Home Read What's New Join
My Account Login

Read Our Devotional             2016 Opportunities to be Published             Detailed Navigation

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge



how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level


submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners

Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.



how it works   Submit

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

TITLE: Strawberries
By stephanie axley


In the spring of 1998 you were in my tummy. My life changed just months before as I heard the great news of salvation and accepted Jesus as my savoir. My past was full of hurt and anger and I never thought I could feel as free and blessed as that special day when your daddy explained the way to the cross to me. And now as I think back on that first spring with you, I remember the long ride to the strawberry patch in the back seat of the preachersí wifeís car. The car was full of saints that day and I was caught up in the beauty of your tiny life growing inside my womb, so the conversations in the car missed my attention and I dreamed of you. I imagined what you would look like and how it would feel to hold you in my arms and I thought, one day Iíll make this same trip with my little girl.
One year later, Iím driving that same long route to the strawberry patch with a little girl buckled safely in my back seat. No one else is with us; this moment is all ours to take in. You have started to crawl so the timing is perfect. I set you between the rows of strawberries and show you how to grab the plump berries and drop them into the box. We both crawl along the ground, picking and tasting the berries. Then I stop and watch you, my beautiful little gift from God. The strawberries lose their appeal once you find the mud and then I giggle as you begin to dip your hands in the cool wet dirt and rub them together. I finish filling up our bucket as you follow slowly behind trying to catch insects as they hop out of our way. When we reach the end of the row I gather you and the berries to head for the water hose. As I load you back into the car I smile at your strawberry stained shirt and your mud caked pants.
The next year we visit that same patch and this time your baby brother sits and watches as you pick strawberries with mommy. You are very serious this year about how many you can put in the bucket, but you also remember to keep your brothers tiny hands filled and we laugh at him as he stuffs the berries into his mouth making a very big mess. As the years pass the strawberries we pick together fill more boxes and we usually race to see who could fill their bucket first. It never mattered how fast the competition was getting, we each managed to taste the berries along the way and never left without berry juice down the front of our shirts. Now daddy never has the chance to make it to the strawberry patch with us, but he enjoys the fresh strawberry pies, muffins and shortcakes that mommy and the kids make together back at home.
This coming spring as I make my way to the strawberry patch I will again think of that first trip so many years ago. My life has changed greatly over the years, but is always full of good gifts and loving favor from God. All those dreams I used to dream have come true for my dear little one and yet God, I find time and again, creates life better than a dream. Not only did I have that moment to share with you my little girl, but we were also joined through the years by your little brother and two little sisters. Each year I look forward to our time together as we pick spring strawberries and the tradition that started with you and mommy continues through our family.

The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE

JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.

This article has been read 347 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Laura Manley07/30/09
This story was a delight! It feels to me as though it is a true story. Be sure to make certain you have double spaces in between paragraphs. I enjoyed this story a lot.
Dawne Biggs07/30/09
Lovely story!
Karen Pourbabaee 07/31/09
Family traditions make wonderful memories don't they...thanks for sharing a sweet story.
Jackie Wilson08/01/09
I enjoyed your story. Thanks!