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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: On the Telephone (11/18/10)

TITLE: A Gift for Annie
By Kathy Stevens


Tears begin to form in Annie’s eyes. Big drops flow throughout and around her long eyelashes and finally plunge into the dirty dishwater. “What will we do now? Ben has been afraid he’d lose his job. He’s been hearing all the talk going on out at the plant about lay-offs and today he got a two-week notice. What will happen to our family now?


She answers the phone with a stuffy nose. “Hello.”

“Annie, are you crying? What has happened?”

“Oh, Mom, Ben lost his job today. What will we do? You know how hard it is to find work these days. We have the mortgage to pay and little Freddie’s doctor bills from last year still haunting us. We were just about to get a little bit ahead, and now . . . .”

“Sweetheart, I am so sorry. The first thing we will do is to set a petition before God. Remember His promises to us? Philippians 4:19 says, ‘And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’ We will stand on that one. Let’s pray. ‘Father, we give Annie and Ben and their sweet little family to you. You promised that You would supply our every need and we ask for provision for them today. We praise You for all You have done for us in the past, and we will be watching for the answer to this dilemma. Amen.’ It’ll be all right now, honey, God has never failed us. Your dad and I have stood on that one for many years."

“Thanks, Mom, I really needed that just now. Thanks for reminding me where my trust belongs. I’m going to write that verse down and put it where I can see it all the time.”

In heaven there is a conversation between the God, Jesus, and an angel. “Jakon, I see that Annie is struggling with the loss of Ben’s job. Have you taken care of the petition that she and her mother prayed?”

“Yes, Lord, I have tried many times, but just as I have the opportunity to deliver Your message, I find her on the telephone telling her friends about her fears.”

“I have such plans for her. I placed a great talent in her when she was sent to the earth. It is now time for her to step into the expansion of it. She has made delicious pies in past years and called it a hobby. Her family and friends have enjoyed it, but it will be the solution to their need.”

“Yes, Lord, but fear of what might happen keeps her from hearing the instructions. The enemy keeps her mind busy with worry and she will not hear me.”

Jesus speaks. “If only Annie would understand that I paid the price. I made a way for her out of darkness and out of problems on the earth -- a way of escape – and I keep My promises.

“Jakon, deliver a dream to her in the night. Show her a portion of My plans for this venture. Tell her mother to call her in the morning with encouragement. We will find a way to get this solution to her.

“If My people, who are called by My name would humble themselves and pray and seek My face. If they would turn from fear and trust Me fully, I would deliver them.

“Look. Now she is not on the telephone. Go quickly. Put My promises before her eyes again. Encourage her to believe what I have said. She cannot imagine the plans I have for her and her family. Tell her to trust Me fully and completely. I never fail

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Lynda Schultz 11/25/10
I like the way you planted the idea that we often don't hear God's solution because we are too focused on our fear. This one's got potential. Nicely done.
Noel Mitaxa 11/25/10
Very well presented challenge, with an imginatve view of how God answers prayer.
Gregory Kane11/26/10
The heavenly conversation was quite unexpected and took your tale off in a pleasing direction. I felt that your transition into Heaven was a bit too sudden. Perhaps something like the following would help: "While Annie is on the phone to her mother, she is unaware that two very important people are listening in. Up in heaven an angel is discussing her plight with the Lord..." Hmmm, I wonder if MY wife would be interested in helping OUR finances with HER baking!
Brenda Rice 11/28/10
This is a very creative approach to the topic. I liked it alot. There's so much truth in your message. Thanks for writing.
Mildred Sheldon11/29/10
I loved this very much.I love how you showed it from God's perspective. We permit fear to keep us from hearing God.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/30/10
I love this story. You used the telephone topic in such a fresh way. You did an outstanding job getting your message across. My minister did his PHD on dreams and believes that is a great time for God to talk to us. We have our defenses down and seem more willing to listen. Nice job
Nancy Sullivan 12/02/10
Congratulations on your HC. A very valuable lesson here, and you tell is so well. Great job!