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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: "Splash" 4-11-13 Deadline (04/04/13)

TITLE: The Blessing Pool
By Danielle Burke


Itís that time of year again when my five year old daughter is dreaming of swimming. And who can blame her? Thereís something immensely comforting in the warmth of sun-kissed water enveloping us, the pleasantness of slipping oneís head under the water and hearing. . .nothing. The outside world is shut out, and the anxieties of the day are forgotten, at least for one brief moment.
Over the past year, Iíve needed that peace many times. When our 2 Ĺ year old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor, my world was shaken. I lost my footing. And although we have a good prognosis for the future, no parent wants to go through yearly MRIs and hope the world doesnít crumble once again.
Fear continued to slither into other areas of my life, so much that I sometimes felt debilitated. One day during a check up in the doctorís office, when I had biopsy results hanging over my head, I finally lost it. I not only cried, I wept. As He always does though, God had already seen my situation and had placed a much needed friend in my path. The nurse in the room with me listened to my story and provided a profound response. ďI think you have to look back,Ē she said, ďat everything God has already brought you through.Ē She was telling me, quite simply, to count my blessings. To remind myself of how God had provided, even in our most distressing moments. And she was right. God had brought us through potentially devastating circumstances, but, frail human that I am, I had already let those memories wane. All I was looking at was fresh terror crouching, preparing to pummel my family once again.
As I discovered, however, with the help of my friend's gentle reminder, there is a way to keep the terror at bay. Itís actually a place we can escape to when the world is simply too much. The good news: itís not necessary to pack or spend a dime. Hereís the secret: Inside myself, inside each of us, there is a pool of blessings made up of each good thing God has done for us. Itís the place I can go when I desperately need that peace and assurance. I can jump in, or slide my head under and feel the comfortable silence, if need be. I can feel the warmth of the Son each time my arms pass through the water, bringing the water close to me so that I can contemplate its beauty, its purity. I can hold a sparkling cupful in my hand, or simply splash around in Godís great goodness, watching the dazzling droplets pass before my eyes, each one of them offering comfort, hope, and healing.

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C D Swanson 04/15/13
Thank you for sharing your personal story of faith, and God's grace. I felt your heart, and your anguish...but also felt your release of peace that cascaded over you as you described, so effortlessly, the "sweetness" of Jesus and His flowing waters of life.

Well done, and well written, true accounts resonate from beginning to end, each and every time, yours was oustanding.

May the Lord keep watch over you and your family, now and always, as he bathes you in His light, and love.

God bless~
Tanya Janoski04/16/13
You have reminded me to be grateful always...thank you and God Bless!
Judith Gayle Smith04/17/13
Exquisite. You should throw a brick and get more comments.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/18/13
Congratulations on ranking 6th in level one 38 overall! (The highest rankings can be found in the message boards)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/18/13
This is a powerful testimony. You did such a great job of bringing the emotions to life that I'm sure it was based on the truth. The only suggestion I might offer would be to watch the tense. You slip from past to present and back again. Your message is a timeless one and one that we all need right now especially as we watch the news and hear the horrors going on around us.