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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)

TITLE: The Song
By Sarah Elisabeth


God told my mother she would have a girl.

I was named long before I was born: Sarah Elisabeth meaning Princess from God. I must have known the significance of that name right away; Jesus became my heartbeat before my memory began.

One day not long after birth I gazed up at my mommy and daddy, gurgling, cooing; and something special took place. My parents videotaped me with the words to a beautiful song playing in the background – Born to Love You by Scott Wesley Brown. This memory was not refreshed in me until the day my mom tearfully told me the story over twenty years later after hearing the song again. And I cried. I cried at the thought of how precious each word in the song was and how my own story had unfolded. The song was the story of my life, written long before I could walk or talk. Growing up in Him, all of my days; I was born just to love Him!

That song and countless others, integrated with Bible reading and spoken words of faith, ignited a fire of passion for God within me. And you know what they say….your first flame never dies!

His light has illuminated my life since before I can remember. My birth was for Him, as His birth was for me; and loving Him is my greatest desire!

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Deana Thomas08/29/09
This is a sweet story. It would have more meaning to the reader if you include the lyrics to the song. Nicely written.
Joni Andrews 09/01/09
Wow. This was a blessing and encouragement to me.
"born just to love him" That's what I want! Before reading this I did think that "Sarah Elisabeth" was a very significant name! Thank you for sharing this. Very nicely done.
dub W09/01/09
Wonderful thought. About the right length for a devotion. A little work and you will go far writing like this.
Virgil Youngblood 09/01/09
Well written and a blessing to read.
Connie Dixon09/01/09
This was a bright spot in my day. Not everyone is so blessed as to have loving, godly parents that instilled a love for God in them. Great story.
Kristin Slavik09/01/09
Good story. You have a natural style. I agree that the lyric to the song would be beneficial added to this piece. Keep Writing!
Catrina Bradley 09/01/09
Your entry starts out strong - I especially like this beautiful line: "Jesus became my heartbeat before my memory began."

The next paragraph has a rushed feeling - you have plenty of room to expand on what you tell us here. I'd love to read more details and maybe some dialog between you and your mother.

The end isn't as strong as the beginning, but it is heartfelt and encouraging. Thank you!
Deborah Porter 09/03/09
Hi Sarah. I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, The Song, actually did very well in the Birth Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 1, placing 10th in that Level.

The competition is always intense in Level 1, so you deserve a pat on the back. :-)

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:

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

Again, well done!

Just a quick reminder about this year’s Page Turner Contest for 500 members. If you have a novel in the works (even just the first chapter), this contest is a must to enter:

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)