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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Risk (05/17/12)

TITLE: Storms
By pam Leitermann


That particular Sunday evening was like any other except for the storm that was clearly headed our way, as we drove home from church the sky became darker and darker and the storm became stronger.

We pulled down the drive way parked the car and ran in the house right before the huge tree limb fell across the drive way, it just missed our car.
I changed my clothes and put the tea kettle on some how a cup of hot tea calms me down, I don't like storms especially these kind.

I called out to my husband, would you like a cup of tea? He said; yes that sounds good. We sat in the living room drinking our tea and watching the weather reports on all the different channels each one tells you something different so we watch all of them then come to our own conclusions and the finale thought was it's bad out there.

We buttoned down the hatches and went to bed hoping to sleep through the rest of the storm, it must have been around one thirty or so when the power went off. Our property sits on six acres in the middle of the woods and when the power goes off it is so black you can't see your hand in front of your face.

I got up and felt my way out of the bedroom by touching the walls and the dressers and then the door I made my way down the hall to the kitchen to try and feel for some matches so I could light a candle "Ouch!" I stubbed my toe on the kitchen chair and decided to sit down.

While I was sitting in the pitch blackness I started to think about the word of God in 1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light,and in him is no darkness at all.

I sat there in the darkness I Thought about God and how he is good like the light everything is visible you can see all His majestic beauty, wonders, glory and His greatness and of course His love.

I'm sitting there with my eyes open and I cannot see a thing except for pure blackness I thought about darkness and how it is full of evil, hatred, envy, jealousy and torment.

I thought about hell and how dark it must be there and how horrible it would be to live in that darkness forever and ever, I thought why would anyone take that chance why wouldn't they want to be in the marvelous light.

Why would you live your life knowing there is a God and a Savior and keep Him on a shelf some where and use Him when you feel like using Him.

I cannot understand that way of thinking it would be like gambling and betting everything you own, money, house, car and jewelery on your next hand talk about a risk if you loose you have nothing left.

If you would die before you took God off the shelf it would be to late you would live in darkness for ever and ever and you loose. I'm thinking I'm glad I'm not taking that risk, just then the lights pop back on and I make my way back to bed.

My husband is snoring away the night not even aware that the power went off. I'm laying there trying to go back to sleep but I keep thinking about the chance people take with their eternal lives.To me it's like climbing a mountain and getting all the way to the top and dropping your only rope.

What good does it do to get to the top if you can't get down, like keeping God on the shelf what good does that do if you die before you live.

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C D Swanson 05/24/12
I loved this entry! Great job, this was so good on many different levels. And, although it was a serious message...I had to laugh about your husband snoring away during the power outage.
It made me think of my hubby who has slept through many! LOL.

Thank you for this well written and significant piece. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/27/12
You have the makings of good devotion here. I like how you start with a personal story.

However you have quite a few little errors from things like driveway being one word to forgotten punctuation. You also switch the tense from present to past and back again. You have some good basic ideas here but could use a challenge buddy or a critique group to help you catch the little errors and things like repeating the same words in one paragraph.

The basics of punctuation and what-not can easily be learned or caught by a good proofreader. What you can't teach someone is how to come up with interesting topics and matching Bible verses to prove your points. You definitely have that. I have a feeling you think about what God is putting on your heart and pray about it before you begin writing. that is super important because you never know how God will use your words to make a huge difference in someone's life. Keep writing!