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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Persuasion (not about the book) (09/01/11)

TITLE: The Wielding
By Pam Ford Davis
09/03/11


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Delilah manipulated her man and he unwittingly succumbed to her powers of persuasion. As I recall the saga of Samson and Delilah, I pity the poor man. The vamp duped him and he paid a steep price for imbibing on the fruits of passion. God’s chosen never learned to say no when temptation lured him onto paths the sanctified should never trod.

I do not believe Delilah’s den is where the story begins with “Once upon a time…” Scriptures reveal that our leading man once held great promise. God set him apart, as holy, a peculiar person. Vows of a Nazarite included no cutting of his locks or drinking fruit of the vine. (Judges 13:5-7) He came from a godly home and knew both the demands and blessings of his call.

Today with our propensity to use stereotypes and labels, we would tag Samson as a womanizer. He knew what he wanted and found females to fulfill those wanton desires. More, more, more became his mantra, and a wasted life the heartache of his parents. There are always two sides in any relationship. He used women as objects of lust. Women like Delilah, used him as a means of personal profit.

I was not a little mouse hiding behind cheese and wine in her boudoir, if I had been, Delilah would have tantalized me with something to nibble on for a long, long time. I would have taken the bait and tried to elude capture just as her beguiled guest. I can only fantasize on all that led to his cruel fate…

“O, Samson my darling… I have been waiting for you, my love. Why do you make me so unhappy? You don’t love me. You don’t care how much you hurt me!”

Samson finds her alluring in every way. She is beautiful in form and her voice is seductive. The wine flows and her hair cascades upon his statuesque shoulder. The room is fragrant with spices and incense and she fans scents in his direction. He has cast aside hunger pangs with no thought of nurturing his body; instead, he satisfied the flesh with her voluptuous figure and intoxicating caresses.

Her captive drifted in and out of consciousness while playing games; his hostess was a very persuasive playmate. He was always one jump ahead of her and had the last laugh. Delilah was not in a laughing mood and used her trump card. She simply wore him down. Repetition and tears persuaded him to reveal the supernatural source of his strength.

“Cut my hair. I will no longer be ferocious as a lion but weak as a mouse.”

Her persuasion had built to such a high pitch it mesmerized him into a trance. He would answer her beckoned call and lose not only strength of body but also character. The enemies’ weapons of war did not clinch Samsons' capture; whiles of a woman sealed his fate.

I am a woman. I have the power of influence. The wielding of that power is a great responsibility. God holds me accountable and I will leave behind a legacy or a path to destruction. Once upon a time is where my story began. I desire to lead others into the eternal bliss of living happily ever after


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CD Swanson 09/08/11
Very interesting perspective on Samson and Delilah. God Bless~
marcella franseen 09/09/11
Well written! You're right, Delilah was very persuasive, and we all have the power to be persuasive ourselves-for good or for evil. Some great thoughts here.
Lillian Rhoades 09/11/11
Loved your title. The hallmark of a good article starts with a great opening sentence and a final sentence that ties the theme and contents of the article together. Try to work on opening and ending sentences.

When you transition from one paragraph to the next, the opening sentence of the next paragraph should tie in with the content of the previous sentence before you introduce a new idea. This prevents your piece from becoming a series of paragraphs without an overriding theme.

Great word usage and descriptive language.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/13/11
You told a nice story and I liked the points you made.

It did confuse me a bit when in the middle you smutched from 3rd person to first then back again. Also you usedthe word whiles incorrectly it should be wiles.

Overall your did a nice job explaining many of the details I don'tthink about when I think of Sampson. Your have a lot of passion about your material. Keep writing.