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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Expose (08/22/13)

TITLE: Dreams and Doubt
By leland jones


Expose is such a drastic word. It conjures up images of scandal, disgrace, shame, and dishonor. When someone is Ďexposedí, they are found out, brought into the light, reduced to the lowest level of being made into fodder for the gossp-mongers and headlines for the tabloids.
But what if there was a different way, a better way, a more productive way to expose? What if exposing someone didnít humiliate them or drive them away, but actually assisted them by making them aware of their own need? In this way, what if a personís faith could be exposed by two constants unique and personal to the human condition, that is their dreams and their doubts. One tells a person anything can happen, the other that nothing ever will.
It is not so hard to imagine that the dreams of a person and the doubts of a person both converge at the point of faith. 'Do I dare to dream this dream?' a person may ask while simultaneously feeling the doubt of 'Can this dream come true?'. It is like a scale that needs a weight or a counterbalance to tilt the scale to one side or the other, or sometimes even expose the imbalance of the personal scale we all have. In this way a person's faith can be the counterbalance to the dream, the weight to overcome the doubt, or the force that exposes the imbalance of the individual's personal scale and corrects it.
Ecclesiastes tells a person that God has put 'eternity in their hearts' but that 'no one can find out the work God does from beginning to end'. Sometimes the dream in the heart of someone overwhelms and inspires them to the point of frustration, and so faith exposes the miracle of God's timing. Other times the doubt of walking through Whitmanís 'cities fill'd with the foolish' causes the belief that it is all a wasted effort, and so faith exposes the reality of God's faithfulness. A person who has their dreams and doubts exposed by the reality of their faith is made stronger, better, and able to be an instrument to expose the dreams and doubts of others to their faith, and possibly expose an even greater need, the need of a Savior.

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C D Swanson 08/29/13
Well done and well written. I really enjoyed your multi-layered entry. Many meanings to this piece.

Thanks. God bless~
Larry Whittington08/30/13
And how shall they believe unless they are exposed to the words of truth.

Sometimes short sentences can be powerful.

Divide longer paragraphs with a short powerful sentence.

Also using two spaces between paragraphs make a piece easier reading.

Keep writing so your readers will experience THE WORD.
PamFord Davis 09/03/13
You have certainly dished out food for thought...
Very insightful.Try to work on paragraphs; the spacing is helpful for readers.

Wing His Words
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/05/13
This is a lovely piece. I had tears in my eyes because I so could relate to your message. I'm often afraid to dream, and sometimes when I pray, I ask for the strength to ask for God's help. Not everyone gets what I'm saying, but I suspect that you will.

Just some thoughts that I hope you'll realize comes from a place of love and a genuine desire to help you become the best writer possible. I think if you go back and count how many times you use the word expose. When I see someone use the topic wod a lot, I wonder if they worried it would be off topic. You can write on topic without ever mentioning the topic words at all. For me, one of the things that helped improve my writing was reading and commenting on as many stories as possible each week. By pointing out the good things I like about a piece as well as offer an honest critique, I'm able to adjust my own writing as well.

I really liked your message. Be sure to add the exact place in the Bible when you use a quote. Your words make me eager to look up that verse. You really touched my heart. God knew in this exact moment I would need your words so He inspired you to write them and had me read them when I needed them the most. How wonderful God is. Thank you for your obedience to his nudging. I know how scary it can be to share your intimate thoughts with strangers, but your words made a difference in my life. I'm eager to read more of your stories.

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