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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

TITLE: His Faithfulness through the Valley
By Paul Alden


I thought there was a game tonight but it's just an empty field, is this what life will soon be like, should I be forced to yield?

Will I be forced to absorb the pain and hurt I'm sure to feel, when their mother walks away with them, will my heart ever begin to heal?

No more cheering for the team, or hearing about their silly dreams. No more sending them off to school with reminders of the Golden Rule.

No more kissing them goodnight and praying to God with all my might, that He'd make us stronger for the fight...nothing but memories...children, Daddy loves you, I guess that will have to do.

God is faithful to care for those who put their trust in Him.

I will always be a part of your life. I promise that I will still make all your games and practices. I will be interested in what interests you. I'll still ask lots of questions and want to know where you go and who your friends are. I'll pray every day, that your faith will grow and mature and I'll be faithful in meeting your needs. If the time comes, that your mother and I can "get it together", I look forward to that day but if it doesn't happen, I will still be your Dad...count on it!!!!


God did a miraculous work that very week

Her bags were packed, the moving truck, half loaded. She had applied for a relocation out of state, (things had been getting worse). I was fine with her rejection of me and willing to let her have her way but I wasn't going to allow her to leave state,(legally). I had filed for an "order to show cause" why the children should leave with her.

My daughter had "sided" with her, my little boy was just "following mom" but my oldest boy, my namesake, was not into it at all. He wanted to stay...it was a mess.

His little league team played their last game (all-stars) and all their friends had thrown them a going away party. To the natural mind, all had been lost. I was going to be picking up the boys trophies the next day because they weren't going to be there.

During this whole ordeal I had continued praying with them and doing our a.m. bible studies before putting them on the bus.

Suddenly she did a major 360' and "changed her mind". What? Everything was set! She had emptied what little bit she had in her 401k, paid the lawyer (a christian one...???) put first and last months deposit down at her new place, I mean everything was set. She was GOING.

Afterwards she revealed to me that God had been at work in her heart. She said that she felt like she was literally outside of her body watching this whole thing happen and was suddenly struck with the thought, "What am I doing?" It had been like she was under a spell of some kind.

Needless to say, we did manage to work things out and were even able to finally secure a house loan for our current residence.

"All" the kids were overjoyed to see their Daddys God keeping His promise to watch over us and to guide us with His Eye. If I were anything like I was before my conversion I would more than likely had been bitter towards my daughter for not... "protesting a little more"(a moment of transparency) but I know that these are confusing times that we live in and that's all behind us now anyway. She is flourishing and I'm simply grateful for the opportunity to be there for her. Thank You Lord for Your utter faithfulness and for Your Word. You ALONE are worthy of our affection and praise.

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Joanne Sher 08/20/06
I love the first line of the poem - great image of the empty field!
A very compelling story here - but it seems a bit fragmented to me. Work on the flow a bit and it will resonate more with the reader. You have wonderful potential here!