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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Oops (01/14/10)

TITLE: JESUS, MY STUMBLING BLOCK!
By Jean Lopez
01/15/10


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When I came to Christ, I came looking for revenge. At the age of forty-two
years old my heart was broken and empty. I felt worthless, dead. My soul was dark and heavy. There was no light in my life. My mind was filled with bad memories, especially memories from my last relationship, and that someone had to pay, even with their life. My thoughts were bitter and I wanted revenge.
My life was over and it shouldn't have ended that way. So much bad things had happened to me in my life. I knew I wasn't a bad person, but somehow I had ended-up alone, in shambles, with nothing, after trying for so long in my life to be good and to do good. So at the age of forty-two, saddled with my disappointment and pain, I went to Jesus.
I didn't know what to expect, but I knew that I had to talk to someone about my life and I needed Christ to listen, even though He might have already known everything.
Fearlessly, I talked to Jesus and He listened. Then I told Him that something has to be done.
But oops!, Jesus did something to me that I did not suspect or expect:
He took my burdens, cleaned me and gave me a new soul filled with peace.
He told me He loved me, even from the beginning and He has never failed me
yet; but I have always walked according to man. He made me realise that He had always been standing by me and it was He who has kept me through-out all my ups and downs. He gave me a better life. He filled my heart with the joy of His salvation and put a smile back on lips.
He is teaching me His righteousness, how to walk in His Spirit and overcome all the things of the flesh (sin), which keeps us as human beings, whom He created without blemish, separated from Him.
Finally, through Jesus Christ my Stumbling Block, I have triumphed in my life. He stopped me from sinking further into the endless pit of sin, by taking away my need for revenge. He blessed me with a clean way of living, Christianity.
As a new Christian in the Body of Christ, I renew my mind and refresh my spirit daily, for I am constantly reminded all around me that satan never stops working and neither will I for Christ, my Stumbling Block...oops!


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Helen Dowd 01/21/10
Thanks for your heart-wrenching testimony. I am glad that you "Stumbled" upon Jesus, and that you came to Him....Blessings...Helen
Amanda Brogan01/21/10
Great title and a very engaging first sentence! They really draw the reader in.
You might want to try different words in a few areas though. Like instead of, "so much bad things," try "so many bad things" or "so much bad stuff." These would probably be more grammatically correct. Also, since you are speaking in the past tense, "something had to be done" would work better than "something has to be done."
Again, great testimony! Keep on polishing away at that writing and it'll shine! :)
Janice Fitzpatrick01/22/10
Praise the Lord He is our Block and Rock and always has grace and mecy for us n matter what. Keep on writing. I loved your honesty and heart felt piece. God bless you.:0)
Jean Beier01/23/10
I never would have thought of Jesus as a stumbling block, but you have shown a different meaning to the words. Great Job! When I wrote my first Challenge story, it was pointed out to me about the tenses. Take heed, it does make a difference. Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless you in your walk with Him.
Joy Bach 01/23/10
Thanks so much for sharing your testimony. It certainly was from a different angle. Spaces between paragraphs would help next time.
stanley Bednarz 01/24/10
I enjoyed your testimony. Great way to use the challenge. This family of faith is here for you.God bless.
Kate Oliver Webb01/24/10
I can't add any better comments than your friends did above, so I just say "Amen" and thank you for sharing!
AnneRene' Capp 01/24/10
Your testimony will no doubt help so many others who have worn your shoes. Always encouraging to see other brothers and sisters push past the intimidation of laying it all out there. I really enjoyed your comment about being reminded that satan never stops working and neither will you, for Christ. Amen!
Jan Ackerson 01/25/10
Thanks so much for your moving testimony. It's lovely to read how Jesus works in our lives.

I've started a thread in the message boards specifically for Beginner and Intermediate writers, and I'd love to have you stop by. http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67

This was my first read today, a lovely way to start my morning.
Edmond Ng 01/25/10
You have written well in expressing your inner feelings, which come through to the readers. Keep on writing for God! It's a good way of touching lives, not just others' but also ourselves in showing our love for the Lord.