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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)

TITLE: Dear God...
By Denise Trujillo
05/14/08


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Dear God,

Please help me. Jeff and I have been fighting so much lately. Our fights are primarily the result of his overbearing mother, Jane. She is constantly calling our house or coming over. When she comes over, she pushes me aside and attempts to be the woman of the home—I don’t think so! I plead with Jeff to tell her something, but he does not want to get involved. I need your help Lord. Please help Jeff to see what his mother is doing to us and help him to stand up for me. Also, please let Jane realize she is intruding in our marriage and instruct her take a step (or several steps) back.

Losing at tug-of-war,

Susan


Dear God,

I need your help. Susan and I are at it again. I just don’t understand, Susan and my mother refuse to get along. This has put me in a very stressful position. I love my mother; she has done everything for me all my life. She is an amazing woman and I would do anything for her. The last thing I want to do is hurt her. However, I also love Susan immensely. Susan is my wife and I also want to make her happy. Although I believe Susan is overreacting about my mother, I do think my mother is intruding just a little bit. But, it is only because she loves me so much and wants the best for me. Lord, help the two women in my life to get along. Guide me in what I should do and say to each of them.

Stuck in the middle,

Jeff



Dear God,

Daughter-in-laws! I really need your help with this one Lord. The day Susan
and Jeff got married, she has had it in for me. She has been trying to take my precious little boy from me and it tears me apart. I try my hardest to get along with her, but she is so mean to me. I just don’t understand why she does not appreciate all the things I do for them. When I go to their house, I make them dinner, I do their dishes and put the dishes away—where I believe they belong, of course. Personally, I think Jane is a little controlling. I do love my son deeply and want him to be happy. But, I will refuse to allow Jane take me out of his life.

Not letting her take him,

Jane




Dear Susan,

“… live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. (1Pet 3:8)

Love,

God





Dear Jeff,

“… a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (Gen 2:24)

Love,

God




Dear Jane,

“Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." (Mark 10:9)

Love,

God


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LauraLee Shaw05/15/08
I like this format a lot! Very powerful. I love the way you address all parties involved, remembering each one is a person loved by God. Great message for all. Well done.
Holly Westefeld05/16/08
I really like your approach. These are such common problems, and a little grace goes a long way, especially if all three are praying.

I did, however, find the last reference to be somewhat out of context, unless you intended God to suggest that if Jane continues on her present course that divorce might occur.
Joanne Sher 05/23/08
Congratulations, Denise, on placing 14th in your level and 37th overall. Great job!