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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: "Break Me and Remake Me"
By Tammy Bryant


Just over two years ago I rededicated my life to Christ. Oh, boy….did I ever jump right into ministry. The music ministry….were I sang in the choir, on the solo team and the praise team that I was so grateful to be a member of because my husband was also the drummer, his brother the base player, his cousin the keyboard player and his niece a singer. The youth ministry…were we have on average of 230 students attending every Wednesday night. Played on the women’s softball team for my church last year. And have been asked to join a dozen or so other ministries. Almost every one saying I had such a “spiritual glow and a passion for God.” Impressed yet? I hope not.
I didn’t have a “spiritual glow” or “a passion for God”…..I had a “me me me glow and a love for being patted on the back.” Now honestly….I’m a fairly good singer….alone or in a group….I’m good with kids….got three of my own …two teens and one just a few years away from puberty….and after I shook out a few cobwebs…turned out to be an asset to our softball team. I had a great year! (pardon me while I laugh ). That’s right….I, me, myself….numero uno! Nothing could stop me!!! Right? Wrong!
Funny how God will answer your prayers and give you the desires of your heart while you’re prancing around like a three year old in dress up clothes saying…“hey everybody…look at me!” (Still laughing).
My second year wasn’t so great. Almost a year to the day after my husband and I joined our church, I started having medical problems. I had multiple symptoms….female problems, fatigue, body pain and uncontrollable bouts of depression. Over the course of eight months I went from active church member, active mother and wife and full time employee to barely being able to get out of bed on certain days. Slowly but surely…I was being striped of my ability to function normally on a daily basis. After several visits to several doctors the diagnosis wasn’t serious. I needed a hysterectomy and needed to be treated for sleep deprivation because I was too busy laying awake at night wondering why God was doing this to me. After all….I had things to do!
Needless to say…I haven’t done any activities in church in almost three months. My family had to take care of me and the household for a few weeks after my surgery. My boss allowed me to do some work at home my last week of recovery so I wouldn’t go completely crazy at home. I had no choice but to take it easy. And here’s the real kicker….the world didn’t fall apart without me. (Now I’m really laughing)!
I’m in my third week of recovery and low and behold I get the sudden urge to check out this week’s writing challenge, been too busy for that too until now. Okay….if the frying pan in the back of the head wasn’t enough….check this out… writing is the one thing I haven’t patted myself on the back about….the one thing I have rarely shared with others…the one thing I’ve avoided throwing all my energy into and the one true gift God gave me. I used all the excuses in the book and even made up a few along the way. Anything to avoid sharing my God through my own words. But then again….that’s the difference…they aren’t my words. It took me being put flat on my back to realize what I’m supposed be doing.
So…pardon the cheesy line…I’m going to take a break to break into writing. (Okay…not that funny but I’m laughing…..and writing).

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Lynda Schultz 02/13/06
This has potential. With a little help with sentence structure and punctuation, you're on your way. And how true it is that sometimes God has to put an end to the "me" in our lives, so that the "He" can be exalted. Blessings.
Jessica Schmit02/14/06
I've also discovered that I was "all about me" in referance to ministry and family etc...God has been breaking me and it's both a painful and beautiful experaince. Your story portrayed that experience wonderfully. Next time try to get someone to proof read, the ...were a little too much. But keep working at it!
Nina Phillips02/15/06
I agree, the me, me, me needed to break, so the He-He-He could shine through. I agree though a few too many
...,, here and there. A little bit of careful editing and you have a got it licked. Keep writing! God bless ya, littlelight
Marilyn Schnepp 02/19/06
In the beginning you used the word "were" instead of "where" a few times; however, it was a great beginning...and keep up the good work. God Bless!