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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)

TITLE: You say tomato; I say tamato!
By Robin Ocasio


Have you ever thought about the phrase, “You know it’s going to be a bad day when…”?

I have. Unfortunately!

Sometimes, I seem to have a regular run of them. The phrases and the days!

Like a really bad movie or a record stuck in the scratch. Perpetually skipping, playing the same phrase over and over again. Oops! Guess my age is showing.

For example:

You know it’s going to be a bad day when you are walking down a busy city street. It’s bumper to bumper with foot traffic, and your blissfully intent on getting to your next appointment, when suddenly you begin to notice an uncomfortable bunching going on under your skirt.

Oh my!

Problem, you slip has developed a mind of its own and is quickly heading north.

Or even worse – It’s heading south!

Way, down south!

No chance of retrieval without massive exposure. You get the picture!


What do you do?

Hmmm! I’d have to say – Keep on a trucking! Walk right out of that puppy leaving it like dust on the side walk. Don’t look back, don’t look down, and above all else don’t trip as you beat a hasty retreat! Red faced I’m sure!

Oh, the things we get ourselves into sometimes!

It’s a good thing God has a sense of humor! How else could we laugh at ourselves if he did not laugh with us!

Sometimes our predicaments land us in a pile of trouble. When life is hard it’s so easy to indulge in a pity party. To think, surely, “God has forgotten me”, or “God does not love me like He loves this person.”

Yet, God has not forgotten you. You are written upon the palms of his hands.

God does love you! He is not a respecter of persons. He is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. What he has done for one He will do for another. Even for You!

God has a plan for you! It is a good plan; it is a plan to bless you, to prosper you. A plan to show you his loving kindness; He will not leave you or forsake you.

When the seas of life are rough, we must look unto the hills from whence cometh our help.

To consider those who have gone on before us and follow there examples as they follow Christ.

Take Paul for example.

That man had some serious encounters with God and with various trials, “Predicaments!”

If anyone had ample reason to doubt God or give up – it was certainly him.

Predicaments, Trials, Tribulations…

Life is full of such! If it’s not one thing - it’s another.

I don’t like to call them predicaments. Some people use the term, “Situations”.

I prefer “Opportunities”.

Opportunities to shine;

Opportunities to overcome;

Opportunities to bless others;

Opportunities to do the things that Jesus did, and even more!

I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation (Opportunity), whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him - Who infuses inner strength into me: I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency) (Philippians 4:12-13)

The grace of the Lord Jesus - be with you all. Amen! (Romans 16:24)

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C D Swanson 03/10/12
This was so entertaining and provided a powerful punch in the interim as well.

Nice job...I especially loved the "wrap up" the conclusion was very strong.

Beautiflly written.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/10/12
I enjoy your style. You have a delightful sense of humor that many can relate to.

You may want to go back and count the number of times you used an exclamation point. I think you'll be surprised. Save them for dialog and use "salsa" words to show your excitement or to make your point. Words are more powerful than punctuation.

You did an outstanding job applying verses from the Bible to your real life predicaments. This instantly connects you with the reader. I liked how you stayed on topic while delivering an important message. There is nothing we can't do through Christ who strengthens us.
Danielle King 03/11/12
I love your sense of humour. I'm old enough to remember 'records' getting stuck in the scratch; I've also had slips and knickers heading south when the elastic snapped! There was an important message in your entry and that came through loud and clear. Well done.
Danielle King 03/11/12
PS - I say tomato!
Donna Wilcher03/11/12
Great job!
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/14/12
You had a really attention catching story for you devotional thoughts.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/15/12
Congratulations for placing 9th in level 1!