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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Year(s) (01/20/11)

TITLE: Prayer Journal
By Cedrecia Pena


Prayer Journal

January 1 Ė Dear God, itís a new year full of fresh opportunities. Thereís nothing that you and I canít handle this year.

January 3 Ė Dear God, I joined a gym today. Iím feeling great. I know that I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to doing. This is going to be the best year for me yet.

February 8 Ė Dear God, Iíve been working hard and itís paying off. Iím finally on my way to losing this weight. Iíve lost 6 pounds so far. I have a date with someone this weekend that I met online. I canít wait. Everything in my life is coming together.

March 9 Ė Dear God, Iíve heard rumors that my company is merging with a larger company. Iím really excited about the new opportunities that could bring.

April 1 Ė April Foolís Day. Dear God, I feel like a fool today. Iíve gained back 3 pounds. I had a date last night with someone new from the dating site. I liked him, but he didnít seem to like me. I canít say that I blame him. How could anyone find me attractive like this? God, why did you make me this way?

May 3 Ė Dear God, I let my gym membership expire. It was a waste of money. I never used it. I guess I will always be like this.

May 21 Ė Dear God, my companyís merger will be happening soon. It seems that some people in management will be leaving. I am sure that I am a candidate for an opening position. Iíve worked hard for a long time for this opportunity.

June 2 Ė Dear God, Iíve dropped the dating site. I know that itís hopeless. I think I must be unlovable. Iím still trying to diet. I know that would make a difference in the way men look at me. God, why wonít you take this away from me? How long will I have to fight these battles? How long will I have to be alone?

June 12 Ė I was fired today. The new company came in and replaced about 60% of our workforce with their own. I donít understand how this could happen. God, please help me. Donít you see what is happening in my life? Where are you?

September 3 Ė Dear God, I know itís been a while. Things have been tough for me. My savings account is getting low. I havenít been able to find another job. Iím still struggling with weight and eating. I am so weak. I just canít seem to get anything right.

September 13 Ė Dear God, I met some people new people. They knocked on my door one day and invited me to their church. I was apprehensive, but I went. Iíve found some fellowship and faith that Iíve been missing for a while. Thank you.

September 28 Ė Dear God, my new friends told me about a job. I have an interview scheduled Thursday morning. Please let me get this job. Thank you for the opportunity.

October 15 Ė Dear God, I got the job and I love it. Itís just an administrative position, but itís at an organization whose goal is to prevent child abuse. I love being part of their mission. I will get my first paycheck on Friday, just in time. I have eight dollars left in my account. Thank you, God. You are so good. Your timing is perfect.

November 7 Ė Dear God, the job is difficult some days. The situations that we see are so discouraging. Please pour out your grace on these families. Please use me in any way that you will to bless them.

December 24 Ė Dear God, thank you for the great sacrifice that you made when you sent your Son to live among us and die for us.

December 31 Ė Dear Father, you are so good. I know now that you never left me. Your plan is far better than any that I could have imagined on my own. Your love overwhelms me. You have given me opportunities that I would not have sought on my own. You have given me peace beyond all understanding. You have shown me love even though I looked everywhere except to you for it. Thank you for not answering all of my prayers. Amen.

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diana kay01/29/11
a clever way to tackle the theme and look at " a year in the life of....." telling the story through diary enteries. I enjoyed seeing the ups and downs of this persons year.
Verna Mull 01/29/11
A great way to handle the theme. Well done, and I'm glad God is so patient with us!
Bonnie Bowden 01/31/11
I'm glad you dropped the online dating site, because you never know if the people are really legitimate. Your new job, while full of challenges, sounds very rewarding.

It is true that God's ways are always better than ours, although we don't understand it at the time. A journal was a creative way to showcase your writing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/03/11
I really liked your prayer journal and how you went from hope to despair back to hope. Congratulations for placing 7th in level one!