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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)

TITLE: Ultimate Search Engine
By Lady-Jessica Rapalo


The Ultimate Search Engine

What or who do you rely on when you confront problems? What is it that you utilize as your search engine to find a resolution to any problem you encounter? Is there a particular pattern you follow when you hit a bump in the road called life?
Many people rely on their past experiences, their education, their close friends that have been through the same situation, consult a professional counselor, call mom or dad or close family member, or do you hit the internet?
I have to admit that most of my life I have been extremely independent and made my decisions alone. I never really felt like there was anyone I could ever count on that would consider my best interest without first considering if their own personal comfort would be affected in any way. Making my decisions this way definitely led me to make quite a lot of mistakes. What I hadn’t realized before was that when I finally made the decision, I was still not 100% sure it was the right decision.
What I want to share with you today is the ultimate search engine! It is actually the easiest one in the world with a 100% success rate. It is free and available to everyone on this planet. Curious yet? Well, it is simply to submit every question to God and wait patiently for His wisdom. The only thing you have to be aware of is that when you hit the submit button, you may have to wait a while for His answer. The key is to be patient while you are waiting. Sometimes I think the answer takes a while because God is watching to see if you have fully handed the situation over to Him.
I have never walked with more confidence in my entire life since I have handed everything over to God. I have to admit, it has not been easy to follow through with the answer given in every situation. I can only tell you that the hardest ones I have had to follow through with have given me the greatest rewards.
So now my search engine does not have anything to do with my own personal feelings. And actually, what God pushes me to do quite often is something I would have never thought of doing from searching my own thoughts and personal preferences. After seeing the end results of following God’s direction instead of my own brilliant ideas, I now am confident that I am completely useless without God. I do not want to make another decision without His perspective on every situation I encounter.
You will find true rest when you use the ultimate search engine. This one you can depend on 100% of the time for your best interest in every situation.

Isaiah 55:8 My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

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Jody Day 10/20/11
This is a good devotional. I like the way you built up to the main point. "Curious yet?"
You may want to double space between paragraphs so that it will be easier on the eye. Good job.
Lillian Rhoades 10/21/11
Based on the guidelines we've been asked to use in our comments, I'm offering a few thoughts about your piece. (1) Your personal experience was inspiring and encouraging, and your opening was an attention grabber. (2) However, I felt the topic played a minor role throughtout the piece, and I'm not sure if the message you tried to convey came across clearly, and concisely enough after the first question; even though the personal testimony aspect was a good read. (3)Sometimes it's difficult to write a creative devotional, but you had a lot of great thoughts. I would work on trying to present them in a more creative way. (4) The idea that you can 'type' in your problems to God and find all the answers is certainly an idea worth sharing with others.
C D Swanson 10/21/11
This had good messages throughout, and a nice devotional piece. I especially liked this part:

"The key is to be patient while you are waiting. Sometimes I think the answer takes a while because God is watching to see if you have fully handed the situation over to Him."

Excellent job. Thank you. God Bless~
Patricia Protzman10/22/11
The topic "search engine" was not the central focus of your entry. The opening paragraph (double space paragraphs) should ask only one question to grab the reader's attention. The other questions can be dealt with separately in the following paragraphs. Also, "mom and dad" should be capitalized. Overall, you have many great ideas, they just need to be sorted out and dealt with individually. Keep writing!
Jan Ackerson 10/23/11
Your strength was criterion #4 (beginning). Opening with questions for the reader is a good way to draw them in, in search of the answers.

Work on criterion #3 (craft, predictability). This sort of devotional is very familiar to most Christians. To elevate it a notch, include personal anecdotes, even a touch of humor or personality.

Another strength is #6 (communication). Your message was very apparent to your readers.
Grace Merkey10/23/11
I certainly agree. It is hard for me to be patient for the answeres but they are always worth it. g\Good job!
Linda Goergen10/24/11
Good devotional filled with truth! I agree, we get into trouble when we don't have patience enough to wait on God's answers, we live in a fast paced society that wants instant gratification but I think God often wants us to slow down and hear His voice! I really enjoyed this!

Also, to prevent the spacing issues from now on, you might want to hit “preview” and see how your work will appear before you submit it. I certainly find the “preview” function to be a great help to me in seeing mistakes before they post and see what I need to adjust! Blessings!
djvenzke Venzke10/25/11
You share very powerful and proven points. Your challenge to seek for and wait for God's directions are relevant. You could emphasize this truth with a personal example. Well written.
Lady-Jessica Rapalo10/25/11
Thank you so much for taking the time to read what I have written. I appreciate all the comments. I am so glad I found this website so I can learn how to structure my writings in a way that has more impact and organization. I love to write, so this is the perfect place for me to practice. God Bless
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/26/11
Your message was very clear and precise. I liked the scripture, you used to back it up. Although you used the words search engine, it wasn't about the computer search engine. Several others used similar ideas. It is a nice devotion. I personally don't like questions in an article. For me it makes it feel preachy. If you had a part at the end for discussion or thoughts for the reader, the questions don't feel as intimidating. But that's just my thoughts. You can't please everyone, so it's important to please God. I think you definitely did that.
I really like your point about God waiting to see if we've fully handed over an issue to Him. I oftentimes feel as if this is the toughest part - not trying to take the issue back once we've committed to letting Him it.

I enjoyed reading this. I found it very relatable. Keep up the good work!
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/27/11
Not much to add to the good comments here. I agreed with your thoughts, found them inspiring, and would liked to have seen a specific personal example.
Edmond Ng 10/28/11
I guess the most difficult part is always the waiting and the going through. We need to be patient, and we do not need to question why we are going through what we are going through, if we know we are following the will of God. The next question following this is probably how we can be a hundred percent sure we are making the right decision, according to God's will?

You have given us some thoughts to ponder over in your devotional. A very well written piece. Just a thing to note when writing for print or online, always use the word 'percent' instead of the symbol (100 percent). God bless.

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/11
Congratulations on your 2nd place win on your 2nd entry!
Jacqueline Burrell11/03/11
Congratulations on 2nd place!!!
Gwen Plauche11/04/11
Julie Andre 11/18/11
I enjoyed your story. One critique I have gotten on my own story is:
double space the sentences. It makes reading easier.

Julie Andre'