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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Shhh. (02/18/10)

TITLE: Those Pesky Interruptions
By Carol Penhorwood
02/23/10


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Lord Jesus, there are so many I bring before Your throne today, so many needs. Several are suffering with physical illnesses and pain that need Your touch. I lift Mariane, Don's Carol, Laurie, Debby, Jeanne, Judy...

Need to figure out what to have for dinner...

And Ruth's aunt and son need Your attention, Lord. Comfort Mid who has lost loved ones...

Better put in a load of laundry...

And heal the brokenhearted among us, Lord. Those afraid to love, afraid to hurt again. Raise up encouragers, comforters in Your army...

Forgot to pay that utility bill!

Bring friends to the friendless, and courage to those weak of heart. It is hard to live in this world, Lord. We so long for our heavenly home.

Gotta remember to make that doctor's appointment.

I pray that my husband will find favor in the eyes of his employers. This is a rough economy and at his age it would be very difficult to find another job. I pray this for our children as well.

Need to make that haircut appointment too.

I thank You for our children and their husbands, truly treasures from Your hand. I ask for Your wisdom and blessing on each one. May each draw ever closer to Your loving heart. I place each of our grandchildren in Your arms. Wrap them in Your love, protect with Your care, and lead them each to Your salvation. I thank you for the blessing of each one You have given us—gifts from Your hand.

For the lost, the lonely, the discouraged, the hopeless, those who do not know You, my Father, I ask that even now Your Holy Spirit would be tenderly speaking to each heart drawing them, ever drawing them, into Your loving arms, Your place of tender refuge. What a hard world this can be, Jesus, and so many are hungry, longing for something more in their lives, and don't know where to turn. Shine Your light of love leading the way to You. Let me be worthy to be one of Your candles.

I have to write...

”Shh! Enough already! Can't you see I'm praying here?”


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/25/10
A very nice story I liked the ending. The funny thing is even the small seemingly unimportant stuff is important to Jesus if it is important to us. What a wonderful God. Good job.
Philippa Geaney 02/27/10
Every stage in life has its distractions hey! It is great that God is sooo understanding. And gentle. And helpful.
c clemons03/03/10
This was really good, I've been there myself. Very good job!
Lisa Johnson 03/04/10
Boy...how many times have I had to apologize to God for allowing my thoughts to wander while I am supposed to be praying... I could really relate to this story. Thanks for sharing... and congratulations on the "highly commended" placement.
Beth LaBuff 03/04/10
Carol, this is such a beautiful and uplifting message of daily communion with the Lord. It's wonderful to see the "highly commended" by this! Super congrats!
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/04/10
Congratulations on recognition for this wonderful entry, Carol. It really struck a chord in my heart. So much of it sounded like one of my prayers...as well as the interruptions. You fashioned it so well. I imagine all who read it had some identity with it. Greatb job!
Joanney Uthe03/04/10
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. I love this very realistic entry, especially the recognition of where these distractions are coming from as expressed in the last sentence. Congratulations on the well deserved recognition.
Donald Mehl03/04/10
Well done, Carol...very creative! Praise God! He can sort through our stray thoughts as we bow before Him with tearful prayers for the needs of others. Shhh! Wait...it is no secret what God can do!

Mariane Holbrook03/04/10
Since there aren't very many people who spell their name like I do, I kinda, sorta, maybe, perhaps saw myself in your entry. The thing is, even though we've been friends only a short time, when you say you will pray for something or someone, we can count on it! It's not one of those "If I think of it, I'll pray about it," prayers but rather a "I am concerned enough that I will MAKE the time and I won't stop praying until God tells me to." What a lovely entry. And a well-deserved win!
Deborah Ann Belka03/04/10
Congratulation my friend! The Lord has greatly blessed me with your friendship. I love you Carol and I know He has so many more wonderful stories for you to tell. Looking forward to every one. Debby
Ruth Stromquist03/04/10
Love the way you portrayed our battle between "flesh" and "Spirit" in prayer. And I'm glad my mind isn't the only one that does that. :-) Great writing!