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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)

TITLE: Can I Get a Break?
By Kristi Huseby


Can I just get a break? I need a holiday, a vacation, an escape Ė any of those would do Iím not really picky! Iíd even settle for just being able to put my head in the sand and let the world go by for a few days.

My life is just so crammed with stuff that continually calls my attention. There are the kids that need help with their homework, driven to soccer practice, picked up from gymnastics, dropped off at friends and taken to the doctor! There is the job that never seems to be left at work. It sneaks into my car and forcefully makes its way into my home. Then there is the house; the never-ending mounds of laundry, dirty bathrooms, stacks and stacks of dishes, and weeds in the flower beds that threaten to take over even the hardiest plants. There are friends and relatives that want my attention, neighbors, people in need and on and on the list goes. Could I just scream, pull out my hair and find the nearest closet to hide in for a while?

And then there is God. . .

He is constantly at work in my life; poking, prodding, re-shaping, and changing my life. Some of the time Iím content to let Him do His work in me but really after a while it gets a little laborious. Iím tired of being thrown out of my comfort zone! I feel like a cancer patient who is constantly poked with needles, prodded in places that I donít want to be prodded and examined to the nth degree. Sometimes, I just want a break for a while, a sabbatical if you will from God. Could I just stay where I am for a while and not change?

I think summer would be the perfect time to take a break from God. My Bible studies have ended, the kids are out of school and my schedule is thrown out the window. I will be FREE. Itís not like it will be forever. Iíll just do it for the summer and then when school starts up again Iíll be ready for God to begin His work in me again.

But I hear Him whisper, ďMy child, you will never just stay where you are. You are either moving toward Me or away from Me.Ē

And then I remember a verse in Proverbs 24 that says , "A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easyódo you know what comes next? Then (spiritual) poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber!" (Proverbs 24:33-34 Message, NLV)

Do I really want that Ė spiritual poverty? I can already see myself completely bankrupt, sitting in a pool of self-pity and despair . Iíve been there before and I KNOW I donít want to experience that again. What was I thinking? How foolish I have been!

Lord, Iím sorry. I have been a fool BUT what grace You have extended to me in spite of everything! Teach me to love you with all my mind, my heart and my soul and never, never let me take a holiday from You!

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C D Swanson 04/12/12
Wonderful job of expressing the MC's anguish and yearning to be "a better child of God" Nicely done.

Thank you. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/12/12
I really enjoyed this. I think it took a lot of courage to announce that sometimes you want a vacation from God. But in only being honest with ourselves can we grow. It's funny because now that spring is approaching, I've noticed the bible studies and women's church meetings are getting ready to take a break until fall. i'm at a point in my life where I desperately need that Bible study during the summer months. I really liked how you expressed yourself. It helped me be able to vocalize some of my thoughts and fears.
Genia Gilbert04/12/12
Very honest, down to earth, and great writing. Thanks especially for the heavenly perspective at the end.
Leola Ogle 04/13/12
Oh, how I loved this! How many times I've felt like this - so many people and things clamoring for my attention and in the midst, God continually working on me!Now I'm older and retired and miss it somehow. (go figure - lol) But God never stops working on us and for that, I'm grateful! God bless!
Joe Moreland04/15/12
Somebody used the word "courage" in an earlier comment. I think that hits it right on the head. As Christians we are all so often afraid to admit our own faults and those moments where we are tempted to turn our backs on God. But if we are completely honest, they probably happen daily or hourly even, not seasonally or annually. It's the honesty that makes this entry so refreshing and compelling. And what saves our mc in the end? The word of God, of course. Great job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/19/12
Congratulations for ranking 8th in level three!