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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Step(s) (11/29/12)

TITLE: Pepperoni And Cheese
By clarissa aguilera


Mother, what do you say to someone who is rude and always in a bad mood? First of all Terri, you acknowledge that God is at work, and then pray for that person. We really don’t know what they’re going through at that very moment in time, or what they have been through in the past?

The question is why are they always in a bad mood? Everybody handles things differently honey, you learn to love and be patient with them. (1 CORINTHIANS 13:4) NIV. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Teach them how to love, one step at a time, baby steps honey.

God says (JOHN 13:34) NIV. A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Sometimes people go through things and they don’t understand why. There’s a girl at school that hates me, “if looks could kill…?” She’s always bad raping me, and down stepping people. She’s rude mom! “Sweetheart, it is written in the book of (MATTHEW 5:44) NIV. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. I believe people like that just need to be loved and extra attention is needed. How do you love someone who is always angry, bitter and Oscar the grouch? It’s irritating.

“Terri, do you really think God put her in your path for that purpose, to irritate you or to pray for her? There’s obviously something wrong with her if she’s angry all the time. She’s unhappy and she needs our prayers, honey.

God put her in your path to see if you would have a heart of compassion. And at the same time God is working on your character, and the test is on patients. Terri, say something nice to her, like “you look nice today”, compliment her. And if that don’t work, a gift would be nice or invite her over for pizza, it’s your favorite.

“Mom do you really think she’s would want to come over here for pizza? Then, why don’t you invite her over for pizza and a movie? Teach her to be kind hearted (TITUS 2:7-8) NIV In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

It’s like training a child to walk, there learning. First they got to know how to balance themselves on their own two feet so that they are able to stand up. Then they are confident enough to take the first step, and when they fall your there to pick them up. This is an ongoing process and they will continue to fall till they learn how to walk.

Just like this younge woman, by you showing an act of kindness over and over you’re not only leaning how to forgive your teaching someone how to love. Terri, someone who has hatred, does not yet know how to love, love her as you would your sister. Just don’t expect too much, take baby steps. Step 1, 2, and 3 has step 1, 2, 3 in step 1. As well as, (step 2 and 3.). So do be patient. And don’t give up on her; it takes time for a baby to walk. just as her heart will take time to feel the love.

Wow, mom that pretty deep huh? Terri there’s so much more to life that meets the eye. You’ve got a lot to learn, so be knowledgeable in your teaching and be wise in your learning. The real question is; are you willing to lay your life down. (1 JOHN 3:16) this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

Terry, this one wise man once told me; turn off the radio and turn on the T.V. took me awhile to understand it but I got it. And it’s never left me since. God say’s in (1 JOHN 3:18) NIV. Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

Mother,I never looked at it like that. As terry gazed deep into the bliss, she then, sprung up out of her chair and said, " mom, pepperoni and cheese?"

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/07/12
This is a really sweet story. I enjoyed the exchange between a mother and daughter. There's something special about that relationship and you showed that with your characters.

I did have a hard time following who was speaking because you left out some quotation marks. There were also little errors like there instead of their. A good proofreader or challenge buddy might help you out. If you check the forums you will see others who are looking for a buddy or if you do need help in finding someone feel free to send me a PM and I'll try to help.

You covered the topic in a different way. The old Christmas special where they sing You put one foot in front of the other... came to mind as I read your story and it took me back to my childhood and to a time when things seemed simple. I really liked your characters and think this is a great story to show how important it is to listen to your kids and guide them as they find the right answer. Nicely done.
C D Swanson 12/11/12
I love a "story within a story." Clearly this entry had a lot to offer the reader, so many layers in between the words. Wonderful job with this. Thanks.
God bless~