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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Diet - deadline is 8-9-12 9:59 am NY time. (08/02/12)

TITLE: Eight Long Years
By Deborah Sampson


For eight long years Pricilla Yoder tried unsuccessfully to lose weight. Every year she would start a new diet or try an old diet again.

Many times Pricilla would start and maybe get a whole month in, then something would interfere and she would go astray. An example of this was the three day family reunion. After eating food and deserts like that, how could you lose any weight?

She longed to lose this 75 plus pounds she had packed on since her children were born. The trouble was the kids were eight and five now, and she hadn’t lost a pound for long.

Pricilla had determination over so many things in her life, her job, here church duties, taking care of her family, but she had none it seemed to lose weight.

As it was with some women, she used food for comfort, thinking she deserved the piece of pie, this time. She had many excuses, and for Pricilla, food tasted heavenly, and she enjoyed the experience of eating.

The one thing that Pricilla knew is that she did not have an eating disorder like so many girls and women, but did she? As with any disease this must be a disorder also, whether you ate and got rid of it, wouldn’t eat, or over ate, it was all wrong.

And going a step further, as with the alcoholic who lived for his next drink, or the chain smoker, who just couldn’t say no, it was the same for food. Pricilla could not say no to food, she loved sweets; all kinds of potatoes, fried chicken, roast beef, snacks, and potato chips were her favorite, the list could go on. It was hard to say no to food. For some it was a chemical dependency or a chemical imbalance, why not with food to?

The word diet for Pricilla, spelled out to her, a punishment she did not deserve. She was not a bad person. Some would call her overindulgent and many did.

The one thing Pricilla had not done was talk to the Lord about her problem. Why hadn’t she? Pricilla knew the answer; she was embarrassed to go to Him, she had told herself many times that people should just mind their own business, not to judge people, they just did not understand her situation.

To Pricilla, going to the Lord was a big step; she knew that she was not fooling Him. Today, however, she felt lead to do just that, to go to Him.

She went into her bedroom, she paced back and forth on her floor, trying to get up the nerve to tell Him her problem and ask for help. Peace started to come over her, and she knelt by her bed.

The tears ran as she poured out her heart to Him, “Lord I know I haven’t come to you about this problem I have, I have done everything but come to you, I need your help in this, for I cannot do this alone, I am asking for strength, determination to overcome this disorder, I know I will have to do my part but I won’t be doing it alone, please give me the peace and the tools to do this how You want me to and I gill give you the thanks, and the Praise, in your Son’s Precious Name.” Amen.

Pricilla knew that she had a ways to go, but she now had the strength to get through this. Why hadn’t she done this sooner? “Maybe you just had to be desperate enough to reach out to seek help.” She said to herself.


It had been a year and two months now, since Pricilla changed her life, her 88 pounds now gone, she felt like a new person. She now had a healthy diet. She gave all the praise to Jesus, who did what He said He would. What an amazing God she served.


Although fiction, parts were true.

In writing this, I know that there are many disorders, addictions, that people struggle with daily, and I know that it is anything but easy. But help is out there in the form of Good Drs., programs, and good counseling. The ultimate form of help is in the asking of our God for help, no matter what the problem is. In Him, you can give it all, and be assured that He wants the best for you and will be there guiding you, if you let Him.

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Laura Manley08/09/12
You relayed in this story some things I had never thought of; no matter how we are eating... overeating, not eating, eating too little, etc., it is not the way God would have us take care of the problem. You opened my eyes in that sense. This was a well-written and informative piece and I'm glad I read it. Nice writing!
C D Swanson 08/10/12
This was an excellent entry in so many areas. I loved the honesty, the internal dialogue, and the way the MC came to asking the Lord for help.

He is the one and only who can help us through everything and anything...but we have to ask, and so a timely reminder of what faith and trust is, and where we should bring it.

I thought it was well written and moving. Powerful too. Thanks.

God bless~
Kristine Baker08/10/12
It is so true that we cannot get to our goals without the hand of God upon us.
This entry was on topic.

Remember to proofread to catch typos. Although I often let spellcheck do my work for me I have learned to put the document aside for a few hours and then re-read it and typos tend to jump right out.

Good job!
Nancy Bucca08/13/12
I love that part about finally going to God about the problem. Isn't that human to seek Him last? Absolutely wonderful!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/13/12
This is an inspirational message that many people can relate to. You did a nice job of covering the topic while delivering a message of hope.