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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: rain (10/17/05)

TITLE: When It Pours, God Reigns
By Dixie Phillips
10/22/05


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A sudden flash of lightening lit up the dark sky. Nebulous clouds hung low, as the thunderclouds clapped. I peered out the window and watched the rain cascading down in sheets. The stormy weather mirrored the gale that raged in my soul. Haunted by years of past hurts, the accuser of the brethren mocked me. Falling on my face I cry, “Jesus, help me.”

“Forgive and you shall be forgiven.”

A bitter memory taunts me. I wail, “They should ask “my” forgiveness. I didn’t do anything wrong. It’s “them” not me. Can’t You see. It’s their fault not mine.”

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

A sweet presence sweeps over my being. I know He is in the midst. A holy stillness envelops my restless spirit, as His loving arms embrace me. Suddenly, it doesn’t matter who wounded me. All that matters is that I please my Master. I stop resisting and fully surrender.

“Peace be still.”

A peace that passes all understanding grips my soul. My circumstances haven’t changed yet inwardly I am not the same. This time He didn’t calmed the storm, but this time He calmed me.

“Be filled with My Spirit.”

I delight in His presence and realized a special truth about the Holy Spirit. When It pours, God reigns.

Suddenly a sunbeam splashed its ray on my tear-stained face. Looking up I see a beautiful rainbow. I whisper, “Thank you, Lord, for helping me trace a rainbow through the rain.”


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Lori Othouse 10/25/05
Very nice. The title is great - something we should all keep foremost in our minds! God bless!
Phyllis Inniss 10/26/05
He shows us the way when we turn to Him and He sends the rainbow as His promise. Nice entry.
Jan Ackerson 10/26/05
This is a lovely memoir of your passage into victory. You went back and forth from past to present tense; present tense would work very nicely in this type of piece. A few edits, and this will be an excellent devotional.
Garnet Miller 10/28/05
When we pray for God's help, even if His answer is "Not yet" or "No" something happens in us, that makes us end our prayers with "Thy will be done Lord." Whether we get what we've asked for or not, we now only want to please God. Thanks for sharing this piece:)
Amy Michelle Wiley 10/28/05
Good message!
Suzanne R11/03/05
Your choice of words is like art. I especially love the sentence, "A holy stillness envelops my restless spirit, as His loving arms embrace me." And the way you end with the rainbow as you trust in God. Beautiful!