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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sizzle (05/02/13)

TITLE: Springtime in Northern Michigan
By Pamela Reed
05/07/13


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Springtime in Northern Michigan


Winter closed in on Northern Michigan at the end of 2012. We expected this. It seems to happen every single year. What we did not quite expect was the fact that it wouldn’t want to release its grasp when the calendar said that spring had arrived.

Oh yes, it had a few days of non-frigid temperatures. I remember those particular days as we received a layer of ice instead of the normal layer of snow as I fell several times. But snow and ice are both moisture. Our hay field had failed in the summer of 2012 due to the drought, so we rejoiced in all moisture that we were blessed with.

We have decided that Northern Michigan has no flat land whatsoever. All that surrounds us are filled with hills and valleys and is what gives us the beautiful views. We are blessed. We purchased our particular farm for one reason and that was the view. It takes your breath away. The hills behind our hay fields are gorgeous in every season. The view changes with each cloud movement as the shadows move gently across the tops and slopes of the range.

When I arise each morning and look outside, I have a hard decision to make. What is the most beautiful – our horses in the pasture, our beautiful fields that stretch across the horizon, or the hills that are the backdrop to our sanctuary? Most times I just give up the decision altogether and am grateful for all that God has blessed us with.

I believe each one of us have a choice on what we focus on. This past winter was filled with the blessings above, plus the fact that we had heat, food, and all needs were abundantly filled. When weather grumblings were heard in the house, I quickly tried to redirect the conversations. As we are promised in Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” I claimed this passage and assured all who complained that this cold would end and spring would arrive. Sometimes God’s schedule does not coincide with our schedule, but it will arrive if He proclaims it in His Word.

One month ago, our snow pile was over my head. Three days ago, the last small round spot of snow disappeared. Yesterday we celebrated in the 85 degree warmth with T-bones. As we placed them on the hot grill, the sizzle could be heard across the yard. The joy of God’s blessings of life could be felt by each one of us as the sun shined upon us this glorious day. Yes, just as God promised, spring has arrived.


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dub W05/10/13
Okay, I hope the judges smile on this little essay, I loved it. The opening was a bit confusing, maybe I got a negative vibe by the abundance of snow paragraph, but you cleared it up - you weren't complaining. Good Job. Keep writing, I want to read more of your work.
Camille (C D) Swanson 05/10/13
This was a joy to read and certainly a creative way to bring forth the topic. I especially liked that only used "sizzle" one time.

That was enough to convey the fundamentally positive and uplifting message that your piece delivered.

Nicely done!

God bless~
Camille (C D) Swanson 05/10/13
This was a joy to read and certainly a creative way to bring forth the topic. I especially liked that you only used "sizzle" one time.
That was enough to convey the fundamentally positive and uplifting message that your piece delivered.

Nicely done!

God bless~



Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/16/13
This is a great essay. It reminds me of my home in Western NY Just when the flowers start blooming it snows! But like you pointed out, we can choose what to focus on. Congratulations on ranking 11 in your level! The highest rankings are on the message boards.