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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Note (02/07/13)

TITLE: Timely Treasures
By Alicia Renkema


Your personal Word comes to me when I am discouraged, as in Psalm 30:5. This is like perfume to my soul. God, when You give me a poem, that also helps me feel alive, like I am standing in the midst of a sparkling waterfall, having You twirl me round and round in the water.
Where do I begin in remembering Your sweet love story to me, oh Lord? You have given me gifts, sweet notes as wondrous as the wise men's, that have made my heart leap for joy.
     Lord, remember three weeks after my dad died? I was going three thousand miles away to college and I felt paralyzed. Mom had arranged for my best friend Jane, to accompany me on that difficult trip. The way I found out was priceless, thanks to You. Sitting in church, I started to think: "What if Jane could come with us?" As I started to share this with Jane, she misunderstood me, presuming I knew about my mom's surprise.
"How did you find out?"
"What do you mean how did I find out? Is it true?" I asked.
She nodded yes, and I started to cry and laugh at the same time. God, You heard my heart's cry during one of the hardest times of my life.
I had a wonderful wedding in 1982, but my marriage was failing. It was so painful. Even after much counseling, nothing changed. Then You designed a rose especially for me, and in May of 1983, my son Matthew was born. You gave me his name, meaning "a gift from God", and His companionship is a living love note from You, my Lord.
I've always loved Your ocean. Christmas Day of 1987 I received a vacation from my sister Louise which I know You planted within her heart. I cried tears of happiness as I gingerly held her card which told me I was going to the beach. I had a pretty rough year and this trip, with the waves crashing against the shore, was a melody flooding songs into my heart.
In 2000 You showed me something to fervently pray for. You were setting the stage for another unexpected gift. I had taken a short sabbatical from the choir to join our ladies evening Bible Study. They had been studying Hannah's desire for a child. My sister Kristine, and her husband had wanted a baby for so long. You were watering our prayers.
The time for their flowering had now come... The evening before leaving for our family reunion, the phone rang: "Are you sitting down?" my sister asked. "I have some good news and bad news to tell you. The bad news is I won't be coming to the family reunion. The good news is I won't be coming because I am pregnant with twins!" I cried and laughed all at once.
" Kristine, ohhh," I shrieked. "You do need to take care of yourself and our twins."
There are a few more love notes which You have recently given that I need to mention. Before my "season of darkness" was to begin You introduced me to two godly women whose letters are continuing to sustain me on days where I feel faint, they have added such richness to my life!
Then the crisis began, and Matthew spent six weeks in a psychiatric hospital, and had only been home ten days, things were worse than ever. His doctor decided he needed to go back into the hospital. I know You remember how discouraged I was. Fifteen minutes before leaving for the hospital, I saw a UPS truck moving slowly in our alley. As the driver got out, I said, "It looks like he's coming our way." When I opened the box I saw the most gorgeous roses I had ever seen, every color of the rainbow, sent by You I know, through Kristine's hand. These were Your kisses upon my cheek to assuage my grief.
You have now given Matthew a love note of his own, a psychologist, who hopefully is "our treasure in the darkness." (Isaiah 45:3) Father, thank you for all of Your faithful love notes to me over the years, let me be a love note according to Your plan.

Author's Note: This is a true accounting of the author's love note's from God.

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Margaret Kearley 02/18/13
This is beautiful - it is a deep heart personal prayer of thanksgiving to God. Thank you for sharing some of the precious ways God has worked and is working in your life. I think it is wonderful (and Biblical!) to recount God's personal dealings and miracle-workings over the years - it heps us continue in the darker timesa. Thankyou for being willing to share this treasure of love notes.
lynn gipson 02/19/13
This is beautiful jerseygirl. Yes, God does leave us love notes all the time, and what a unique approach to the topic! I was blessed by your testimony here. I now am thinking of all the love notes he has left me in my life. What a joy to read! Very good.
Cheryl Harrison02/19/13
This is so heartfelt. It brought tears to my eyes. A beautiful testimony of God's care for each of us.
Richard Hicks02/19/13
very well written reminder of God's love notes to us. Easy to read and understand.
Danielle King 02/19/13
This is a lovely, deep and heartfelt piece of work and it's so encouraging to hear of all the times in your life that you knew God was by your side. Thank you for sharing this. One tiny hint of red ink - maybe spacing between paragraphs would make it easier on the eye. Great job. Well done!
Susan Montaperto02/19/13
Thank you for your testimony of Jesus Christ's love and grace in your life. May you continue to have many love notes for many years to come.
Judith Gayle Smith02/19/13
So lovely. To understand that all good gifts indeed come from our "Father of Lights" is a blessing twice given. Thank you for sharing this sweet and priceless insight into your heart.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/19/13
This is really lovely. I call these events in my life my personal I love you from Jesus. Others call them coincidences. How sad for the coincident seekers who may never know the true feeling behind love notes from God. You did a nice job with this.
Bea Edwards 02/20/13
Thank you for sharing through your transparency God's hand in your life and also thank you for the focus of this devotional.
I have a tendency to see the glass half empty and your lovely entry reminds me to look for those love notes from God that are evident if we only pay attention!
A little pink ink :-}
Watch your sentence structure for run on thoughts.
Well done sweetest one!
lynn gipson 02/21/13
Congrats on placing number #8! You get better every time. Just keep writing and you will see a great change in yourself. I started much the way you did, and now once in a while I get to do a happy dance when I get a nod from the judges. Your work is excellent.

God BLess
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/21/13
Congratulations for placing 8th in your level! Happy Dance!!
Vince Martella02/22/13
I felt like I should tread lightly, as if I were in a sacred garden. So personal and honest. Very well done. Congrats.