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

TITLE: Just a Phone Call Away
By Mildred Sheldon


Molly was sitting in her big easy chair with her legs raised catching 40 winks when the phone rang. Molly slowly lowered her legs, and reached for the phone next to her big easy chair.

“Hello, hello this is Molly. May I help you? Is anyone there? Hello!”

Molly listened closely and was ready to hang up the phone when she heard a whimper followed by a huge sob.

“Mama, oh Mama, I really messed up big time. I thought I could handle everything, but I can’t. Can we talk? I need your advice. I don’t know what to do or how to even begin to untangle this mess I’ve made. Oh Mama Jeff and I had a huge disagreement. I told him I decided to pursue my career and not have children. He looked at me as if I’d lost my mind. He said that he thought we decided to discuss everything together before any decision was made about our lives. He stormed out the house slamming the door so hard it just about broke the glass. Mama, I really did it this time.” Annie said between heartbreaking sobs.

“Annie, my precious, take a deep breath, blow it out very slowly, and try to calm down. Right now your world is falling down around your ears, but I’m right here baby. I’ll do everything I can to help you resolve this crisis. That’s what mama’ are for baby. Now start at the beginning and we’ll go from there. Okay?”

Annie blew her nose and took several deep breaths before continuing.

“Well, I was talking with the older women and they said having a good career is more important then raising children. They showed me the pros and cons of a successful career or having children, and I decided that a successful career is for me, but I screwed up big time Mama.”

“Annie, you asked for my advice and what I’m going to say may upset you even further, but you know I speak my mind and don’t mince words. When you and Jeff first got married you discussed about having children and decided to talk over all decisions together. You broke your promise, and you decided what you wanted without him. Annie, honey, you hurt Jeff deeply. Jeff will come home of that I’m sure, but you my precious daughter need to pray, and when Jeff comes home you should sit down and discuss this issue in length and work it out together. I love you honey, and I want the best for both of you.”

“Oh Mama, I don’t know what came over me. It’s as if I’d forgotten everything I valued and the promises Jeff and I made. Mama I knew I could count on you. You tell the truth whether it hurts or not, because the truth will set you free. Truth is not always pleasant to hear. I will pray and wait for Jeff to come home. I know we both handled this situation wrong, but with parents who are rooted so deeply in God and His Holy Word, and with God’s help we can fix what we’ve broken. Thanks Mama, I love you Mama and I’ll call you later.”

Molly placed the phone back on its stand bowed her head and started praying. It was 6:00 P.M. the next evening when the phone rang and Molly answered.

“Mama, when Jeff came home last night we sat down and prayed. We put our careers first and stopped praying together. We had turned from God and got caught up in this old world. We let out guard down and the old devil saw an opening and jumped in. We’ve recommitted our lives to Christ and from now on we will discuss everything together. Mama I know you know this scripture, ‘Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ Jeff and I claim Matthew 6:33 as our scripture. Mama, I am so thankful I have you in my life. We are so blessed with parents who love the Lord so much. I know Jeff and I will be okay. Mama thank you for standing by your principals although what you said cut me like a knife, but I needed that. Hopefully we have learned a lesson and what happened will never happen again. I love you Mama, and will talk to you tomorrow. Night, night Mama.”

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Verna Mull 11/26/10
I really enjoyed this story. It was well written, and I'm sure that it will have touched many a "Mama"s heart, perhaps even remind the "Mama"s just how important their parents were to them.
Gregory Kane11/26/10
You've got a great message here. I felt that your dialogue could do with being broken up a bit more. I can't easily imagine a mother and daughter waiting so patiently for the end of each other's long speech. Conversation is more natural when people are constantly butting in. However, as Verna said, there's some great material here. It's just a case of making good even better.
Brenda Rice 11/28/10
I like your reminder that mama speaks the truth even when it hurts. Most of the time what I want to hear isn't what I need to hear. Thanks for sharing a very nice story.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/30/10
It doesn't matter how old you get if you have a mama you can call at any time and talk about anything then you are truly blessed. Of course for those who don't Jesus provides what we need in more ways than one. Great story.
Nancy Sullivan 12/02/10
How wonderful to have a Christian mother. I'll give mine an extra hug today. Great story.