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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: His Bright Light in the Shadows
By Cori Mann


With hot fresh tears flowing down her cheeks Sierra sat in front of the computer desk starring at the monitor screen as she searched for a ray of hope to get through another day of sadness.

Tucked inside the center of her emotions was a deep dark feeling of doom and despair. Her spiritual light was growing dimmer with each passing discouraging day.

Depressed anxious thoughts assailed her as she continued to look for something written that may encourage her somehow. The tears kept pouring out as she cried from her fruitless heart.

A few minutes later she found a blog site called “His Bright Light in the Shadows” and she began to read. The title of the blog drew her in. She needed His light to penetrate through the dark shadows of her life. The first article she saw seemed like a good place to start.

Let the Lord radiate your path for today and tonight
He will take you out of the shadows and into his light
Give Him all your burdens and darkness of your heart
Jesus will guide you and show you just where to start

Black clouds of uncertainty leave you feeling no hope
You stumble and fall as you slip down the deep slope
Into your valley suffocating in lonely dark despair
Jesus is asking you to let Him meet you right there

Inside of you is a light that over time has grown dim
Renewed you will be in your spirit by just seeking Him
He fully understands your honest hearts cry and the fears
Jesus wants to be your comforter throughout all your years

He knows you are hurting deep inside of yourself and wants you to heal
For all your sorrows of yesterday and today Jesus knows how you feel
In Him you have a divine purpose and you are here for a special reason
The struggles and circumstances you face today exist for a time and season

You are fearfully and wonderfully made and He knows all about you
He knows when you are happy or when you are feeling sad and blue
He is your bright light in the shadows of all your torment and pain
Let Jesus gently guide you and teach you how to dance in the rain

Sierra cried as she read the message held inside the article which seemed directed at how she was feeling for so long now. She fell to her knees into God’s presence and cried out to Him. Unaware of how much time had passed when she finished Sierra got up and went to get her Bible. It had been months since she read it.

“You, LORD, are my lamp;
the LORD turns my darkness into light.”
2 Samuel 22:29 NIV

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/11
You did a lovely job telling a story while incorporating a poem in it. You had a great start that made me want to keep reading.

The biggest thing I noticed is that you didn't use a single comma. You had many complex sentences, with different types of structure. When using a clause like With hot fresh tears flowing down her cheeks
make sure you put a comma after cheeks.

I enjoyed the ending and thought your message is a great one. There have been several times when I felt despair and God sought me out.
Randy Foncree11/04/11
I enjoyed reading this and was encouraged by it...thanks for sharing it...
Randy Foncree11/04/11
I enjoyed reading this and was encouraged by it...thanks for sharing it...
Catherine Maher11/05/11
Once again we see how God can use us as His writers (and readers). He speaks in so many genres, doesn't He?
Good job.
Kristine Baker11/05/11
You brought me in quickly by raising my curiosity of why such sadness.

I was running out of breath while reading this; do not forget to punctuate.
Jenna Dawn11/06/11
You are a gifted writer. Nice flow and wonderful choice of words.

I agree with the punctuation comments, which made it a little difficult to read.

"Starring" should be "staring".

Nice beginning and great ending. Great Job. :)
C D Swanson 11/08/11
This was beautiful in so many ways. The message, the clarity of the meaning, and the heart filled entries.

Great job- I applaud you. I never see anything but the messages brought forward in each entry. And, this one had a beautiful one.

God Bless~
Verna Mull 11/11/11
Great message and a beautiful poem. Great job.
Nancy Bucca11/13/11
This beautiful story really hits the topic on the head. I love the message it contains. Great job!
C D Swanson 11/17/11
Congrats on your HR Placing... Nice Job.

God Bless~