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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: At Witís End (02/13/14)

TITLE: Jesus Helps Me Remember
By LaVonne Wood
02/18/14


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With the evening meal over, I was ready for a nice hot shower and some relaxing time in my comfy nightclothes and robe. My husband reminded me just five minutes ago to remember to take a new bottle of shampoo with me because he had used the last of the old one. With nightclothes in hand, I grabbed the ketchup bottle and headed to the bathroom.

Ketchup bottle! Why in the world did I bring that thing up here? I meant to put it in the frig on my way, but forgot. I forgot the new bottle of shampoo also. Thatís it! Iím declaring war! This forgetfulness has to stop.

It all started, Iíd say, about two years ago. I would go to the grocery store wanting to get three measly items. Iíd pick up two things, and then proceed to scan the entire store, hoping some item might trigger my memory as to what the third thing might be. I would joke about it to the store clerk at the checkout so she would know I would be back later that day to pick up the something I forgot as soon as I remembered what it was.

I started making lists as suggested by friends. Invariably I would forget to take the list with me, or just forget to look at it. Unfortunately, shopping lists werenít the only thing I managed to forget. I would forget to turn the burner off on the stove. I would forget to turn on the water for the portable dishwasher at work. Iíd forget to make my husband his lunch. Iíve done everything I can think of to help me remember; put things right next to the door so I would see them when I leave, write myself notes, (I have little notes everywhere), use association words that could remind me. Why canít I remember?

I rehearsed all the age-old excuses in my mind. Youíre just trying to do too many things at once. You have too many things on your mind. Itís just a natural part of growing older. Promptly the enemy would seize the opportunity to instill some fear into my mind by throwing in a few thoughts as well Ė itís just the beginnings of Alzheimerís or dementia.

Well, Iím not putting up with this any longer! Iím at my witís end with this forgetfulness! I have the mind of Christ and Iíd better start using it!

****

Although I have made light of my forgetfulness, I believe that we need to use the Word of God to fight the battles of our mind and the deceitful ways the devil tries to take control of our thoughts. Here are some Scriptures to help us fight this battle:

I Cor. 2:16 b (KJV) But we have the mind of Christ.

II Cor.10:5 (KJV) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

James 4:7 b. (KJV) Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.


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Toni Hammer 02/20/14
Really fascinating angle on taking control of our thoughts. I enjoyed this thoroughly. I'll also be praying for your mind to be sound and hold only thoughts of our Lord.
Camille (C D) Swanson 02/22/14
Well written story with a great message to give it all to "Jesus" who strengthens us and who will help us deflect all negativity.

My prayers are with you.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/24/14
I totally enjoyed this. I'm glad you realized the ketchup wasn't shampoo before pouring it on your head. You made me laugh and nod my head with agreement. Oh I can relate.

The only red ink I have is so tiny it's almost not worth mentioning, but--first, em dashes should not have a space on either side--like this. The other is use exclamation marks sparingly. You have an outstanding way of allowing your words to do your exclaiming for you so you really don't need them at all in this piece.

Your ending was outstanding. I didn't see it coming and it literally took my breath away for a second. You really packed a wallop with that last line. Because of your delightful sense of humor, it was unexpected so when it sank in, it was so powerful. I am definitely going to remember that the next time I start to beat myself up. This was a delightful read and you totally touched my heart with your brilliant words.