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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Measure (01/10/13)

TITLE: She Lives Next Door
By Janice Wappel
01/13/13


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His words cut into the very foundation of her soul. His foul words are cruel and heartless, he doesnít care that that he has knocked the wind out of her spirit and left her stunned by his careless and crude words. Nor does he care about her swelling stomach that carries his baby, and he certainly never takes the time to measure how his vicious fists will bruise her body, her mind, and her soul. He is so angry that he keeps swinging his fists harder and harder; blow after blow stinging her helpless face until she falls, her mouth bleeding, her soul shattered.

Who is she? Your neighbor, your sister, your friend, a pastor's wife, a politicianís wife, the stranger you see walking down the street. She lives in fancy high rise apartments in New York, a hut in Africa, in the Bush of Australia and nations around the globe; she may even live right next door to you. You might see her at the local park or school playground playing with your child, or stand behind her at the grocery store, but she has skillfully covered the bruises on her body and gives you a forced smile hoping to mask the pain, loneliness and even shame she lives with.

She is tormented day after day and wants and needs help but is unable to speak out for fear she will be beaten again or her children will suffer under the same blows she has received. She wants to run away, but doesnít know where to go or what to say. Her husbands friends and co-workers would never believe he was cruel to her or her children.

What can we do?
Pray for protection for all the women who suffer from domestic violence around the globe.

Pray God will raise up church leaders and city leaders who will be good examples of godly husbands and fathers and will hear her cry for help and act on a solution by raising the standard of mutual respect in marriage.

Pray God will convict men around the world of their cruelty to women and children and remind them that Godís Word says in Mark 4:24 that we should ďTake heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. Luke 6:38 says: Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.Ē Pray men will take heed to Godís Word.

Lastly, ask God to open your eyes to see what He sees, feel what He feels, hear what He hears and be ready to help and comfort when God brings someone to you who may be in need of comfort and help because of cruelty they have suffered at the hands of a father, husband or boyfriend.

Did you know that 60% of battered women are abused while they are pregnant?
Did you also know that every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted and beaten?


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Wilma Schlegel 01/20/13
Your insight is right on. Thank you for a piece that trains our senses toward those who need us.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/20/13
This is a powerful message. I can see that you have a real passion about this subject and it shows in your words.

The one thing I might suggest is to do more showing than telling. For example in the beginning show the reader what is happen with something like this: She crouches in the corner raising her hands to protect her face from the assault of his fists.
Something like that will paint a picture for the reader and draw them in.

I do think you did a nice job of merging your message with the topic. The verses you chose were a great fit. You covered a horrible subject in a way that will help others to reach out and make a difference.
Roxanne Howard01/20/13
Very powerful and true.
CD Swanson 01/22/13
Reflective and pensive entry. Nicely done.
God bless~
Sandra Renee Hicks 01/24/13
Hi Janice -

Wow! That's a powerful message that is vitally necessary to spread...

Thank you for writing about an issue that is so painful but hopeful with available solutions...

Yes, indeed, more people need to help those in such conditions...

Love in action - for real..
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/24/13
Congratulations on ranking 6 in level two!