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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: Drawing on the Strength Within
By Kimberly Jones


Drawing On The Strength Within
Have you ever wondered what my purpose is? Why am I hear? Or do you know and say to yourself I can never do that. Well the time has come to stop looking from the outside in and look from the inside out. We have let society tell us what is right and anything contrary to that is wrong. We have the ability because God put it in us before we were even born. We were predestined and foreknown before time began. I never thought that I could spread the gospel for Christ because I am a woman, but ever since I was 12 years old this burning has been inside me to share the Love of God. I started attending a church that allowed women to preach and really did not know if I could stand before a congregation and share what God had put on my heart. Once I realized that I was the vessel and God was in charge I knew I could because what I spoke was not me and touched others in a deeper sense than I could ever had imagined. Now don’t think that every time I got up to speak that I was not scared because I was. I just had to remember that I was the clay pot and God was molding me for his benefit. When we try to draw from our own strength we fail every time, but when we rely on the strength of the one who created us we are successful, anointed, powerful, empowered and strong. We have to allow the One who created us to guide us and realize that without him we are nothing. John 15:5 states “I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing (KJV). “ We can and will “bear fruit” when we let our Master be our guide and that means we are daily delving into His Word that we may have something to pull from when the world says we can’t or we feel that we have been left out to dry. Our Heavenly Father has not left us nor forsaken us. Now here comes the hard part stepping out in faith and saying “… Here am I; send me (Isaiah 6:8b KJV),” because only when we have allowed ourselves to be vulnerable have we truly drawn on the strength within, which is Our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Are you ready to go to the next level? If your answer is “Yes” then let the Lord move you out of your comfort zone and use you for what He created you for. Start living the life of and “heir and joint heir” and stop living the life of a poor man.

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Edy T Johnson 04/29/06
First comes the creative output, free-flowing ideas, which you have, here. But, without the discipline of the rewrite, your potential readers might miss your good message. Draw your readers in with visual appeal. A long paragraph does the opposite of what the writer wants to do (intice a reader into your message). Keep working---this is a good start!
Birdie Courtright04/30/06
Thanks for your enthusiasm and encouragement. I can feel your fire! If you would seperate your points into paragraphs, leaving some white space between them, it would be easier to read and make your points stand out clearly. What ever you do, keep stepping out and encouraging others to do the same. The body of Christ needs infectious, enthusiastic saints like you.
Carol Shaffron05/01/06
God "spoke" to me through your sharing! I have been arguing with God about stepping out to share what He puts in my mouth.

And, yes, you do need to put this into paragraphs to make it much easier to read and understand. But the message still comes through loud and clear.

Blessings Abundant,
Jan Ackerson 05/03/06
Blessings as you work on developing your ministry!

Watch out for here / hear, and work on using less "churchified" words and phrases. For those of us brought up in church, they are used so much as to have lost some of their meaning, and to the un-churched, they sound almost like a different language. It's obvious that you have the writing ability--reach for ways to make your thoughts sparkle!