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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Astonishment (02/02/12)

TITLE: "I Will Teach Your Sons."
By Cynthia Carter


I love to get up at four o'clock in the morning and read my Bible and pray. Sometimes God is silent. Sometimes He amazes me. Once during a difficult time of my life God gave me Isaiah 54. I had even labeled it “My Bible Book” with the date October 14, 1994. That was the year that my husband left me for the hooch.

I understand that hooch could mean alcohol. In my case hooch was a blonde with a boob job. I was told that part of my postal retirement, helped finance that boob job. But that's for another story.

My friends talked me into taking a divorce recovery class. The only bad thing about divorce recovery is you have to pray for your spouse for 30 days straight. Of course that is easy if you are praying for God to wreak havoc on him. You can’t get out of divorce recovery until you complete the 30 days of praying blessings on your spouse. If you missed a day or prayed bad things then you had to start over. It was like the movie “Ground Hog Day”. I kept waking up and starting over on my prayers.

After five years in divorce recovery and sobbing over Isaiah 54 I finally graduated from the class. I didn't have much faith in my spouse, but I did have a lot of faith in God. My faith only grew stronger as I learned to call on God as if He were my husband, because that's what Isaiah 54 said.

My oldest son decided to go in the Army after high school. He would not be talked out of it. When he got out of the Army and went to the community college, his G.I. Bill covered everything. When he started going to the university there wasn't quite enough money. We now had to pay for housing plus the extra cost of a university. I worked two jobs and my son worked and went to school. One night God reminded me of our book, Isaiah 54. Verse 13 says “and I will teach your sons.”

God did you really mean that or am I twisting your words? Does that mean you'll help with college? I do want my son to graduate without debt. I know debt is not your will. God I trust you but I don't want to bend your words.

I got up from my knees with a renewed sense of God’s faithfulness. We started looking for a place to stay.

My son found a lady who put him to work. She owned property all over the town where my son went to school. He was to be her handy man in exchange for a house near campus. It was a very nice house near the faculty. What a set-up.

One day my son called and explained that he had been awarded a scholarship that he had not applied for. A brick manufacturer in that area had given him a scholarship because of his service in the army, his GPA and his major. Have you ever heard of someone getting a scholarship they had not applied for?

My son had been a C student in high school. He kept his grades high enough to stay on the wrestling team. He didn’t apply for any scholarships because of this. I guess God applied for him.

I was so proud of him. When he walked across that stage to receive his diploma, my mouth flew open, what is that yellow thing around his neck. Wow! I wiped the tears from my eyes as I realized he not only graduated debt free but also at the top of his class. God you did teach my son.

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Allison Egley 02/11/12
Oh, I like this!

I got a big confused when you mentioned the wrestling team and a scholarship.... Did he get a second one he didn't apply for, or where you referring to that first one again, when you said that God applied for him? This really didn't detract from the entry as a whole, though.

Nice job. I'm glad the son learned some things. :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/11/12
This is a sweet story. I understand you wanted to explain about the divorce class because it led you to the Bible verse but that was a bigger part of your story. Maybe instead you could have gone into more details of the son and his struggles. I wanted to know more about him. The ending was really strong for me and left me with a warm feeling.
Darlene Casino 02/12/12
Thank you for sharing your story and the pain involved. I read your 'heart' and found praise for the way God ministered to your faith and your son's needs...
C D Swanson 02/12/12
Great job with this. I appreciated your getting up early (4 am) to have alone time with God and His word.
I got chills at the end about your son and his scholarship! Praise the Lord.

I loved this.

God Bless~
Mildred Sheldon02/13/12
What an amazing story of God's faithfulness. I felt the MC's pain going through a divorce and the struggles that followed. A well written story and one I enjoyed greatly. Thank you for sharing and God bless.
C D Swanson 02/16/12
Congratulations! God Bless~