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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Summer (the season) (07/09/09)

TITLE: The Joy of Summer Time
By Florien Deysel


It is currently winter in my life; winter in my country and winter was in my heart. Everything is cold, dry and dusty. No heat, except for the warm close on my body and the heaters. Other than that, there is no heat at all. Wintertime is a lonely time, a time of rest for nature. Although it is not a time of rest for me, I have to work to earn an honest living. My spirit is at peace, because I gave all my worries and fears to Jesus, thus can I say that my spirit is in its winterís rest. After winter as we all know we have spring and then summer. In spring nature comes to life, blossoms everywhere and the birds and bees are singing joyfully. There is a unique vibe in the air, something that no other season has. Something special. The trees and grass are clothed in green.

Finally it is summer, the blossoms turned into the most delicious fruit. Our gardens and fields are dressed in green with beautiful flowers in between. Our spirits are lifted and our moods are playful. Summer is a special season. Sunny skies, warm lazy days, happy hearts. Summer is my favorite season. I feel healthy and alive. I love to be outside and feel the son on my skin and listen to the birds in the trees. But most of all, I used to feel so much closer to Father in the summer time. This year I just know it will be different though. Summer will be more precious than ever. This summer is going to be bright, sunny and happy.

You may ask why? Well, I am different. Something happened inside me. For the first time in my life I am at peace, total peace in my heart. I donít care what goes on in this world I have peace. My circumstances did not change at all, but I did. I still have the same problems, the same heartache, the same debt, and the same everyday problems that life brings to us. But I am different. I know my Daddy is in control and that He will take care of my family and me. I know He is in control and I am most happy to leave the reigns of my life in His capable hands. I am in Godís rest. Ps 23:1 (KJV). This Psalm became very real to me. The Lord is truly my shepherd.
Psa 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

How and when this change came I donít know. I am like the season summer. I just woke up one day and it is summer, winter is over and done with. Only my Daddy can do this. I went to bed crying Daddy, please Daddy I need to change and I need a miracle from you. After praying intensely and weeping before Father and spending time in His Holy presence I finally fell asleep. When I woke up I said my morning prayers and the day began. The same as every other day and somewhere along the day I realized that I am at peace. Nothing can move me. I have peace. It is so different, so calming, and so unique that I am still amazed by it all. Finally it is summer in my life. I am calm. I do believe that summer will come in my business and in my home. I believe that my children will blossom and that love will flow like a river in my family. I trust that my Daddy will also lead my husband and children into His rest. My family will be restored and our home will be filled with joy and laughter.

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Jeanne E Webster 07/18/09
Prayerfully written and prayerfully received. Yes, God is there to bring peace and joy back into our hearts. Well written, touching story. God's best to you and your family!
Laury Hubrich 07/20/09
This is a nice devotional. Good job. Thank you for sharing.