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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Up and Down (04/02/09)

TITLE: Seesaw
By Dalyn Woods
04/08/09


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I took my grandson to the park the other day. As we rode the seesaw I began to reflect on the pattern of my life.

First snowman. UP.

Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

First thunderstorm. DOWN.

Psalms 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

First day of school. UP.

Psalms 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

Realizing that I had 2,159 more days of school. DOWN.

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

First kiss. UP.

Song of Solomon 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

First heartbreak. DOWN.

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

First car. UP.

2 Chronicles 21:3a And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things.

First car accident. DOWN.

Jeremiah 10:19 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.

The day I accepted Christ as Savior. UP.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The day I was scorned for sharing my faith. DOWN.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The day I met my husband. UP.

Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

The day my husband betrayed me. DOWN.

Isaiah 54:5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Our new house. UP.

Deuteronomy 28:8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Our lost business. DOWN.

2 Corinthians 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

The day my son was born. UP.

Psalms 113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

The day my daughter wasnít. DOWN.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Parentís 50th anniversary. UP.

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Fatherís death. DOWN.

Psalms 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Mother moves in. UP.

Proverbs 23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Mother doesnít recognize me. DOWN.

Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

Opportunities in the future. UP.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Fear of the unknown. DOWN.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Mountains. UP.

Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Valleys. DOWN.

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Godís promises. CONSTANT.

2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

*Scripture from KJV


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Margaret Kearley 04/09/09
Excellent. Such a gripping description of the ups and downs of life and the way you have interspersed it with Scripture, is just wonderful.
Yvonne Blake 04/09/09
Very creative!

I liked the verses intermingled with the incidences. I especially liked the last one...CONSTANT.

Well done!
Jan Ackerson 04/11/09
A clever idea, and a great last line.

I'd have liked more of your own words, perhaps a sentence or two about each of your life's ups and downs.

I like the rhythm of this entry.
Deborah Porter 04/24/09
Hi Dalyn. I'm a week late, but wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, "Seesaw," actually did very well in the Up and Down Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 1, placing 10th in that Level. There were a lot of entries for this topic, and competition in Level 1 is always very intense, so well done.

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=25204

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Again, well done! :-)

Hope to see you at the FaithWriters' Conference in August.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)