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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: Sunday Musings
By Sharon Henderson
02/20/08


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Musings outside of a churchÖ

I cannot believe that choir director didnít pick me for the lead in this yearís Easter cantata. I nailed that audition. He knows that I am absolutely the best vocalist in the church.

My child, I gave you that voice and I do want you to use it for My glory. However, you are not the only child of Mine that can sing. Share the spotlight this time.

Well, if they donít want me as lead, then they wonít get me at all! Iíll just sit out this yearís cantata. Letís see who carries the section without me.

Continued musings at homeÖ

Iím starving. Hot fudge, vanilla ice cream, chopped nuts, bowl. Can you believe that my loving husband called me fat this morning? Well, he didnít actually say Ďfatí. He simply said I need to Ďwatch my healthí since momma and granny both have diabetes.

My child, I gave you your husband to lead and protect you. I gave him wisdom to guide you. Listen to him. Iím not quite ready to let you come up here with Me yet.

Well, Iím going to eat what I want, when I want it. Iím not any fatter than the next person.

Final musings after the church business meeting that nightÖ

Who runs this church anyway? For years now, we have given over and above the tithe when most people that sit around me put in a measly five to ten dollars. I was church treasurer for years and I know that we are among the top ten percent of givers here. And now, I suggest that we build a tea room for ladies to gather during the week and they tell me itís not in the master plan? Believe me when I say, ĎIíve already paid for it three times over.í Who do they think they are?

My child, you gave that money to Me, for My purpose. It was not a deposit for your future ideas. You stick with obedience in giving and leave the direction for spending up to My leading. I have better plans for using your gifts than you can ever imagine. No matter what you do or how you feel, I will get My plans accomplished.

Well, Iím going to keep my money until they understand just who they are dealing with. Once they start missing my contribution, theyíll come around.

***
Then God smiled from heaven and mused Himself. ďI think itís time for a case of laryngitis, upset stomach, and financial challenges.Ē


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Kristen Hester02/21/08
Ouch! Great message. When we allow bitterness and spitefullness to enter our hearts, we are mostly hurting ourselves. Very well written and powerful entry. Congrats and good job. Blessings!
Seema Bagai 02/22/08
To the point and well-written. I liked how you structured this piece.
Beth LaBuff 02/22/08
Ah...VERY clever! I love the musings of God... You've so perfectly written down some of our petty grievances and how God can give use these things to really cause us to think. Your touch of humor is perfect in this. Thank you for making me smile.
Jan Ackerson 02/24/08
I definitely love the voice of this, and the irony.

I'm no theologian, but I'm not sure that I believe that God intentionally brings bad things to His children. That bothered me a little bit. Like I said, I really don't know...maybe you'll PM me with your thoughts on this?

The entry is deftly written, short and with a real bite. Very good!
Debbie Wistrom02/26/08
So good on many levels, this was a joy to read.
Holly Westefeld02/26/08
A most interesting perspective.
While this may or may not fall under the principal of sowing and reaping, or losing the seed because one did not sow it, we are certainly told that we will be accountable if we bury what God has given us to use for His glory.
Shirley McClay 02/27/08
OOOH Nice one! I do believe God does this sort of thing to get our attention and redirect our thinking! LOL Nicely done.
Sara Harricharan 02/27/08
ROFL! I'm laughing out loud here. the ending, that's just funny and I couldn't help how it seemed to sum up the arrogant MC and I have a feeling if there's a part 2, it'll be even better! I loved how you singled out the 'Musings' and put them in bold and the Spirit's whisper in italics, it really helped to keep all the thoughts straight. Nice work! ^_^
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/27/08
I enjoyed this and the ending was just right. You and I used a similar thought in our entries this week...Great Minds?