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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (11/14/13)

TITLE: The Voice in Life
By Maretha Retief


Life is a puzzle of which we do not have all the pieces or an idea of the end picture from the start. We only get the relevant piece for the next fitting as we go through life at the time that we’re ready for it.

A week ago a new position has opened at work. I think I am equipped to fill that position, but I only want to apply for it if it is within God’s will for me.

“God, can you give me a sign or speak to me through someone or something that I can know what to do?”


“I asked Megan who often get visions and dreams to pray with me. I asked her to let me know if she gets anything that will give me guidance on what to do. I asked Ruby, who has a strong opinion about everything and people listen to her, for her opinion. She told me that it might be above my reach. Sandra, who often shares with me how she reads her Bible and verses jump out at her or touch her heart thinks I have nothing to lose—I should apply for the position and God will open the doors that should be open and close the ones that should be closed. I am so confused, because I have no idea what I should do. Lord what should I do?”

“Excuse me, Missy?”

“Hi Billy, what can I do for you?”

“You look very troubled, can I help with something.”

Billy is the genitor, how would he know what I should do?

“I am looking for guidance on a decision that I have to make, but I am not sure what to do. I have so many opinions but I do not know which one to follow.”

“Well Missy, the Highest Source of all answers is God; you should ask Him and just wait and listen to His voice.”

“Billy, He doesn’t speak to me. I do not get dreams or visions. I do not pray and get answers or a Voice from above speaking to me. I do not get Bible verses that jump out at me or touch my heart. God might be speaking to other people, but He is not speaking to me.”

“Missy, you have it all wrong, the Bible says: “God who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)

“So Missy do not confuse yourself and seek your guidance from people’s opinions, but seek God, He painted the picture of your life and He knows the next step for you.”

A small prompting on the inside brought me to a standstill. “God is that You?”

“Missy, follow Me.”

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Larry Whittington11/21/13
Missy had knowledge: she didn't want to do something that wasn't God's will,But she did not have wisdom: whether to do it or not.

Billy showed knowledge as well as wisdom in most ways.

A nice story that illustrated that we must have both knowledge and then use wisdom to make decisions.

Check for the spelling of "genitor"

Your story also illustrates that life is lived from one decision to the next.
C D Swanson 11/23/13
You wrote an interesting story that brought forward an important message, of "listening for God's voice, and seeking His wisdom in all things."

I enjoyed this story so much!
Nice job.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/29/13
This is a great example of learning how to listen to God. We all struggle with that sometimes.

You may want to put thoughts or prayers in italics to make it easier to know it's a silent prayer or a thought. You might want to consider using all the dialog to move the story along and show the reader your characters' emotions. For example:
At work, I approached Megan as I clasped my hands. "Megan, I know you get visions. Would you pray with me and let me know if you feel God guiding me?"

I held my breath as I waited for her response.

Next I approached Ruby. "What should I do?"

Waving her hands about, Ruby instructed me. "That might be above your level."

Oh Lord, I'm so confused, please guide me.

Now that's a condensed version, but I hope it shows you what I mean.

You did a nice job of writing on topic while still delivering an important message. I can really relate to the MC. You did a great job with this devotion. I'm sure it will touch many.

Congratulations on ranking 8th in your level! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.)