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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)

By Larry Dudley


I always hoped there was a God because every time I was in trouble I would pray for his help. With the promise if he would get me out of this jam it would prove to me he was there. And I would then have the faith to put my trust in him.
I was setting out side of a church in Lagrande, Or. Waiting for a meeting to start, reading a daily prayer guide when I enjoyed the outbreak of God in front of me. I was always asking for God to show himself for proof. If you cannot see its not there was my understanding.
I had about eight months of my world being cleared from years of drugs and drinking. The fog had opened up and for once in my life I actually thought there might be a chance to stay clean and sober. With the help of those who went before me and those coming after. Still there was the question on my heart if you are there how do I know how do I have faith in something out of my reach. My heart cried for that connection that love to fill an empty space deep inside my broken body
There was a silver squirrel setting up on a tree limb about thirty feet away making noise talking the way they do. I was looking out over the beautiful spring day everything blooming and growing the picture of the Blues Mountains range could not have been more breath taking.
I said a prayer and it went something like thisí Lord you are the one who saved me in that motel that night, When I was on my knees with the gun and prayed for you to either show me the way or give me the strength to end it. I was done living my life the way I had for the last thirty years, drinking, drugs, the broken relationships, the failures to my kids and everyone I have touched. You took the broken me and brought me to this place in just eight months. I am so thankful and lay my life before you.
As I looked up with tears in my eyes the squirrel came down within three feet of me. Setting on his haunches nibbling on a nut of some kind looking at me. Then you would have thought the lights had just been turned on. There was a glow so radiant it was brighter than sunshine. Everything I looked at had this silver halo emitting from it. The hills never looked so bright and beautiful and then I knew. God was everywhere in everything there was no doubt left, the heaviness on me was gone, I met God on that day and know he is real and has had his hand on my shoulder always.
When I had no faith in him he had it in me. The outbreak of his love all over that valley that day will never be forgotten.
It has been seventeen years since God touched my heart and it is still as real today as it was then. For God so loved me he gave his only begotten son. Amen

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diana kay04/14/11
thank you this was a good testimony and a good use of the theme :-)
Mildred Sheldon04/15/11
Well written and a very moving testimony. Keep writing and thanks for sharing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/18/11
This is a lovely testimony. You drew me in and I felt your pain, then your joy. Be careful with set VS sit and it's and its. You also want to double space between the paragraphs to give the reader white space to make it easier to read. Keep writing I can feel your passion and see your talent.