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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

By Diane Moore



Life is not always fair; we donít always make the right choices. We have to suffer the consequences of the bad choices we have made, learn from them and continue.
Growing up with a mother who was ill with a brain tumor and a father who had more than he could handle with a sick wife, bills and 8 kids to raise, I missed out on a lot. I didnít have a mom who came to my school plays, my band recitals and other activities. My Mom didnít teach me to cook or to sew or even how to be a wife and mother. She wasnít there when my children were born; she wasnít there when my first marriage fell apart.
Some of the choices I have made in life led me on the road of heartache and lost dreams. I have had to suffer the consequences of my decisions. I got married at 15 to a man that was not right for me, after 11 Ĺ yrs we divorced. I made the choice to leave home because I thought it would be better out in the world. I had my 1st child at the age of 17 and my 2nd child at the age of 20.While other girls were going to proms and parties; I was a wife and mother taking care of a home, a husband and a new baby. Gone were the girlish dreams of a big wedding and finding my prince charming.
As I got older lifeís lessons were different and harder to learn. I couldnít think only of myself any more, I had a family and their needs came first. Learning how to be a mother when I was still a teenager, how to be a wife away from home and living in another state. How to handle fears and rejections without my Momís advice and struggling through a bad marriage and then a divorce.
Through all of this God was with me every step of the way. I was saved and learned to live with His love and guidance. Even through the times when I turned my back on Him, He never left me alone. He had plans and still has plans for me. I may have had to detour and back track but He always leads me back.
I became much stronger through the trials. I learned to stumble and how to get back on my feet. I became a better mother and a better person. I learned to like who I am and to enjoy life; that I donít have to be perfect all of the time and that I am loved.
Through all of the bad decisions and choices I made and the things I had to go through, my life is far richer because of them. I would not have my two wonderful children and my two beautiful grandchildren. I am a part of those trials and rough times; it is what made me the person I am today. I would not have God in my life the way I do now. I would not be able to share with others and to help them through their trials. Most important, I would not be who I am today and you know, thatís a pretty good thing.

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Shirley McClay 03/07/08
Thank you for sharing from your heart! This could not have been easy to write. So glad you chose to grow from the hard things and bad decisions, instead of choosing to blame God and rebel... good for you!
LauraLee Shaw03/07/08
This is a powerful testimony, and I know it will minister to many hurting people.