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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)

TITLE: The Power of Words
By Jeannie Dennis


Few people are untouched by the phenomenon of social media these days. With the accessibility of the Internet to people around the world via the computer, iPhones and other tech toys the opportunity to communicate with others has grown existentially by leaps and bounds. News that once took weeks to travel around the world can now go viral within hours of being posted over such media sites as Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and YouTube. And we know it can be used for the benefit or destruction of others and affects world events with just a text, tweet, picture or video.
A few years ago when my son talked me into signing up for a MySpace account I was very reluctant to participate. By the time he told me to drop MySpace for Facebook, I was hooked. I have come to enjoy both Facebook and Skype because they keep me in touch with friends and family. My son serves in the Army and has been deployed to Iraq twice while his wife and little girl stay on base at Fort Hood, TX and I can tell you that being able to interact with them via Skype has been a wonderful blessing! The videos and pictures posted on Facebook of my granddaughter helps to make the California to Texas distance a little less and a feeling that I get to be a part of their lives. And the few times my son called on Skype, even with poor internet reception, were treasures to me! Yeah for social media!
We know how very influential the words and videos have been, I mean, look at the events in Egypt & Libya as well as many other countries around the world. All of this makes me think about just how powerful our words and actions are. It makes me wonder what God thinks about all the social media here on planet earth. After all He IS the Word and He created us to have interaction with Him! Do I give Him the same or more time than what I spend on sites such as Facebook or Skype? Do I take Him for granted, knowing that He will always be there whenever I decide to log-in?
I am so thankful that because of Him the connection is always available, always a full, strong signal. He will never “un-friend me” but instead draw me near. I have made many mistakes during my life. I have been hurt and I have hurt others, yet every time I go to my Father to ask forgiveness or cry out for healing, He has been right there. He wraps His loving arms around me and comforts me far better than Facebook or Skype will ever do. Yes, I do very much appreciate what social media can do for me but I absolutely love what God does WITH me!

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Hiram Claudio12/15/11
A very nice piece! I wasn't sure in the early section where you commnet "grown existentially" that you meant "grown exponentially" - but that is how it felt. Also, extra line breaks between paragraphs might help the reading of it flow better.

I enjoyed the images of your son being able to connect with his family while stationed overseas. I thank and honor him for his service to our country. God bless!
C D Swanson 12/15/11
Beautiful story and again like the previous entry - loved the last line! God is amazing, always there never will leave us, never will forsake us.

I enjoyed this story. And, my prayers go out to your son and all of the military who serve our country...God bless them, and God bless you~
Deborah Rampona Oliver 12/15/11
As a military wife, I so relate to the distance that Skype and Face Book can make up. Thank you for sharing. It is true that God will never un-friend us and I think it's so important to dwell on that daily.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/21/11
This is a sweet message. Add a Bible verse and prayer and you'd have a delightful devotion.

Double space and make smaller paragraph to give the reader the needed white space.

You did a great job weaving the topic throughout your story.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/21/11
Oh yeah I wanted to say thank you for the sacrifices you and your family make on my behalf.