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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Beach (07/04/05)

TITLE: Shipwrecked
By Norma OGrady


As I strolled along the beach here in the sun shine state I began to think about this weeks word "Beach". I thought that most people would probably write about the shore covered with sand, gravel, or larger rock fragments such as a seashore area next to water.
I thought how can I use this word and relate to a Jesus Christ centered story about it.
Here is my thought on the word beach.
My body is my ship, I use it for the transportation Of my mind, soul and spirit while I tarry here on earth.
I woke up one day and found my life was shipwrecked.
I had encountered serious damage to my ship.
Like a real ship will sink when it takes on to much water my ship was full of sin and still taking on more. I was sinking deep with sin.
I had no pail or pump to draw out the sin with.
I was cast away. Drifting without direction.
I was the master of my ship. I steered it which ever way I chose.
Oh, I thought I had religion. I thought I was a good Christian not realizing that there is more to being a Christian than just joining a church.
More than siting in the pew on Sunday and service days.
More than singing a few gospel songs.
More than saying and occasional prayer.
I found myself in the middle of a whirlwind.
I was spiritually bankrupt, dilapidated, done in, a wreck.
My health was also downhill.
An obese woman, what was she thinking? I have no idea.
My blood pressure was out of control, diabetic, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep apnea, multiple allergies to most all antibiotics, pain reliever's, nsads, Tylenol and a serious heart arrhythmia.
I had put my ship through all it could stand and it run upon the rocks.
I had been working on about 4 to 6 hours of sleep everyday.
This night I had laid down in my bed after a long 18 hour day of working.
I had grabbed a couple of fish sandwiches from the golden arches on my way home. Chugged a diet soda down.
I then was about to settle in for a night of rest.
When I felt this strange sensation in the middle of my chest.
I sat up and coughed trying to get it to go away.
I waited about 10 minutes and thought I better call 911.
I forgot to mention I am also raising my granddaughter.
I have had her with me since she was 2 years old.
I told her something was wrong with my heart.
I got all my papers together.
When the EMS (emergency medical service) arrived they checked me out and told me I was in arterial fibrillation with tachycardia.
I was taken to the hospital emergency room.
I thought on lord I have so much to do please don't let this happen to me, I began to pray.
I arrived at the ER scared thinking would this be my demise?
I looked at my granddaughter as she stood by the gurney.
She wouldn't leave my side. She kept telling me grandma I love you.
Some times it takes a good scare to get someone thinking, well this got me thinking about my relationship with my creator, my saviour.
I said an occasional prayer throughtout the day. I read my bible when I had some free moments. I attended church most every Sunday. As I pondered on my dilemma the Lord began to speak to me through the Word I found in my side table drawer.
Psalm 103
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
I now have a relationship with my Lord and Saviour! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's!
I will forever stand on His Word! My ship is now on the right beach where Jesus Christ is centered!

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Norma OGrady07/12/05
The sin that is spoke about here is the sin of omission which for those that don't understand, it is something neglected or left undone. Apathy toward or neglect of duty.
The act of omitting. The state of being omitted is when one knows the right thing to do but avoids doing it.
Our relationship with God is not only one of being aware of what evil we do, but also being aware of the good we don't do. The good things we are called to do are not to be done only when it is convenient for us, but at all times. Just as we are called to be constantly aware of temptations and sin in our lives, we are also called to pursue the fruits of the spirit.

The sin of omission is just as harmful to our spiritual well being as the sins we know not to do.
It isn't the thing you do dear,
It's the thing you leave undone.
The tender word forgotten,
The letter you did not write,
The flowers you did not send.
The stone you might have lifted
Out of a brother's way;
The bit of heartsome counsel
You were hurried too much to say.
The loving touch of the hand.
Which you had no time nor thought for
With troubles of your own.
For life is all to short,
And sorrow is all too great,
To suffer our slow compassion
That tarries until too late.
remember it isn't the things you do,
It's the thing you leave undone.
I hope this is the message that is being conveyed here.
God bless
Nina Phillips07/14/05
I liked this very much.
Fast paced and to the point. God bless, littlelight
Shari Armstrong 07/15/05
Beth Muehlhausen07/15/05
It seems to me that you realized, in the midst of your heart crisit, that God wanted control of your heart-of-hearts, not some Pharisee-like behavior. (Mt. 5:20) A very strong message.