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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Minute(s) (as in time) (03/03/11)

TITLE: Take a Minute
By Lillian Rhoades
03/09/11


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Take a Minute




God knows when my thoughts are far from Him, and still He loves me. He loves me when the real me comes out from hiding. It’s then that I come face to face with grace.

Grace abounds when the door to my prayer closet remains closed, and when the door to the closet where I hang my hidden thoughts and deepest longings stay ajar. Too often, I spend wasted minutes in the latter. Grace abounds when I give a furtive glance in the wrong direction at failed dreams and disappointments.

Sometimes the quick glance lingers on my “wish” list and I forget how to praise from the empty place. Would I have Jesus more than anything? Today, I’m pushed towards the honest answer. I long for Him….and other things. My prayer lacks passion; my thoughts are fixed not on My Helper, but on the “helpless situation.” I fail to drink from the cup of grace so freely offered.

I forget that God hears when my heart says, “Ouch”; that He offers the #1 pain killer called Grace.

An echo rises within me.

My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in
your weakness
(2 Cor. 12:9).

And so I take a minute to ask for grace. He freely gives and forgives, without measure.


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Beth LaBuff 03/13/11
That minute you ask for grace makes all the difference! The verse you attached is perfect for this message.
Sunny Loomis 03/15/11
Good job. Grace covers everything. Thank you.
Bonnie Bowden03/15/11
Amen. Prayer is so crutial and yet I too am guilty of neglecting its importance in my life.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/15/11
This gets right to the point and I so get where you are coming from. Beautifully done.
Rachel Phelps03/15/11
Succinct and powerful. You didn't need more words. Well done.
Amanda Brogan03/16/11
"Would I have Jesus more than anything?" This part echoes my own heart's cry. Beautiful and honest piece! Every word is worth reading.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/17/11
Congratulations on placing 20th overall!