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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: Legitimate Interruptions
By Fern Brown


Legitimate Interruptions

Important dignitaries are the biggest challenge a woman faces in her realm of life, especially in her writing efforts. They come in all shapes and sizes. They must be dealt with on a daily, sometimes moment-by-moment basis.

Hubby holds the highest place of honor in human relationships. She is his companion, playmate, best friend and help meet. She works willingly to help him become the man of God he longs to be.

Meal preparations head the list. A nourishing breakfast, lunch and dinner is a must. For the would-be writer, that is Cheerios, McDonald’s and Burger King. Husband tolerates that idea for one day. Then it’s two square meals a day plus Honey-nut Cheerios for breakfast.

Wanting her husband to present a picture of grandeur she washes laundry, takes clothes to the cleaner and irons. A shortcut to allow more time for becoming an author would be to let him stink a little. She also might be able to get used to a few wrinkles in his shirts. Will he notice? She quickly decides it isn’t a good trade.

Infant arrives. Mama has an agenda for each day of her life. Baby comes along and rearranges Mama's best-laid plans.

Mama wants to sleep; Baby wants to cry. Then so does Mama.

Mama wants to eat. Baby says, "Oh, no you don't! I'm first."

Mama wants time alone with God. Baby says, "I want time alone with Mama."

Mama says, “I need to write down all the cute things my little one does."

The little one says, "Just spend time with me now. You can write later." Mama inscribes special memories on her heart, rather than on a blank page.

More kids come and they all grow. Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to school they go. Now Mother has all the time she longs for to write. No way!

She makes a list and checks it twice, often four or five times. Touring the city, she chauffeurs kids to and from school, games, church and youth activities. Uncomplaining, she acknowledges, “This is time well invested.”

The kids invite their playmates over for the night. Their friends volunteer their presence again...and again. Mama’s home is a haven for her family and she continually welcomes their comrades.

When the day starts quietly, Mama collects her Bible and journal for a delightful time with her Father. The doorbell rings. It is Good Friend saying, "Go shopping with me. You need a break and I need some company."

Mama detects Good Friend has a heartache. She puts aside her desires, not because she enjoys shopping, but because the Bible says, “As ye would have others do unto you, do ye even so to them.” She knows God's will is about dying to self and bearing the burdens of others.

Neighbor wants to grow in her walk with Jesus. Mama has a job now. "Lord," she cries out in desperation. "I am so busy already I don't have time for one more project. How can I possibly do a Bible Study?”

God says, "Your neighbor needs you. I'll arrange for you to quit working."

She engulfs herself in the Bible lessons and continues to learn God’s will.

She remembers the years she has propelled her dreams into the future because she’s been blessed to meet the desires of others. God used those times to prepare her for such a time as this. Like Moses on the backside of the desert, not a moment was wasted or lost. She has gained wisdom and insight from the joys and laughter as well as the trials and heartaches of life. What she couldn’t record on paper is written in the corridors of her heart. She pulls memories from her brain, a lifetime of scribbled notes and her numerous, partially filled journals.

To buy more time Mama invests in a computer. Learning to navigate the computer presents a new challenge in her writing career. By now, she has learned things and people will always place claims on her time. She will be the victor only by God’s wisdom and grace, and writing precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little; exactly what she has done throughout her life.

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. KJV

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Rachel Burkum06/18/10
A delightful tale of something so real. I think my favorite part was Mama talking back and forth with Baby.

(I'm guessing near the top, you meant "help mate" instead of "meet.")The story seemed to lag just a bit towards the end, but overall a good piece. Good job!
Dee Yoder 06/20/10
Delightful tale! It is so true and I love the wise use of time Mama has: her memories and experiences are all the richer for the time she invested in others. (And I know that "meet" is used in the King James version--no worries.)
Mildred Sheldon06/23/10
So very true for a mother and writer. Each must pick and choose and trust in the Lord's leading. I enjoyed your article very much. Good job and keep writing. God bless.
Nancy Sullivan 06/24/10
Congratulations on a well-deserved 1st Place. You expressed the real-time life of a writer beautifully!
God Bless. Nancy
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/24/10
Congratulations on doing such a great job. I could really relate to the momma wants baby wants portion.