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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Charade (08/14/08)

TITLE: A Picture of Confidence
By LaNaye Perkins


Audra was sitting in her pew. To those looking at her, she seemed poised and in complete control. Her hair was neatly in place, her clothing clean and crisp, although out of style. Her heart raced as she knew she’d be asked to sing this morning. She already knew the song, too. The fact that she was feeling such an attack against her ability to sing was evidence that the Lord intended to bless someone with her song. Silently, she sat in her pew and prayed for the Lord to anoint her abundantly with His Spirit. She asked that everything she did would glorify Him.

The demons of Doubt and Fear flew stealthily around her, their evil talons piercing her mind and gripping her heart. They delighted in tormenting of her. All the while, angels from the Lord of Hosts stood at the ready, anxiously waiting for their commands. When the appointed time came, they would reveal their presence and send the foul ones back to their sulfurous domain.

The preacher’s wife approached Audra and quietly asked, “Miss Audra, I woke up this morning hearing you singing The King Is Coming. Would you please sing it for me today?”

“Of course I will, Nelly. I would be honored to sing that song. It is one of my favorites too.”

Audra sought the presence of the Lord as she silently continued in prayer and asked for Him to be glorified through her. She pleaded for His Spirit to flow through all that she did. At the same time, Fear and Doubt were trying hard to steal her courage and make her question the gift she’d been given. She felt her breath was being choked out of her and her heart beat furiously as she fought to hold her composure.

The services began and the choir lead the parishioners in song. Each hymn glorified the King of Kings.
Fear and Doubt began to get nervous as they sensed the presence of God’s Holy Angels. Although they could not see them, yet.

The choir director motioned that it was time. Audra stood on shaking legs, feeling the knot tighten in her stomach as she walked slowly to the piano. Fear had his boney hand gripping tightly around her throat, while Doubt clung to her back, digging his talons into her mind. Everyone watched as she closed her eyes and bowed her head slightly before she signaled the pianist to begin. Fear and Doubt struggled violently to maintain their hold. However, in spite of their efforts, Audra pushed past their hindrances.

Whispering quietly to herself she said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, then she opened her mouth to begin. God’s anointing poured from her spirit through the song. With a blinding flash of light, the hidden host of angels revealed themselves to Fear and Doubt. In short order, golden swords sent the demons back to their abyss.

To those who watched, Audra was the picture of complete confidence. Only she and her unseen helpers knew the battle that had raged only moments before. Most would never know or understand the price she willingly paid in order to minister to them.

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Laury Hubrich 08/21/08
This woman was the picture of confidence. This was good at reminding us that all just isn't what it seems to be. I enjoyed reading your entry!
Jan Ackerson 08/22/08
Good peek at behind-the-scenes spiritual warfare!
Cheri Hardaway 08/25/08
This reminded me of something that Frank Peretti would write. Excellent descriptions. Blessings, Cheri
Joanney Uthe08/26/08
A great twist on the forces behind some of our charades. Great job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/27/08
I love the unseen angels you showed, revealing God's power over demons. I loved also your mc's desire to use her gift to bless others. Very good story.
Marlene Austin08/27/08
Well written description of the turmoil your MC faced. Clear to the reader and right on target. :)
Betty Castleberry08/27/08
Love the personification you've used. This was a good read that made me think. Well done.
Catrina Bradley 08/28/08
Very strong writing - I truly enjoyed your entry!