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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: Under Construction


In February of this year I began a ninety day period where I proclaimed myself to be under Godís construction. The desire to move closer to God was overwhelming; I could physically feel Him pulling me. Having been reborn in Christ less than a year ago, I knew nothing about Godís love, the life of Christ, or what it meant to be a Christian. My goal was to saturate myself with Godís word and to write about what I was learning every day for ninety days. Every friend on my contact list was emailed with my declaration and a request to be held accountable. Thus, my construction began.

Immediately, God began to teach me, break me down, and reconstruct me. On day one I realized that He was taking no prisoners. I was made to look at sin I had buried under years of guilt, rediscover my part in the dissolution of my marriage, and was finally made to understand that I am nothing and He is everything. I was introduced to His standard for His daughters, made aware of what a Godly man truly is and what I should wait for, and was instilled with a profound disgust for any sexual immorality. People from my past who I still held bitterness towards began showing up in various ways, and I knew that this was part of Godís plan for me. He even brought me face to face with the man who assaulted me ten years ago to teach me what it truly means to forgive.

Every time I wrote, I sent my writings through email to everyone on my contact list. One of the reasons I did this was to be held accountable. The other reason I did this was to witness that I, a sinner of the worst sort, could be forgiven, loved, and made anew. What I didnít expect was the negative response I would get from a few who I thought were closest to me. My closest friend for the past fifteen years no longer speaks to me. She bluntly asked me to stop sending her my ďJesus notesĒ and that she was saddened at the person she was seeing me become. Itís amazing how the heart changes to become more like Godís the closer you are to Him. When I read her letter I felt my heart break, but it was breaking for her, not for me. I knew at that moment that I was feeling what God feels when one of us turns from Him. I pray for her nightly, and I chose to take her response as a sign that I was on the right track. ďYouíre blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into Godís kingdom.Ē Matthew 5:10.

My ninety day construction period has ended, but God is still actively working in my life. I never knew I could change in so many ways. God gave me the strength to quit drinking. He convicted me of my sins and gave me his heart and desire for purity. I am a better mother, daughter, woman, and can delight in being called a Christian. I was on a one-way road straight to where I donít want to go and through Godís grace I have been set free.

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AnneRene' Capp05/20/10
Wow, Amen and thank you for such an insightful and inspiring article. I was ministered to, convicted and blessed!!! What an excellent witnessing tool in so many areas. I hurt with you on the loss of your friend but will add her to my prayers also. God knows her name :) Excellent title...bullseye "on topic" and perfect timing for this to be written!

Theresa Santy 05/20/10
Love the title. This piece was very well written, passionate, and sincere.
Fern Brown05/20/10
God's amazing grace shines through your testimony. This was a gentle, loving reminder that we all need to let Him reconstruct us daily.
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse05/21/10
Wow. What a testimony. What a witness you are for Christ! It is in your very weaknesses that you have been made strong (2 Corinthians 12:9). God bless you. You certainly left me wondering just how close to God I really am....
Mildred Sheldon05/21/10
Amen! what a testimony to the power of God. Loved this more than I can say. Keep writing for the glory of God.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 05/23/10
Vulnerability and honesty are a one way ticket to crucifixion - It's a wonder who hammers in the nails, isn't it?
And, once more, we have the opportunity for love, forgiveness, and more vulnerability.
Remember - who you are!
An encourager - that' s who.
Bless you, sis, fellow sharer of the sufferings of Christ -
Maria Kana Santos05/25/10
I truly bless God for the transformation He's done in your life through the cleansing mercies of our dear Lord Saviour Jesus. I am very sad you when you lost your close friend as she chose differently from the path God showed you. "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." (2Tim.3:12). Be of good courage, and be very brave, fellow pilgrim! The Lord Jesus is faithful to keep you.