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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Soul (07/13/06)

TITLE: Let your Soul shine
By Andrew Curtis


Psalms 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.

The dark apartment was suffocated by trash and dirty dishes. The darkness came not from the lack of sun, but due to the electricity being turned off. I hadn't paid the bill in over three months. It, as well as many other bills, got in the way of my drinking and drug use. So there I sat, in the dark apartment with nothing. I was unable to see a way out of my self inflicted torture.

My car was repossessed and I was in sever danger of losing my job. I didn't care, I just wanted another drink. Nothing else mattered to me. I would cry, but no tears would develop. My emotions had long since been drained. I was in pain. I was afraid to close my eyes because I didn't know what would happen when I opened them. I was scared to answer the phone or the door. I shook from lack of love for myself.

As I poured more alcohol into my body, I dropped to the floor sobbing. I couldn't take anymore. The cold prison I had put myself in was about to terminate me. Not even I wanted myself there anymore. I felt like a waste of space and time. I knew I was destined to become a statistic and die from this. Besides, it would be better than dragging along like I had been.

My soul ached. My mind screamed. My body was shutting down. I didn't know what to do. No one could help me. I couldn't stop drinking and no one could make me stop. I knew this but I needed help. I had nowhere to turn. Then I remembered, God can.

I got on my knees at the side of my bed and spoke an honest prayer, “God, please help me.” That was all I could say. I knelt there weeping. I could feel God wrap His mighty arms around me and comfort me. He knew what I needed, and what I needed was a soul makeover. I had been a prisoner of alcohol for so long, I had given it my soul; but God was not about to let it go. Not without a fight.

He came into my heart when I asked and He rescued me from the pit of earthly hell. It takes work, but today my soul belongs to my Lord Jesus Christ. Never do I want to go back to that dank and oppressive behavior I once chose. I have a way out and that way is God. He will let my soul shine, as long as I make sure he has it.

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Jan Ackerson 07/20/06
This is a very inspiring testimony, and I commend you for sharing it. Very moving.

From a writer's point of view, take a look at the number of sentences you have that begin with "I..." That's the challenge of writing in first person--finding new sentence structures.

You did a marvelous job of setting the scene, and connenting the darkeness of your apartment with the darkness of your soul. Good job!
Amy Nicholson07/20/06
I thought this was very well done. "Soul makeover"--liked that one. Loved the last line, too.
Virginia Gorg07/21/06
Very well done, thanks for sharing. Good testimony. (Check one word - sever - I think you meant "severe.")
Mishael Witty07/22/06
Thank you for sharing your testimony. I love hearing how God works in people's lives. You don't have to make sure of anything, though. Nothing you, or anyone else, can do will separate you from God's love - ever! (see Romans 8:38-39). God bless.