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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: In The Kitchen - deadline 7-19-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/12/12)

TITLE: A Spiritual Man
By Sharon Eastman


Falling in “like” with another man was the farthest thing from Becky’s mind. Although times were tough, and the fireworks from her marriage had fizzled out, she was restless – not like the Lord intended. Mark, her husband, wasn’t a believer making a rocky road even harder.

Her life, even church work, had become boring, and she needed a new challenge. The pastor and bible studies encouraged her to love her husband and keep the fires glowing. But, funny after all the prayers and supplications, she still felt empty and lonely.

To ease her loneliness, Becky decided to volunteer at the local senior center and work in the kitchen area. She loved cooking, had many kitchen skills, and her friend, Jenny, had volunteered there, too.

On her first day Becky’s nerves raced, but once she met the crew she felt more comfortable. There were about twenty of them, who were all from different backgrounds and educations. Every volunteer loved to cook and could contribute much to the charity.

As Becky was being introduced, a man about 50 years old kept flirting with her. He kept rolling his eyes and arching his eyebrows. She thought he was weird and silly. She could never go for a man with his style.

Her first day at the Center was a little trying. Her duty was peeling potatoes. As she cut the potatoes with a sharp downward stroke that weird man corrected her technique. “Use the peeler and quickly scrape the peeler up. It’s faster that way.”

“I’ve been peeling potatoes all my life, and I like it my way,” she said indignantly.

With that, he chuckled and said, “My name is Roy. Welcome to the kitchen,” and he winked.

Becky was taken aback and silently vowed to stay away from Roy. As for the others, she enjoyed them and was happy with her decision to volunteer.
The next week Jenny announced that it was Bible Study time. To Becky’s surprise, it was a bible study in Colossians, one she studied years ago. And, she was amazed to see Roy praying, a beautiful prayer, full of love and praises. It was straight from soul. He also led the study with integrity and knowledge – Becky’s heart flushed with fire. No longer did Roy’s eyes look weird to her. She always loved spiritual men, but she never had the opportunity to know one in such a way. Surprised at the feelings that erupted in her soul; her cheeks flushed red like a school girl’s.

After the study Becky approached Roy coyly. “That study was filled with the spirit. How long have you studied the Bible, Roy?”

“I was a pastor for 20 years. Now I want to get my feet wet again in the world, find out what makes the common man think.”

“But you joke around so much. Before I knew, why I thought you were just a flirt.”

“I just like to make people happy, have a laugh or two,” and with a wink he departed to the salad bar.

Becky went to sleep that night, and she dreamed about Roy. No, he wasn’t very handsome except for his winking blue eyes. His gray-streaked brown hair was a little long for a pastor and her taste. But, his love for Jesus radiated his whole spirit. And, his spiritual knowledge penetrated like a sword.

Morning wooed her to those crazy feelings about Roy. How could shame and ecstasy be related? After all, she was a married woman. Becky hastily punched Jenny’s telephone number. “Jenny, I’m swooning over Roy. He’s lit up my drab life!”

“Becky, all of us women feel the same way about him at first. He’s little, loveable, and spunky like Davy Jones. And, his messages just thrill the spirit. I’m sure that’s what you’re feeling now.”

“Well, I just want a spiritual man. I know that’s what God wants for me.”

“First of all pray for your husband, Mark. Win him through the tools of the Bible – like Roy painted Colossians. “Wives submit yourselves unto your own husband as it is fit in the Lord.” (Col. 3:18 KJV)

“Jenny, I must go. I have a lot of praying to do!”

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/20/12
I really enjoyed this story and could relate to the MC. Somehow over the last 20 years, my husband's beliefs have changed. When that happens and the marriage feels stale, Satan will jump at the opportunity.Your ending is perfect--give the problem to God. He can handle it!
lynn gipson 07/20/12
This happens all the time...the other day my daughter in law told me her marriage was getting bland..so now I pray for her! And my son. I loved this story, very well written too!
C D Swanson 07/20/12
I pray the Lord hears the MC's prayers. Good job of showing "life" as it unravels and how the enemy waits for opportune moments to fester and provoke ones emotions. Well written and very good message.

God bless~
Myrna Noyes07/20/12
I enjoyed this story and its important message very much! :)
Laura Manley07/20/12
I had a special interest in your MC's plight since I am married to an unbeliever. The sceanrio has never happened to me but I would hope I would and could avoid it if it presented itself. This has such a good message to it. God bless you! Excellent writing.
C D Swanson 07/26/12
Congrats! God Bless~