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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Park (10/25/12)

TITLE: My Permanent Rest Area
By Lady-Jessica Rapalo


At age 12, my dad left home. I stayed living with my mom and 2 year-old brother. My mother had never worked, so she ended up having to work three jobs just to pay the bills. In an instant I became mother, babysitter, cook, housekeeper, gardener, and when my mother came home after work, I was her counselor. I grew up rather quick. And my life remained on fast forward until a few years ago.

At the age of 40, life came to a screeching halt when I realized that I was so busy trying to be everything to everyone in my life I had no one around me that seemed to care about taking care of me. I entered a trial in my life where I needed someone like I had been my whole life to come in and save the day. Unfortunately, that is when I realized that there was no one. That was the day when I heard God asking me if I was finally ready to get out of the driverís seat so He could take care of me like no one in this world is capable of doing. I slammed my foot on the brakes, and threw my life into park so fast that everything around me fell straight to the floor. To be honest, I had never in my life sat in the passenger seat and let anyone else drive. But I can tell you one thing, my shoulders felt so light that day, I actually thought it would be more appropriate to fly instead of drive from this point on.

Each morning, I can wake up and ask God what He needs me to accomplish and not worry about all the other stuff. Not being able to address everything that has loose ends would have previously drove me to a fit but now I can simply rest in knowing God is, was, and always will be in control.

Do you need to throw your car into park as well?

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/12
This is a great testimonial. You did a nice job with this piece. I'm sure many people can totally relate.
Frankie Kemp 11/04/12
You know what I really liked about this piece? It wasn't the way you told it--it was the truth you told. If I went back to dissect it from a textual point of view, I might be able to find different things that could be strengthened--maybe images that could be expanded or a few words here and there that could be changed for a more powerful impact . . .
BUT, in the end, the biggest reason we all write is to deliver a message. This piece spoke to me and presented a truth that resonates through me.
You know what that is? That's the Holy Spirit coming in and visiting you, the writer, and me, the reader. That's a blessing!
Deborah Sampson11/05/12
This is a great testimonial, which could reach others. Sharing with others is what we are called to do....
Phyllis Inniss 11/05/12
This is an article that many can learn from. If you are too busy doing everything else without God in your life, your life spins out of control. It is so good that you realized that you had to take a breather from the life you were experiencing to find time to experience what God can give you.