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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)

TITLE: Melting the Hardened Ice
By Holly Hoell
02/02/10


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After two weeks, I still haven't heard back from my friend Betsy. I have been in the habit of talking to her at least once a week for several months now. I left her a couple of voice messages but the silence lingers. When I talked to one of her other friends, I found out that she had minor surgery on her knee yesterday.

I started really struggling with my emotions. My feelings told me that she would have returned my calls if she really thought of me as a priority. Do I even matter to her? Thoughts like that spiraled in my mind trying to sweep me up into despair.

I struggled against those thoughts, saying to myself, she doesn't owe me anything. I can't look to collect some kind of debt from her so that I can feel better. I have to think the best in unconditional love. I have to show her mercy, even if she is giving me the silent treatment. I cannot let this type of thing pull me down. The Lord gives me what I need and He will use this to strengthen me.

I am brought back to the feeling of helplessness as a young girl when I wanted to confront Pam, the bully who was calling me names on the bus each day. In my own power, I am helpless. If I reason with the flesh and then sow to the flesh I will reap destruction from my sin.

Only by walking in the spirit will I overcome the feeling of rejection that I have experienced so many times before. I cannot do this without Jesus or I will fail over and over again. When Betsy and I finally do talk, I want to flow in the love and mercy that is from above. Together, with a little help from the holy spirit, we can melt the hardened ice in our hearts.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/06/10
Add a scripture and a prayer and you have the start of a good devotion. Nice job in making me think about how I treat my friends.
Ruth Brown 02/07/10
You share a real lesson. Let's learn to keep in touch. Some people climb into a shell when ill.