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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Shrewdness (03/07/05)

TITLE: The Silent Partner
By Cheri Hardaway


My mom was a simple woman, not given to pretension of any kind. Simple, however, did not mean ignorant. Try as I might to pull the wool over her eyes, Mama always knew. “Do you think I just fell off a turnip truck?” was one of her favorite expressions. Though it was unappreciated in my youth, I have since grown to respect Mama’s insight.

I couldn’t figure out how she always knew things – just what to do in an unexpected circumstance; the reason why I felt as I did when I didn’t know myself; or the exact thing I was trying to hide from her. Upon becoming a mom myself, I gained additional understanding of this particular attribute of motherhood. With the birth of each child, it seemed God made a deposit of discernment into my heart, tailor-made especially for that child.

My God-given mother’s heart, though quite reliable, was enhanced by a partnership I entered into as soon as I fully realized the enormity of my task in childrearing. Praying one day, I joined forces with a silent Partner. Dear Lord, Your word tells me there is nothing covered that will not be revealed and nothing hidden that will not be made known, so I am asking You to help me as a parent. You are everywhere when I cannot be, and You see everything that I cannot. Please be my eyes and ears. Help me know the hearts of my children. Help me hold them accountable and be there for them if they get in trouble. By the power of Your Spirit, teach me what I need to know. (Matthew 10:26, NKJV)

God faithfully answered. He made sure I was looking out the window when little Johnnie did what he had been told not to do. He had me pull up at the stop sign opposite my teenaged son who was skipping school. He clued me in about the hidden insecurities in my vivacious little Susie, and He revealed to me the iron will within my youngest daughter who disguised herself as a quiet and compliant little mouse. He taught me what to do about the things He showed me. Together, we got the job done.

The longer you live, the wiser you get. The wiser you become, the more you realize what you don’t know. Parents may be keen and sharp, but they need the help of One keener and sharper.

Caught red-handed while sneaking up the stairs with contraband, my son once exclaimed in frustration, “How do you always know everything?”

I smiled. I knew then, as I know now. And I know how Mama knew. We had a silent Partner!

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Leticia Caroccio03/14/05
I enjoyed your article. As a mom of two young teens, I, too, have enlisted the help of this silent partner. He is a gentleman. Gentleman know how to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done without intruding.

I particularly liked the line, "The wiser you become, the more you realize what you don't know". This was very good.
Chris Miller03/14/05
This is delightful. I love the silent partner. very good job.
Debbie OConnor03/14/05
You know I think this is great, but I wanted to tell you again publically. I'm so thankful for our silent partner!
Debbie OConnor03/14/05
Umm...that would be "publicly"...I was a bit distracted by my not-so-silent, four-year-old partner!
Sally Hanan03/15/05
This was fantastic, and proves that one does not need to write many words to give such a clear message.
Drew Scot03/15/05
Very good. There is good advice for the wife and husband in this.
Well written.
Thank you!
donna robinson03/16/05
What a great little insight piece to pass on to parents. The words just flowed so quickly with no words wasted. Just a great read and I think hit on this topic perfectly!
Phyllis Inniss03/17/05
Beautifully written article. When we rely on our Silent Partner, he gives us wisdom beyond what is envisaged and although like your mom, we may appear simple, we astonish not only our children but others as well with how God works in us.
Crista Darr03/17/05
What a wonderful reminder and encouragement to all parents! This is beautifully written.
Kathy Cartee03/18/05
Wonderful. I love the style. short and and to the point.
Excellent entry.


Crista Darr03/21/05
Wow Cheri Hardaway - You humbly did not mention first place!!!! Hooray! Looks like you move on up to advanced. How cool we both get published on the same challenge. Thank you Jesus!
Lois Jennison Tribble03/21/05
Beautiful, Cheri. A well-deserved win, and a word of wisdom and encouragement for Christian parents. We CANNOT do it alone! Congratulations!
Crista Darr03/21/05
oops- my last comment was supposed to be a private message.
Deborah Porter 03/21/05
Cheri, congratulations on this excellent win. Both 1st place in the Level 2 Champion Challenge, and 1st Place in the Editors' Choice Awards. Well done! So you know what this means don't you? Starting next quarter, it's time for you to move up to Level 3. You are most definitely ready for it. With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)