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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Shhh. (02/18/10)

TITLE: Beware of the Friends You Keep
By Judy Wood


Pam and Kay had been friends since second grade. You always saw them together.

Throughout high school they were in almost all the same classes. Pam and Kay loved sports. They were both on the basketball and softball team.

The very best part about their friendship was they were both Christians and attended the same congregation. They had held each other accountable to high standards all through high school. After high school graduation they both decided to go to a Christian college in their hometown.

The problems in their relationship began when Pam started dating. The young man wanted to go out to clubs and had a different set of friends. He didn’t believe in God.

Kay was troubled and went to see her friend. “Pam, Devin just isn’t right for you. I’ve heard that he even goes to parties when there is drinking and drugs involved. I heard him bragging about cheating on his history exam.

“Shhhh, I’m not going to listen to that,” exclaimed Pam. “You don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m sure the girls you heard that from are just jealous Devin never asked them out. We’ve been good friends, but please don’t say anymore against Devin.” Pam slammed the door and left.

Kay was heartbroken. Her best friend would no longer listen to her. What could she do? She thought maybe she could just try to encourage her when she saw her at worship services, but Pam wasn’t there the next Sunday or the next. In fact, it seemed as if Pam had changed and no longer cared about living for Christ.

A few months later Kay’s mother told her of a conversation she had with Pam’s mother. Pam was living back home again and Devin was no longer in the picture. The sad thing was that Pam was pregnant. She was so ashamed and hurt that she would not go back to worship services.

Kay knew she must go and see her friend. Kay rang the doorbell to Pam’s house. Pam answered the door bell . Kay extended her arms and hugged her friend. “Pam, I love you. I know that God also loves you and forgives you. I’ll help you get through this.” Pam looked at Kay through tear filled eyes. She cried, “I’m so sorry that I didn’t believe you and listen to what you tried to tell me. Please forgive me”.

Kay and Pam continued to be great friends the rest of their lives and encouraged one another in the LORD.

They both reminded each other that ‘Satan is the father of all lies’. He tries to get you to believe lies. Pam knew she would be very careful and look to God to His help during her life.God was so good to give her a friend like Kay.

I Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” NIV

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Sarah Heywood02/25/10
A nice story of friendship...it reminded me of a true-life experience I had when one of my friends began to drift from the Lord when we were in our early twenties. So far, there hasn't been the happy ending that you portrayed, but I can still pray for it. I enjoyed this!
Lynn Radford02/26/10
I liked the angle you took on this topic. You portrayed it simply, without overdoing it. The connecting biblical passage was set off nicely at the end, as a moral to your story.
Mildred Sheldon02/28/10
Thank you for such an interesting story. I enjoyed this very much. Satan is so devious and evil and he does everything possible to turn our eyes off God.
c clemons03/01/10
Good moral here, the writing was a little rough in areas, keep practicing (especially dialogue)and you will get better.
Jan Ackerson 03/03/10
Good story for a youth group to use as a discussion-starter.

Work on "showing, not telling" for a more compelling read.

Your characters were true to the way teens often act.