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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)

TITLE: "Light Shall Break Forth as the Morning"
By TheWayTruthLife Santos


Journal: March 1, 1999

Newness in Spring? Three months since I made my New Yearís resolutions. I am getting old! And I donít see how I can help it.

Sixteen! My mind conspired to plague me. The Bible says to be careful with my heart, ďFor out of it are the issues of life.Ē I am miserable at how I can start at changing myself!

I mean to get up early. But itís dismally cold out there. The last of wintry days were just yesterday!

Itís delightfully warm in bed, deeper in my quilt. I stayed up late last night, writing. Iím too occupied to pray now.

I'll write consistently in my new journal each day. At sixteen, I feel that Iím in the premise of making changes about myself. Momma and Dadís queer ideas and crazy notions about how my life should be might have some truths. Setting that aside, I am beginning to feel some disgust just thinking of what to say of myself. But Iím going to write. I'll be brave.

Itíll be good to read my journals over in the next four years, and see what a creature I am. I felt like turning a new leaf at the start of the year. New yearís resolutions seemed a neat idea for a young woman as I. I fancy at being just like the goody people my sisters and I read about in old books. I imagine how pleased Dad and Momma would be to see me improved.

Theyíll wait for me for prayer and devotions. I donít care much for praying though.

March 15---

My family is so provoking! My distressing trial in this full house! I disappointed Momma when I spoke up about the lack of discipline of my brothers and sisters. My parents often scold me to keep my hands at home. I know what that means.

Iím too upset to pray.

April 3 ---

Dinner bell rang for breakfast. I jumped up with a start and flurried to find my dress, fleece jacket, and knee-highs. Nel swept our room again, and hung my dress in the closet! And why couldnít Melissa stop poking in my wardrobe! I want them just where I left them last night!

Praying was too late.

Downstairs, Momma sighed at my tardiness. But her smile invited me to my cozy seat:

ďLate again, Sis. You donít deserve breakfast,Ē Ken smirked and teased.

ďIf I spent half as much time looking for my things, I wouldnít have half as much time coming down late!Ē

Momma sighed again. I would have preferred a stern and open rebuke than a sigh. A chance at answering back would have been more freeing.

After breakfast and devotions, we set to work with chores. As I hurried off to our schoolroom, it flashed into my mind that I had not said my prayers. That wasnít nice to begin a day! Well, I guess my self-denying resolutions pleased God better than my rambling prayers could.

I wonder what Momma finds to say when sheís up so early for study of her Bible and prayer.

May 1 --

My empty brain canít figure out an algebra problem. Iíll force myself to half-finish school earlier. Brainwork for the day is draining. I canít pray. Praying is thinking. And thinking tires me. I'll say my prayers in bed tonight, if I donít fall asleep.

Momma was sitting by the fire in her rocking chair reading a missionary storybook to Ken, Jim and Jody. A sunny spring afternoon couldnít keep the children indoors after a good read. Left alone, it was her usual quiet afternoon reading Tozerís, ďThe Knowledge of the HolyĒ, and praying.

After what seemed an hour, Momma called me from my own reverie.

ďKerryn, I'm sorry for you that you have taken after my selfish, strong-willed temper.Ē

ďYours! I canít believe it, Momma!Ē

I hung my head feeling horrible about myself. I just wished there was any way to grow good.

ďI wish I could make you love to pray. I wish you could know there is real happiness in asking the One who hears and answers prayer of those who ask. I wish I could help you see your need of God in every way.Ē


Iíve seen my emptiness and darkness outside Calvaryís mercy. And I have seen the beauty and sweetness of life. The crowning joy of prayer since Spring brought forth new Life in Jesus, fills my soul.

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Laura Manley07/31/09
Sounds like this young lady is too wrapped up in other things than to have communication with God. I think we all have experienced that at sometime in our Christian life. Nice job!