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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Comedy of Errors (not about the play) (08/18/11)

TITLE: Conversations


The first time I was around my cousinís kids I was fully prepared for those conversations, or so I thought. I look funny without hair, donít I? You donít have hair! Karson shouted, and immediately tried to remove my hat in the restaurant. Ok, strike one. Why donít you have hair? I explained that the medicine I was taking was so strong that it made my hair fall out. Karson got a serious look on his little 6 year old face and said, I know what that isÖ. Asthma! No, I said its cancer. CANCER he shouted! Ok, strike two. By now, everyone in the restaurant understood, except Karson. He later asked if the monster inside me was in my head. I said no. Naturally he asked, well where is it? I told him it was in my chest. With a disgusted look, he said, then why did you lose the hair on your HEAD?! Ok, Iím outÖ.

Itís easy to talk with others in the same storm. There is an instant bond, a trust, an understanding. Sometimes you donít even need words to relate to each other. But you walk a fine line when talking to others. Do you talk openly about your storm, hoping not to scare, disgust, or offend anyone? Or do you wait for questions? Iíve learned that itís hard for people to ask questions, but itís easy for me to answer them. My advice would be to ask questions, why not learn from them? Donít be afraid, just ask.

There is one conversation that remains consistent in every storm large or small. I feel this should be the FIRST conversation. The storm talk with God. Lord help me, show me, be with me. Lord grant me more faith, strength, courage, and self control. Lord have mercy on me and shower me with your Amazing Grace. Open my eyes and ears and mouth when appropriate. Show me how to help others. Amen.

In the end, surviving the strong storms and even small squalls gives us an obligation to share our experience with others. I found that the hardest questions typically generate the greatest amount of laughter. We have so much to offer others in need. So open your heart, lose your vanity, and share your experience when you are called on to do so. Remember, storms talk, but so does God - listen to both. Where one gives information, the other gives inspiration.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 - Donít be in a hurry to talk. Donít be eager to speak in the presence of God. Since God is in heaven and you are on earth, limit the number of your words.

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James Robbins08/25/11
Very good and useful devotion. You've offered excellent advice strongly supported by Scripture. Where's tomorrow's?
C D Swanson 08/26/11
This was an inspiring story, and well done. I was touched by it and the beautiful message you told. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/26/11
I really enjoyed this. I chuckled at the kid's reactions.

Make sure you use quotation marks around a character's dialog and start a new paragraph each time a different speaker talks. Even if it's one word like "What?" it should have a new paragraph.

The message and scripture verse are perfect. You managed to take a serious subject like cancer and keep it on topic. Nicely done.
Melinda Melton 08/30/11
Well done. Great devotion. I look forward to seeing more. Keep writing! God Bless.
Janice Fitzpatrick08/31/11
This is such a good lesson. I liked the curiosity and honesty shown in the conversation between the little one and the narrator. I especially liked your sentence. 'Remember, storms talk, but so does God - listen to both. Where one gives information, the other gives inspiration.'
Well done! What a wonderful message and devotional. You have to send this in somewhere after you brush it up just a tad. Thank you for your honestly and humility. Praise God.