The Official Writing Challenge
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05/27/10
Beautiful writing!

A teensy suggestion--you may have a few too many sentences with semicolons for such a short devotional.

I really love the comparisons to Nehemiah--surely one of the OT's most inspiring characters.
05/27/10
An inspiring read. Well done with the lesson conveyed. This spoke to me too, "As Nehemiah received instruction from God so will a writer who seeks His face" Thank you for your good writing.
05/28/10
I think you nailed it. Inspiration does, ultimately, come from God. And I loved the bit about pursuing the Giver, not the gift. Too often we do that, don't we? Great job.
05/31/10
AMEN! Great job. You nailed this weeks challenge and beautifully done.
05/31/10
Good writing with a great message.
05/31/10
Good job. You really accomplished the assignment with beautiful writing.
05/31/10
Very creative take on the topic! I love the story of Nehemiah, but I never would have thought to relate his experiences to those of a writer. The comparison certainly works, though. Enjoyed it!
05/31/10
Wonderful devotional for any writer. I especially loved the last paragraph "Silent resignation to present circumstance is not Godís plan. Purposeful pursuit of the Giver, not the gift, is." This is a great reminder in life as well as in writing (or using our other gifts).

This shed a whole new light on the story of Nehemiah for me. Thanks.
06/01/10
Your first paragraph was strong, setting the tone and mood for the rest of this well-written piece. Excellent representation for this week's challenge. (You won't be in Beginners very long with this quality of writing.) Well done!
06/01/10
Thank you for such an inspirational and challenging piece. As a very new member to FaithWriters and certainly a Level I, I will benefit so much from this word.
Nancy K. Sullivan
06/01/10
This is a vibrantly descriptive piece.
06/03/10
Maria,
Congratulations on your win! I enjoyed this piece. The part that struck me the most was "As Nehemiah received instruction from God so will the writer who seeks His face." Lovely encouragement.
06/04/10
Congratulations on your win!
06/09/10
Congratulations to you for taking first place with this winning entry. Thanks for the reminder that we must pursue God, not the gift--wise words.