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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)

TITLE: Tears On My Keyboard
By C D Swanson


While researching a medical condition for a friend of mine, an advertisement popped up on the computer screen. The kind that partially covers your screen and moves. Being fully absorbed in the task at hand I closed the advertisement.

This happened an additional three times. Exasperated, I shut the computer down. My plan being I will return later.

I took my precious dog for a ride to the drive-through pharmacy. My little guy loves the air on his adorable face (what dog doesn't?). However, the greatest thrill is the treat the pharmacist always gives him at the window.

Success. No lines, and my order was ready. Plus, Max got his Milk-Bone! After a quick stop for gas we were home within fifteen minutes.

I immediately went to the computer upon entering the house. Fully determined to get the information for my dear friend. Within minutes of being deep into the research an advertisement popped up.

Once again, it was the kind that partially covers the screen. This time it happened five times within five minutes! For those of you not counting that's one advertisement per minute.

Never really looking at the advertisement, nor reading it. I finally did. It was the same one that appeared over and over. The ad ripped through my heart. There was a picture of a small child with a bewildered look on her pretty face. I put the child's age around five or six. She was standing with a pink top and blue skirt. Her feet were in brown sandals. The caption read, "Do you have compassion in your heart like Jesus? If so, please help spread His gospel through our mission. Open your hearts."

I clicked on the picture and fell in love with this child in need of a sponsor. She was located in Ethiopia and an only child. Her mother worked occasionally as a laborer in the fields. The child was six. Her father died. It was just the two of them.

While looking at this little angel another picture popped up of a little boy. He was so handsome. He was standing with a white shirt and black pants. His feet in brown sandals. His smile framed by two deeply etched dimples. His eyes twinkled with mischief and delight. My heartstrings,for the second time in two minutes were being played.

He was located in Tanzania. He's going to be eleven years old in December. He has two parents. His father,works when he can, as a laborer. The mother grabs work where she can. He has siblings. He is one of four. "Do you have compassion in your heart like Jesus? If so, please help spread His gospel through our mission. Open your hearts."

There is no understanding beyond God. He brings us to where we need to be,in His time, and according to His plans.

Philippians 4:7...and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

I knew Jesus led me to this very place. I signed up to be the sponsor for both of these children. There are no accidents with God. He wanted this.

Warmth and an overwhelming peace settled over me. Tears formed in my eyes and dropped onto the keyboard.

I understand that the Lord wanted me to help these children. He placed
the hunger in my heart and did it in a gentle and loving way. Especially with the continuous advertisements popping up every minute. What was at first an annoyance was God trying to get my attention.

Out of our hearts all life flows.
We need to be diligent in matters of the heart...but our love never should cease. In fact it more than likely should increase.

With each act of love to others we are loving Christ in depth. And, I want to please Him and become more like Him each day. As we all do.

My husband was beyond thrilled when he came home and I told him what had transpired. We wrote our sponsor children our first of many letters that night. They are both attending Bible classes and are doing exceedingly well in the program. They are learning about Jesus and His compassion. And, I pray that they will walk in His light now and always.

Note: This is a true story that happened two months ago.

"...for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.."
25:35-36 Matthew (NKJV)

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 25:40 Matthew (NKJV)

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. Proverbs 21:2 (NKJV)

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/15/12
This is a great story. I have no doubt that God was at work in your heart. It makes me wonder how many times we do ignore that nudging and miss out on something spectacular that the lord has in mind for us.
Dannie Hawley 06/16/12
Isn't it wonderful how God loves us enough to persevere? He wants us to have the joy of obedience. Thanks for this touching story.
Laura Manley06/22/12
This story truly touched my heart. If only more of us were open to God's guidance on a daily basis. It was wonderful to see your obedience to the Lord and how these children I'm sure are truly blessed because of that day that you opened your heart. God bless you.