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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

TITLE: Love Letters From God
By Fern Brown
04/09/10


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Love Letters From God


Momma and Daddy were good parents to their eight children and willingly took time to listen when one of them had a need. They faithfully taught them that God had an answer for all of life’s problems.

Shy, little Sally, however, always had more questions than anyone could listen to, let alone answer. Many times she wished she could talk to God face to face. He would understand her need to know. She had already learned that she wouldn’t see God until He took her to Heaven.

One day, walking through the house, with pencil and paper in hand she prayed, “Dear God, I like to write letters. I would like to write you a letter and have you send one back to me from Heaven. It would be nice if it floated right down from the sky and landed in my back yard. Jesus, I have never seen letters floating in the sky, so I’m sure you don’t do that.”

Since Sally was a good reader and a good listener she learned many things. However, there was always so much more to know.

During this time the students in her fifth grade class had to memorize a poem and share it with the entire class. She listened half-heartedly to some of the students, until one girl recited a line that stuck with her for a lifetime. Lydia quoted, “God made the trees to flourish and grow; God gave me a mind and I want to know.” That thought was all it took for her to understand that God wanted her to have questions and to get answers.

She never seemed to sop thinking. Many ideas floated through her brain, but she was afraid to express them verbally. Someone might laugh at her or think she was stupid.

As the little girl grew into a big girl she began corresponding with many people. When someone responded she was delighted, and ready to write another letter immediately.

Sally grew into a lovely young lady, although she had become very quiet. She still conveyed most of her thoughts in her letters. If anyone chose to laugh at least she wouldn’t have to know about it.

Sally made friends easily and soon met the young man of her dreams. They fell in love, married and began a family. Trials came. She had been taught all her life that life is hard and trials come to everyone without exception, no matter how close one walks with God. Who could she go to for answers?

She found solace in writing her prayers to God. “Dear God,” she began. I’ve been taught all my life that You are able to help with any problem. Some of these are so big I don’t know what to do.” Sally continued writing her prayers and reading her Bible finding great comfort for her soul.

This gave her tremendous refreshment and soon became a habit in her life. She recorded heartaches, frustrations, disappointments, and everything else that was on her heart. She remembered to thank God for the joys and blessings, too. She recorded delightful things the children did and the special times she and her husband spent together.

She regularly checked her notebook and was thrilled to see so many answers to prayer.

One day as she was reading the Bible, conversing with God about what was written on the pages of His Word, she broke into laughter and tears at the same time. “I did it, God! I wrote you letters and sent them to you via prayer. You had already written me all the letters I would ever need in your precious Word. My childhood dream has become a reality almost without my realization. Thank you, God, that I can write to you and will always get a response!”

For little Sally, the pen was very mighty. It taught her the might of the greatest Sword ever – the Holy Word of God.

KJV Hebrews 4:12a For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…


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AnneRene' Capp 04/15/10
Cute story about having a one on one relationship with God.

Having a very similar experience, enjoyed Sally's revelation of finding out that God had already answered her questions, in His word.
Phee Paradise 04/15/10
I love that your Sword is the Word of God. Using Sally's letter writing was a great way to tell the story of her walk with God.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/16/10
I enjoyed it from the title right to the epiphany. You made your point very clear. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 04/19/10
Cute story!

My suggestion would be to work a bit on "showing, not telling".

Your writing shows considerable potential, and I enjoyed reading this story.
Amanda Brogan04/21/10
This is an intriguing story and a pleasure to read. It's almost like a mini-novel, since it started with Sally as a young girl and advanced into her adulthood. I love how her long-ago prayer was answered in the end - and the answer had been there all along.

I can relate to Sally in her love for letter-writing and journal entries. It's so great to look back at those written trials and triumphs and see how God has worked in our lives.

I hope you will be writing many more challenge entries. :)
Sarah Elisabeth 04/23/10
Fern, congrats on placing 10th in Level 1! That's an accomplishment :-)

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the highest rankings on the forums:

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