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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Brown (11/26/09)

TITLE: Crowning Glory
By Jan Stewart


As I shut my eyes in a private moment with my loving Father, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. This was a proud moment in my life when my heart brimmed with love and thankfulness. As I adjusted my daughter's wedding veil, the soft morning sunlight caught in her hair and it shone with the rich tones of polished walnut. Natural highlights, like soft toffee and caramel, twirled amidst its glorious curls. So beautiful, this amazing girl, with a heart for the nations.

Many times I had seen her with forlorn, broken children sitting on her lap as she smiled with such love into their grubby brown faces. Those sick and dirty children, forgotten and unloved, living in an unheard of village somewhere in Africa. Somewhere, sometime, God had ignited in her such a desire to help and care for the lost and brokenhearted.

I suddenly remembered a conversation many years ago, when she was seated on my own lap whilst I brushed her riot of tangled brown curls. At six, it was easier to manage her unruly mop by keeping it in a ponytail, but I promised her that one day she would be thankful to have such beautiful hair. I noticed tears glistening on her little freckled cheeks, and she woefully told me she wished she had golden hair like her sister's.

“It's so shiny and straight and much prettier than mine!' she wailed. “ I want people to think I look like a princess and then they'll like me.” I looked down at the troubled face, and hugged her tight.

“Do you know just how special you are Ruthie? God made us all different and all beautiful; some with blonde hair, some with black or red, some with no hair at all! God knew just how he wanted you to look when he created you, long before you were even born. He chose your face specially for you, and wanted you to have curly brown hair and chocolate brown eyes because they are perfect for you. If you thank Him everyday for who you are it will make Him so happy! But beauty is not only about how we look, it comes from within. God wants us even more, to have a beautiful heart. He wants us to think of others more than ourselves, and to show love to everyone, to the people who have nothing, and even to those who we think don't deserve it”.

I watched emotions flicker over her face as she pondered my words and dried her tears, then solemnly she declared, “If God wants me to have brown hair, then that's ok. I will have to ask Him to help me love everyone though, so I can have a beautiful heart. Sometimes it is not easy to love everyone, but I want to!” What precious words those turned out to be!

In that defining moment Ruth opened her heart to the Lord, and began her journey in loving others.
A willing heart is all He needed. That earnest little girl with wild, brown tangles grew up, and before me now, framed in the mirror, stood a radiant young bride, a princess, with a crown of stars adorning her dark brown hair, a beautiful treasure and a willing servant , with a heart of gold.

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Mandy Durand12/06/09
This really touched me. A beautiful story written from the heart.
Sunny Loomis 12/09/09
Good descriptions, nice story. Well done.
Karen Macor12/09/09
You have shown your love and pride in a very beautiful daughter. Your description of her physical traits and her spiritual character were well done. It made me want to know her.
Charla Diehl 12/16/09
Congratulations on taking first place with this lovely story. Indeed, a willing heart is all God needs to help us use the gifts He has given us.