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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)

TITLE: Stability, Which No Computer Ever Gave Me
By Verna Mull


Stability, Which No Computer Ever Gave Me

Downloading and uploading are computer terms that are way beyond me, but I have come to terms with the two confusing statements. I have been downloading and uploading for many years and did not realize that I was doing it.

Each morning, I get up out of bed, and the first thing that I am committed to do, is to read a good devotional, which always contains some valuable Scripture to start my day, and many thoughts to process in my mind as I go about my daily, and yes, sometimes boring responsibilities. Yes, I am downloading from the greatest power that ever existed in this universe.

God has been my strength and my shield through many storms in life, and as He downloads His Words to me, I am able to face many circumstances, which are way beyond me. Many things in life have brought me to my knees in prayer, and I upload all that is in my heart, and He receives it. He not only receives it, but also downloads His peace and comfort, which no other person can give.

I will give you one outstanding “for instance.” Thirty-five years ago, when our son was killed in an auto accident on his way to work, this was probably the greatest test that God had allowed us to have. We were forty-four and forty-five years of age, and our lives were heavily invested in farming and custom farming for others. I felt as if I had been run over by a semi-truck. Vernon was our only boy, a good driver, and scolded us both if we ever exceeded the speed limit. Our daughter had had a couple of accidents, but our son had never had even a fender-bender. I received the news by telephone and my husband was gone, lining up our work for the days ahead. I felt like my body was made from jelly.

Well, I won’t go in to all of the details, but the thing that has never left my mind, is the fact that God was there in all His strength and power. I was reading through Psalms at the time, as my morning devotions. I continued my chapter per day until the funeral day. There was a Scripture that jumped off of the pages as I read that morning. Obviously, it was from the Psalms. It was Psalms 94:19, “In the multitude of my thoughts within me, they comforts delight my soul.” As God downloaded His peace and comfort into my heart, I was able to face the day that lay ahead.

Right then, I uploaded my praise to God, and an unreal comfort filled my soul. No, I don’t understand fully all the plans of God, but I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He will keep me until that day. Our son had led a girl to Christ on Thursday and was killed on Saturday. What a wonderful gift from God to know where his heart was, and to know that even though we miss him so much, we are assured that he has been kept from many pitfalls of life and is walking the streets of gold. What a mighty God we serve!

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/01/11
This is a touching story.even though computers weren't mentioned after the beginning, you did an outstanding job using it as an analogy. It is a clever take on the topic.

Your start might have been more powerful if you had started with the accident.

The message was outstanding. You really tugged at my heart. For me, it was a wonderful way of connecting to your reader without coming off as preachy.

When you quote words from a song, make sure you reference it in a footnote.

Also, some of your sentences were quite long and had several commas in them. Tightening some of them up or making them into more than one sentence will help the story flow smoothly.

You did a nice job and I know your story will touch many hearts. It is wonderful how God helps us survive the tragedies of life.

I really liked how you made sure you uploaded a prayer of thanksgiving. It is a timely reminder and something most people need every now and then.
Hiram Claudio12/05/11
Such a moving story and I thank you so much for opening your heart and sharing it with us. I agree that a number of sentences could have been shorter to add to the flow but I was impressed how the content grabbed me.

I really like the whole idea of downloaing "peace" and uploading "praise" ... that spoke to me.

A really nice job!
Ruth Thoutenhoofd12/05/11
Thank you so much for this.I love it when people tell their own stories! Losing a child is the ultimate loss and I can't even imagine how hard it was for you. Praise God for "the peace that passes all understanding."
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/16/11
Congratulations for ranking 6th in your level!