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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: From Orphan to Princess
By Angela Ranson


June 10, 2005

Personally, I think that a "Thoughts Journal" is a ridiculous assignment for a university English course, even if it is Summer Session. I also resent your first suggested topic: fathers. I don't have a father. Thanks for bringing up a very painful topic. And it's worse because little Miss Happy sitting next to me has a great father. He helped her get the money to come to school; he gave her a great place to stay. She says that she gets to talk to him every day. Must be nice. My father left my mother and I when I was eight. Why? For some busty blonde who didn't like kids. I never saw him again.

June 15, 2005

I've been talking to little Miss Happy, since you made her my peer tutor. She says her name is Sarah, which means princess. She's all cute and sweet and nice. Someone like her probably grew up being told that she was "Daddy's Little Princess." I said that to her and she went all red, but then she laughed and said she was her father's princess. I wonder what that would be like. I'm "Daddy's Little Throwaway." Mom loved me, but she died two years ago. Now I'm nobody's.

June 17, 2005

Sarah had a lot of good things to say about your last topic (abuse). She's just chock full of statistics about how many kids are abused and how. She even knows how often alcohol is a factor and what happens when kids are removed from abusive homes. She's a little obsessed with religion, though. Says she's been a Christian for ten years. Since she's only 24, I find that hard to believe. And she's always trying to tell me about it. She found out that I'm an orphan and told me how I could be part of God's family. She made it sound like God was a real person, someone who loved me and actually cared about me. Sounds like a fairy tale - and my mother always said, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

June 19, 2005

It's Father's Day, and I'm glad to tell you that I'm celebrating it this year. It turns out I do have a father.

Sarah and I met at lunch in the coffee shop on campus. I was really depressed because I hate Father's Day. She said she knew what I meant; Father's Day was hard on her too as a kid. I thought that was hilarious. A great dad like she's got and she didn't like Father's Day? Then she told me that her father was physically and verbally abusive. He would hit her and her sisters and punish them cruelly for little things. She ran away when she was twelve, and ended up in a Christian shelter two years later. That's when she found out that God loved her - her, individually, and had sent his Son to die for her sins. God actually cared about her as a person, and loved her. He promised to be her Father, and protect and help her like her biological father was supposed to do. That's why she laughed when that she said that thing about being "Daddy's little princess". She feels like she is a princess - a King's Daughter - but it certainly wasn't because of her father. It was because of her Father God.

As I listened to her, I wanted to be a King's Daughter too. I longed for the same sense of security and belonging that she feels. So she told me how. It was a simple prayer of acceptance, asking God to take charge of my life. And now I feel so wonderful.

Tomorrow's journal topic is "Joy". I can't wait to write that one.

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Shari Armstrong 06/13/05
A very creative approach and well done.
Leslie Lamb06/13/05
A unique presentation style with a twist in the story. I like it!
Sally Hanan06/13/05
I like how you went from judgements to disbelief to semi-interest and then acceptance.
Tesiri Moweta06/14/05
I love this - Daddy's little princess.A somewhat unique approach. Thanks for sharing.
Phyllis Inniss06/15/05
So totally different and enjoyable. You were a princess all the time without knowing it. Well done.
dub W06/15/05
Wow, what a great article and way to present it. Thanks.
Anthony Tophoney06/15/05
Layers of creativity here. Favorite line: "Sarah, which means princess." Great treatment of the topic!
darlene hight06/15/05
Loved your approach to the topic. Very creative and fun to read.
Kyle Chezum06/15/05
Very good! I liked the idea of the journal topics. Could this be a winner?
vicki mccollum06/16/05
The message in your article is so good that I recommended it for someone to read, someone who I think really needs to discover she is a Princess, too. Your writing is already a blessing.
Linda Watson Owen06/16/05
The attitude of the character seemed very realistic and believable. Good job!
Suzanne R06/19/05
I love the approach you've taken! Well done!
Debbie OConnor06/20/05
This was among my favorite entries this week. Great work. I love the change in the journaler as she gets to know "little Miss Happy" and comes to understand who her great Father really is. Awesome job.