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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hospitality (02/07/05)

TITLE: Home Sweet Home
By Charla Stilling


Home Sweet Home

It was a still and lonely February night. Susan lay crying herself to sleep. Not unlike the last few nights, since she discovered that she had one week to find another home. The owner of her rent house had let the property go back to the bank. This would be the fourth time since the separation from her husband that her and her children would have to move.
Her nine-year marriage had painfully ended ten months ago. Ricky, her husband, had started to drink following the death of his father several years earlier. As time went on the marriage crumbled due to alcoholism and unfaithfulness. Even the birth of their three children did not mend the broken relationship.
Susan was exhausted of the verbal, physical, and mental abuse. One night after encountering Ricky in bed with another woman, Susan left. Ricky made it clear that he only wanted the house. So Susan and the children left their home and moved in with a friend.
Susan had tried her best to maintain stability, but without any child support and a small income, it had proven difficult. The house they were in now was small, however Susan was grateful to have a home.
The news that they would have to move was devastating. There was not any money and she had run out of places to go. With only a few days to pack, she was troubled.
Tears soaked her pillow, as she held two-year-old son close to her in the small twin bed. The girls were asleep in the next room on the fold out couch. She did not want them to hear her crying so she began to pray. Susan knew the Lord and how He loved her. She fell asleep with tears in her eyes and a prayer in her heart.
The next day was Sunday. Although there was a lot of packing to do, Susan decided to go to church. She had an incredible church where she had been a member for three years. The morning sermon was exceptional, as if The Lord was speaking directly to her. Susan felt a freedom being reminded that The Lord was in control.
After the service a deacon of the church approached Susan, His name was Mark. Susan had known Mark and his wife Debbie for 3 years. She cleaned their house every week and had developed a wonderful relationship with the family. They had been very helpful during these hard times. Debbie comforted Susan the night she moved out of her house and Mark helped with car repairs to Susanís 15-year-old car.
However, today God had a much greater plan in mind.
Mark shared with Susan how He and Debbie had prayed about purchasing a three-bedroom mobile home for her and the children. He found one that was affordable and suitable for them. The rent was half of the amount she had been struggling to pay in her current house. He had already been working on it before either of them was aware of the upcoming move. God knew the plans He had for her.
Susan and her children moved into the beautiful home a few days later. They lived there for the next five years. God used Mark and Debbie to provide them with a home and a new beginning.
Thank God for self-less and hospitable people.
Matthew 25:34-40 scofield KJV.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
For I was hungry, and ye gave me food; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in;
Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee; or thirsty , and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in; or naked and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

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donna robinson02/14/05
This needed a little more spacing between paragraphs. Maybe a little more insight as it took me awhile to understand what the friend was telling her. BUT the heart of the story is about faith, living the life and knowing God will take care of you. that came out loud and clear1
Sally Hanan02/17/05
Nie beginning. I felt you had to squish the ending to make it within the 750 words, but apparantly Scripture verses at the end are left out of the word count if you go over.
Phyllis Inniss02/17/05
Susan's faith was strong enough and her benefactors' hospitality was well borne out by the scripture at the end.