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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)

TITLE: Let the Battle Begin
By christine bastow
09/03/07


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Let the Battle Begin

Boldly going where no one else had gone before, Joan of Ark was an amazing hero.

Believing God had told her to “recover her homeland”, she was confident in what she was about to do and courageous in every way.

The army she was destined to fight was tangible, where as mine is unseen.

If only I could be like her….

But no different to me, Joan knew her God meant business.

I feel just like Joan about to “recover my homeland”.

A strongman has our city under siege and is causing our youth to faint, and we are growing weary.

I need to be bold in God, to speak and believe that what He says is true.

I know that with God all things are possible if I only believe.

I must stand in the gap for our youth, not condemning, but having compassion toward them.

I need to make this stand because if our youth don’t get through this, then we are in trouble.

It’s like a whirlpool or a tornado that has hit our city without warning, and is sucking everything and everyone into its path.
The youth, the parents, the teachers and even unsuspecting onlookers are not exempt.

God said that he would have His way in the whirlwind and the storm.
I believe that.

As I stand facing this enemy that thinks it is strong and sure, I feel like Gideon hiding behind the wine press, saying “Who Me”.

But I am prepared to say “this far and no further”, and as I enter my prayer closet a message from above stirs within.

Be bold; be strong, for the Lord your God is with you.

Let the battle begin…….



References: Matthew 19:26, Nahum 1:3
And Judges 6:11 (paraphrased)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version
Thomas Nelson, Inc. 1983


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Jan Ackerson 09/08/07
I really like that you wrote this in first person, rather than preaching at your readers.

I'd suggest not opening with such a hugely familiar phrase--you want your opening to be your own! And since you had leftover words, I'd have loved more specifics about the specifics of the battle, in addition to the symbolic terms.

This has the effect of a pep talk, and I really enjoyed it.
c clemons09/09/07
I could have used some definite plans of battle. A good soldier/warrior captain whatever has to have a plan. There was comparison to Joan of Ark and the cliche scripture verses but not enough solution. As a article left me flat, keep writing and pull out what's in you.
Dee Yoder 09/09/07
I like the idea that you feel responsible for the youth in your neighborhood. I agree with the other comments that this is worthy of more information given to the reader! You have a great start made in your article-it only needs a bit more polish and it will shine!