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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Control (01/30/06)

TITLE: Stop
By Tina Abplanalp
02/04/06


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Stop. I want to get off this merry-go-round of life that keeps me so busy I barely have a minute for myself, or you. I make a resolution that I will work less and say ďNoĒ more often. I will take a full hour off work for lunch and even remember to eat lunch once in awhile. Then, if Iím lucky, I will get to share that extra time with you.

In the evening, when I stumble home after a hard dayís work, I will not turn on the television, computer, or radio. Instead, I will glory in the solitude and quiet that belongs to just you and me.

Each night when I reflect on the dayís success or failure, I will remember to thank you for the patience you show me. You are always there when I need a shoulder to cry on and a loving hand to wipe away my tears. You give me so much strength. There is nothing I canít accomplish with you by my side.

Each morning, you are the first thing on my mind. Just as each sunrise brings rays of hope for a new beginning, I promise to find that hope in planning and sharing each day with you.

I warn you now that sometimes I like to retreat under that warm quilt of forgetfulness when the storms of life beat strong on my windowpanes. Please forgive me when I try to take control of my life and everyone elseís. Iím an infant in this school of learning, called LIFE. I guess some bad habits take a hard time to die, but Iím trying so very hard to be more like you.

I came to love you late in life. Yet in loving you Iíve found that love has no boundaries in time or space. For it is in giving myself to you completely, allowing you to control who I am and what I do, that I have truly found the freedom to be ďme.Ē

Lord, please donít give up on me now.


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Jan Ackerson 02/06/06
Very nice--your image of the "warm quilt of forgetfulness" is quite memorable. Thanks for writing this heartfelt prayer.
Nina Phillips02/07/06
I also liked the phrase, the warm quilt of forgetfulness. Enjoyed reading your prayer, could be mine too. Thank you for sharing your heart. God bless ya, littlelight
Lynda Schultz 02/07/06
How easy it is be let "things" or other people control our lives, and to leave God out of the picture. Well done. Thank you for the reminder.
Grace Sempa02/08/06
I too have enjoyed reading your prayer.My favourite phrase here is ...In loving You, I`ve found that love has no boundaries...