EC! Congratulations!
Charla Diehl 03/26/09
This came across as an authentic day in the life of so many harried moms. Every reader can identify with this one. A well deserved win that should promote you to a new level. That's my vote.
Yvonne Blake 03/26/09
*smile* Any mother will love this because we've all had many days like this! Bless You!
Deborah Porter 03/26/09
Hi Regina. Just a quick note to congratulate you on your excellent wins this week. 1st Place in Level 1 as well as 9th place in the Editor's Choice -- that really is outstanding. Well done.

Time to move up to Level 2 when we start back with the Challenge next week.

Congratulations again. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Yvette Nietzen03/28/09
This was wonderful, and painted a perfect picture of those mommy days.
congratulations on your win!
Well done! It was nicely written!! Keep up the good work