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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cup - 10-25-12 Deadline (10/18/12)

TITLE: My Stand
By Lady-Jessica Rapalo


How much longer will this last?

Things just do not make sense to me

logically. I look at my life and

wonder what God is trying to

accomplish through me. I trust in Him

completely. I know He has planned

every step I have taken and will ever

take in my future. And I can look

back and thank Him for carrying me to

where I am today. If I had been alone

in my life up to this point, I would

not be filled with an overwhelming

confidence that God is using me to

reach the world for Him and has

created me for a specific purpose.

Until I acknowledged the

presence of God in my life and as my

true Father, I felt empty and lonely.

I was never able to depend on anyone

to truly care for my best interest

because I was too busy taking care of

those around me. As a child I felt

the responsibility to be the caretaker

for my mother and little brother after

my dad left. As I grew into an adult,

I was not able to find anyone that I

believed loved and cared for me enough

to take care of me the way I took care

of everyone around me. The loneliness

was so loud. I cannot quite remember

for how many days I cried for joy when

I realized that God is the one that

has always loved me beyond measure.

Living for people that did not love me

the way I loved them was the pattern

of my past. Now I live for the only

one who loves me in a way that I could

never equally return all He has done

for me.

I will continue to walk

through whatever is put before me for

my glorious God and Father. I will be

and do all He tells me is His Will for

my life. The trials I have been

through and presently find myself in

are nothing compared to what Jesus

endured. Therefore, if this cup is

not taken from me; God will provide

all the strength, wisdom,

understanding, knowledge, insight,

love, and joy that I need to stand and

not collapse.

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Marie Hearty 10/25/12
Such deep devotion. I loved reading how you love God and about his love for you, and how you recognize him in your life. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more from you.

God Bless!
C D Swanson 10/25/12
This was touchingly beautiful. Nicely done and nicely told. Thanks.
God bless~
Laura Manley10/26/12
I love entries like this that allow the reader to get right into the head and heart of the writer. You obviously love the Lord with deep conviction and you show your readers that through your well-described words. Nicely written!
Lady-Jessica Rapalo10/27/12
Thank you so much for all of your comments. You have no idea how much it means that what I felt at the time came out through my writing. I am just a single mother that journals for a release, and I think this website will help me become a real writer.
Theresa Santy 10/29/12
This is one of those pieces of writing that on the outset seem so simple and light, but when you fall into it you see that it's not. The flow is smooth and calm, but the context is deep and complex. This feels like it is bursting with Truth. It feels like it came straight from your heart, like maybe you just opened a vein and let it pour out into the piece.

I loved it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/31/12
This is a lovely testimonial. I enjoyed the irony of how you never felt others loved you the way you loved them but now you know Jesus but love Him in a way you can never reciprocate. It's a great message of understanding the people around us and loving them unconditionally just as God loves us. Nice job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/12
Congratulations for ranking 7th in level one!