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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Help (02/20/06)

TITLE: All In One Word
By Patricia Charlton


All In One Word

With a push of the button, my computer comes to life. Now, I read the topic for my next writing assignment. “You got to be kidding me. How do I explain such a broad topic (help)?”

I pick up the dictionary, only to find that “help” means many things to many people. That refraining from something is a form of helping or relieving someone in his or her need. “Now that really helps me. Maybe, I will just try to write a few words.”

Click, click, and click…delete, delete and delete, click, click, click…delete, delete and delete - I am still confused.

Again that nagging feeling, “Look at that word (help)!” Taking off my glasses, I give my head a shake. “What do you mean look at that word? Now I’m hearing voices. Maybe a break from the keyboard will help me think clearly?”

After several cups of tea, a visit to the bathroom, and a walk around the block, I return to the keyboard. Click, click, click…delete, delete and delete, I am still at a lost for words. There it is again that nagging feeling, “Look at that word!”

“What are you trying to tell me, Lord?”

“Each letter has a meaning.”

“Ok, Lord, now I need your help!”

“The letter “H” is humility. Only when you ask for my help, do you understand your writing weakness.”

“Ok, Lord, What does “E” represent?”

“E” is for effort. I take the time to respond to your cry for help and you take the time to listen.”

“Now, I get it, Lord”

“L” is love. I demonstrate my love for you during your greatest need. When you truly love someone or something, you effortless care for their needs. After all, the Holy Spirit is my gift to you.”

“P” is for perseverance. I never give up on you. Therefore, never give up on your writing assignments. People need to know that I care and will help.”

With this writing assignment complete, I turn off my computer. Now, I understand that “God is my refuge and strength, always ready to help me in my times of trouble. (Psalm 46: 1 NLT)

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Lynda Schultz 02/27/06
Nicely done. I don't think you needed this: (help) which appeared a couple of times. I loved your definition of H.E.L.P. Good job.
Carla Feagans03/02/06
I loved this definition of HELP - Humility, Effort, Love and Perseverance. I'm sure I will remember this and use it as I work to persevere in humility and love in each of my trying situations! Great lesson here.

I hope you decide to keep entering, I enjoy your writing.
Andre Kingston03/02/06
This was a nice daily devotional piece. Cute and obvious, but catchy enough that the chior will sing the chorus again.
Cheryl Harrison03/02/06
Perfect little devotional for writers. Good job!
Patricia Charlton03/02/06
Thanks everyone for your comments. I will try and enter another challenge piece.
Jan Ackerson 03/02/06
I love your anagram! I'd suggest that you avoid dictionary definitions; it's such a common device that many gloss over them. Your dialog with God was very compelling. Good job!
Sandra Petersen 03/03/06
I liked the dialogue you had with the Lord, demonstrating to all of us (again, Lord?) that we cannot do this thing called writing without the Lord's guidance and words. Your 'click, click...delete, delete' sequence was something to which every writer could relate. '“P” is for perseverance. I never give up on you. Therefore, never give up on your writing assignments. People need to know that I care and will help.”' impacted me most because I tend to give up when the struggle is difficult. Thanks for sharing! (Please don't quit!)
Patricia Charlton03/03/06
Sandra, thanks for your comment. This writer is known for her tenacity. I never give up even when I'm wrong!
Shari Armstrong 03/04/06
A nice way to convey help - nicely done. :)
Maxx .03/05/06
There is a smoothness in your writing. Your technique is fine. When I read your words, they flow smoothly. Your message is also strong and right on point. The one weakness I see in this piece is content. You chose to use your outstanding skill on a storyline that was not worthy of your abilities. I would have liked to see what you could do showing this story to me. The author conflicted, struggling, near quitting. Finally turning to he rultimate inspiration, God, who provides reassurance and draws her back from the breaking point. I think you have a great future in writing. Be confident. Step up and wrestle the big stories.