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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Lock (03/06/06)

TITLE: The Blessing of a Closed Door
By Vanessa Severino
03/07/06


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Once opon a time there lived a woman, who GOD was doing an amazing transformation in her life. She was about to receive the miraclous breakthrough she been longing for and needed for quite some time. However, although she had faith that her breakthrough was around the corner and will come to pass, she was still the same woman with the same bad habits that tripped her up time and time again. However, each time she would find herself resorting back to old patterns of behavior, the unconditional love of her Savior, protected her and saved her from herself. Whenever she tried to reopen a door that He so lovingly shut on her, she would find that door locked. I don't know why she would keep insisting on foolishly trying to reopen these closed doors, but inspite of her condition and foolish behavior, her Savior went right on loving her, and kept those doors locked each and every time!

One day instead of being disappointed she was met with a closed locked door, she felt so loved by her Savior for doing this to her. Although the doors she was trying to reopen in her life led her to face many let downs and disappointments,and the pain of rejection from people who once where so supportive to her, it was a good thing. The blessings of a locked door, that God shut and man cannot no matter how hard they try to reopen, led her to quit looking to man for answers. Quit looking to man for support and strength, and worth. It led her to turn her face to her heavenly Father, the ONLY one who can save her, heal her and deliver her, comfort her, give her strength and provide all the answers she needs for whatever questions she may have. She may have faced many many lonely nights in the midst of getting her breakthrough, trying to reach out for help through man, and coming up empty handed, because of what GOD was doing for her out of love. She felt alone like no one really understood her or really cared to try. But in the end, all these locked doors, led her to cry out to the one who really can meet all of her needs. She no longer feels all alone,she got a Savior Jesus Christ, and if facing many many locked doors, to arrive at the door that will never lock in her face, it was worth all the pain, all the rejection, one can possibly endure. Now she no longer turns to people to help her make decisons she needs to make in life, no longer asks the middle man to tell her what he or she feels GOD would want her to do, she knows the loving whisper of a Savior, who's door is always open and never will be locked. God bless


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Jan Ackerson 03/13/06
A very sweet story, and full of hope. A few edits for sentence structure will give it a smoother flow. Wonderful title--practically a whole lesson just in those few words!
Karen Rice03/14/06
A strong, realistic message!

But keep in mind that readers veiwing a flat computer screen will be less likely to scan the whole looking for meat and missing the treasures if the long paragraphs are squished together.

Kurt Youngdale03/14/06
The writing style of this piece worked very well. Great Job!
Virginia Gorg03/16/06
Good messsage in this. Would read easier if spaced out more and grammar errors corrected. Instead of saying 'she got a Savior...' try 'she has ...' or 'she found her Savior' :)
Jessica Schmit03/16/06
I found this story to be a bit difficult to follow at time, but nonetheless you did a great job of letting us really get to know your main character.