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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Ohhh…. (02/04/10)

TITLE: More Snow
By bobbi richardson


Ohhh nooo not more snow!

As I look forlornly out my window snow continues to fall. It piles up, burying everything in unrecognizable mounds of white. Cold icy wind whips it around like freezing white confetti.

All I can think of is the chore ahead. Digging out my car...again.

It's been a rough winter. Unusually cold and snowy.

I've complained and whined every time the forecast called for more cold and more snow.

Ranting and raving about how I hate winter, I plead for the snow to stop.

What an ungrateful child I am.

But still God shows me in quiet gentle little ways that He is in control and He loves me.

Little black and white birds come to my windowsill to feed on the birdseed I put there. Squirrels and chipmunks dig themselves a protective hollow in the snow while they feast on the "critter food" I threw out. Neighbors shout to each other offering help to anyone in need. Kids laugh and shriek as they sled down the hill in front of my house. Toddlers stand amazed at the new white world they are experiencing for the first time.

Yes, it's snowing again and yes, I will have to dig my car out...again, but I will try to do it with a better attitude this time. As I shovel I will try to remember to count my blessings instead of complaining. I will try to look beyond my discontent and notice the good things God is showing me.

While I don't think I will ever be able to say that I love (or even like) winter or snow I have determined not to grumble. I will not plead for it to stop because I know that God is in control and in His time the snow will stop, the sun will shine and warm spring breezes will replace the howling cold winds.

In the meantime, I will try to remember to thank Him for a warm home and plenty of food; and for the health and ability to clean off my car...again.

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Delores McCarter02/11/10
I loved this piece. Very well done. I do not think you belong in the "beginner" catagory. In my opinion, your writing is polished enough to advance to the next level. Great job!
Amanda Brogan02/11/10
Ugh! I know how you feel! I absolutely can't wait for winter to end and the warmth of spring to surround me. I greatly enjoyed your encouragment to stop grumbling long enough to be thankful for what we have - plenty of food, warm houses, even the beauty of snow. A great reminder to count our blessings. Thanks!
Verna Mull 02/11/10
I feel for you, as we have escaped snow for many years by coming to Arizona, but I love your attitude. After all, the attitude about snow is in the mind or eye of the beholder. A very good description of a Christian battle to face things as they are, and see the happy side. Good job!
Paulette Johnson02/15/10
Well written. Keep up the good work.
Jan Ackerson 02/16/10
I'm SOOO with you on the snow!

I really liked the pacing and the voice in this little gem.
Jackie Wilson02/17/10
Very nice flow, and a very encouraging message. Good job!