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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)

TITLE: A Precious Jewel
By Katherine Mikshenas


A Precious Jewel

When I think of the word fulfillment I think of being a mother. I remember when I found out that I was going to be a mother. I was not married and not exactly thrilled with the news. My whole body shook and I could barely sit still in a chair. I did not know what to do, where to go or who to tell. When it came time to tell my daughterís father I had a sick feeling in my stomach and could barely get the words out between sobs. He did not want anything to do with the baby. I was devastated. I had no money. I felt abandoned and so alone. Members of my family did not want me to have the baby and even offered to pay for an abortion. I cried out in desperation to God. I prayed for strength and courage. I told God I could not do this alone. I wept myself to sleep. When I woke up I knew somehow God was with me and I was supposed to have this child. I heard Godís voice deep within my heart whisper that He would be my husband. God placed a ring of gold around my heart.

It was time for me to be strong. I told my family that with or without their support I was having this child. They were upset and some of them barely spoke to me throughout my pregnancy. My pregnancy was lonely but I knew God was with me and somehow everything would turn out alright. Money was very scarce. I did not have money to buy baby furniture and bought only a few items of clothing. I just kept praying and God would open doors. People that I did not know came to the door with baby clothing, diapers and baby furniture. When my daughter was born I held her close to me and gently kissed her forehead. I thought about all the talks I had with God about how frightened I was to become a single mother. God was my provider. He took care of all of our needs.

My daughter grew and every day was full of joy. At night I would rock her to sleep. We took lots of walks where she would pick hundreds of wild daisies. In the summer we would have peanut butter and jelly picnics under the apple trees. I cried when the bus pulled away on her first day of preschool. I cried again when she graduated elementary school. Many times money was tight. God always provided more than enough for my daughter and me.

My daughter turns sixteen in two days. Soon she will walk through the door of adulthood. I am not sure I am strong enough to let go. God promised me He will never leave our sides. His ring of love is around my heart and gives me hope and strength. When my daughter opens the door to adulthood I will love her, hold her close to me and gently rock her to sleep in my heart. Being a mother is my precious jewel wrapped around my heart in a ring of Godís love.

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Lynda Schultz 04/13/06
What a touching testimony. I loved this line especially: "God placed a ring of gold around my heart" and you did a great job using almost the same phrase at the end to tie everything together.

Shortening some of your longer sentences would give them more impact. But good job.
Carol Shaffron04/14/06
Lovely story of how God has been your strength through it all. I too am a single mother, and God was/is husband. Wonderfully creative expressions that add delightful images to your account.
Virginia Gorg04/14/06
"A ring of gold around my heart" - what a great line. Good story, flows well, and has a message of hope for pregnant teens. Children are a treasure from the Lord.
Shelley Snyder04/14/06
I, too, liked the ring of gold from God. Good job!
Crista Darr04/16/06
Beautiful testimony! "Set me as a seal upon your heart." I encourage you to rewrite your opening paragraph with the heartache and uncertainty in the forefront. Hook your reader!This is a tender piece glorifying Jesus, your husband.
Marilyn Schnepp 04/17/06
What reached out and grabbed me about this story was: the big difference between LOVE. Family turned their back on this person for making a mistake; whereas God's love wavered not! Even though He was obviously forgotten when the "mistake" was made...He never stopped loving one of His children when they cried to Him for help. He holds no grudges, doesn't pre-judge, and loves us in spite of our downfalls. Nicely done.
Edy T Johnson 04/17/06
This is great writing! With just a few words you have reached to the depths of your readers' hearts, and left them with a significant message. (I wonder how many of these re-readable stories my 'favorites' box can hold?) Thank you and keep writing!
Linda Germain 04/18/06
You conveyed the love of God in a Heartfelt and real way. Nicely done. :0)
Stephanie Eckenroad04/18/06
The way you write kept me very interested. Your story touched me. I love your open and honest heart.