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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)

TITLE: The Necklace
By Holly Hoell
03/16/10


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It was a silver cross necklace with slightly rounded corners and a nice design of black trim throughout. Jackie, my best friend handed it to me saying that she got one for both of us from a police auction.

Thank you! I said and gave her a big hug. That was four years ago and it became my favorite necklace. Rarely did I take it off. I was in a motorcycle accident and hospital stay with it. I had it on during various trials, the worst being the break up me and Jackieís friendship.

For well over a year, I would weep over the loss of our friendship or a hurtful email. Tears would run down my face and make that cross wet; my heart pouring out its sadness and pain. The day did come where Jackie and I made up, but it was never the same and I was still getting hurt on a regular basis. I felt like no matter what I did in the friendship, I would never have that same closeness with her as before. I was hurt and confused and prayed each day for the Lordís help.

One day at church, Beverly an angel of a person who I only met once, asked me if I was ok.

I said I was struggling with a few things but didnít go into detail.

She talked and prayed with me. The words she spoke, as she prayed and held both my hands, soothed my spirit. I knew that the Lord had surely sent her my way. She was so compassionate and kind, she even started calling me each week to check on me. I was so grateful to her I wanted to give her something to show it.

I prayed and asked the Lord what I should do. It came to my mind that I should give her the cross I had been wearing all this time. I continued to think on it and prayed about it many times but kept coming up with the same answer. I cleaned the necklace and boxed it as nice as I could. It actually wasnít as nice as some of my other necklaces, but it was my favorite. I gave it to Beverly who seemed appreciative of it. However, the next few times I saw her, I noticed she wasn't wearing it and I thought it was kind of odd, but oh well; I did what I thought the Lord wanted me to do.

As a couple months went by, I started feeling a freedom from the sadness that I had been so burdened with. I started to realize how much bondage I was in with that friendship. As I was pondering this, that necklace came to my mind. I felt like as strange as it may sound; part of this new feeling was due to getting rid of that necklace.

I called Beverly and asked her. You know that necklace that I gave you?

Yes? She said.

I don't think that necklace was really for you per say. I think the Lord just wanted me to get rid of it. Knowing that I wouldn't just throw it away, He told me to give it to you.

There was a silence at the other end of the phone. Then, she spoke; itís interesting that you say that. I was telling my friend Joan that I just can't bring myself to put it on. It seems to have a heaviness about it.

A spiritual heaviness I asked?

Yes; she replied. Itís been sitting at the bottom of my dresser drawer and I've been praying about it.

I told her to throw it away, explaining all I knew about it and my experiences.

To this day I still think how strange the events surrounding that necklace were. I donít know much about the occult and this was just a piece of metal. It does make me think of a passage in the bible.

ďThe carved images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God.Ē Deu 7:25 (ASV)

Iíve been in my share of messes. However, by whatever means necessary Jesus has and continues to protect and set me free from anything that distracts or keeps me from Him.


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Rikki Akeo03/18/10
This entry is seriously deep and incredibly thought provoking. I reaped an obedience factor for myself. One of my favorite parts is your revelation that God knew you wouldn't throw your necklace away, but you might give it away. It shows that He meets us where we're at with the purpose of growing us.
AnneRene' Capp 03/18/10
Good story and powerful message. Rejoiced with you as you obeyed God to get rid of the necklace and although you gave it away as a gift, you followed through at God's leading and humbly called Beverly. Praise God, she was a sister in the Lord who also listened!
Darren Pettis03/19/10
What a heavy cross to carry--huh?

Pick up your cross, and carry Jesus within your heart.

I liked your story.
Jan Ackerson 03/20/10
Your story really drew me in, and that's the sign of good writing.

There were several errors in punctuation (commas and quotation marks missing, primarily). I'd love to see those polished up, as your writing has considerable potential.

There's an informal "class" for beginners in the forums of this site called "Jan's Writing Basics". It's on a short vacation right now, but there are some lessons there that might be of interest to a blooming writer like you. I hope you'll stop by! Send me a PM if you can't find it.