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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: A Calm Heart
By Beth Muehlhausen
04/27/07


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A Calm Heart

Sometimes when the wind stills to calm the surface of the lake, Iím overcome with confidence: I can swim forever. The first five minutes of a distance swim can be challenging, but with good conditions my breathing steadies and matches the gait of my strokes and Ö Iím unstoppable.

God authors a similar inner calm - an environment offering practical insights for the long haul - when I ask Him for wisdom and then believe whole-heartedly He will deliver it. Because of this gift, I can be energized and enabled to operate as a whole, functional person.

When the lake froths with white caps, I donít even consider marathon swims. Waves push and shove my body off balance, water stings my sinuses, and I tire almost immediately. Bad conditions spell failure.

In similar manner, I may choose unwisely to be crippled by doubt. In such a situation I thrash inwardly as a flighty, fractured soul tossed by opinions rather than truth.

Lord, I want my faith in You to be active rather than passive, so I ask You for enabling wisdom. Alleviate doubts that only waste time and effort. I want to achieve Your purpose, which requires Your insight. Thank you for promising to share Your wisdom generously. In Jesusí name, amen.

ďIf any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.Ē James 1:5-8


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Joanne Sher 05/03/07
Great analogy and a wonderful message. I must say the varying type styles were somewhat distracting to me. I know why you did it, but, for whatever reason, in a piece as short as this, it seemed a bit too much - just my opinion, though, of course! Thank you for this.
Jacquelyn Horne05/04/07
Good comparison. Jesus needs to calm the storm in our hearts and lives so we can live more fruitfully for him.
Mo 05/04/07
I really liked this. Thank you.
valerie chambers05/06/07
I really liked the analogy as well.I think it needed what you gave it to get the point across,as well you did.
Myrna Noyes05/07/07
Ahhhhhhhhh, yes! A calm heart is what I desire! Your devotional reminds me that it is my choice if I enjoy peace or not! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)