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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Encouragement (02/23/12)

TITLE: My Feet Freeze Fast
By Andrea Van Ye
02/29/12


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I peer around the corner and catch a glimpse of what once was.

My feet freeze fast in the memory.

I feel the gravel of grief beneath my feet. My heart hurts. Strength in my arms drips from my fingertips and puddles on the floor. I sigh sorrowful.

I am caught off guard by my memory, yet it is not surprising.

I have a friend who hurts, now. Our stories are similar, yet different.

I hurt for her, too. My soul draws close to hers and meets her where she is.

I want to help her. I pray for her. I listen. I am present.

I try to separate out my sorrow from hers, but it is hard.

I ask Him to help me.

A cloud of witnesses appears in my mind.

I remember those who went before me, walking same and different roads, making the choice to put one foot in front of the other, committing to one hard choice after another, persevering when they felt like falling, always loving.

I realize gratitude for those who showed me the way and loved me when I was lost and love looked limp.

Now, I embrace my story and my sorrow, knowing that it is part of His purpose.

I allow God to take this memory and move me.

All for His glory, I step alongside my friend, encouraging her to stay strong and seek Him.


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Donna Wilcher03/02/12
Nice job! He always uses our past (good, bad and the ugly) to help us minister to those around us... Thanks for sharing this.
Joanne Sher 03/04/12
Good imagery, and a great message. Thanks!
Allen Povenmire 03/06/12
Well done fist entry, right on topic. I liked the title, but it was hard to say 3 times! Good job.
Rachel Phelps03/06/12
Your word pictures are poetic and impactful. I think perhaps the present tense caused some separation by the reader. I was trying so hard to keep up that I felt I wasn't truly engaged with the main character. Still, good message, artistic presentation. Keep writing!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/07/12
This is quite lovely and has a lot of power in it. My only suggestion would be to give me more. Your words touched me and I want to know more about what you went through and what your friend is going through. You touched on the topic in a fresh and powerful way.
Camille (C D) Swanson 03/08/12
Congratulations! God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/08/12
Congratulations for your ribbon in level one and for ranking 14th overall!