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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Example (07/25/13)

TITLE: Perfect Example
By lynn gipson
07/29/13


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I am a perfect example of a miracle, I am. It was not so long ago that I was a perfect example of an anxiety attack. Driven by a thousand forms of fear, I made more than a few wrong turns on the back road of life that often led me to Hell's door. Broken hearts, broken relationships, nightmares, and terror pretty much summed up my life.

Until a few years ago, I did what many people do when they are afraid, I ran. I sprinted hard and fast from life, love, and chances at happiness. There were short periods in my life in which happiness was handed to me, and I was so terrified at the feeling I could not leave fast enough.

When I was four years old, I was brutally assaulted by a caregiver. I tried to flee from my attacker but was overcome. As I look back, I realize it was at that point my need to run away from things manifested itself and did not cease until four years ago when I hit a brick wall. Seizures from a potentially deadly brain tumor stopped me in my tracks.

While I was in the hospital recuperating from brain surgery that left me unable to talk coherently or use my right arm and leg, the doctors discovered stage four cancer in my colon that had spread to my uterus. They announced this news to me along with the diagnosis that even with major surgery my time on earth would be very limited.

Where does one run from death? Suddenly I was still. It was in that stillness that Christ came to me in the middle of the night with a quiet, reassuring voice telling me not to worry, and I knew it to be the voice of God.

Following the next surgery and during a lonely month's stay in the hospital, I came to know God. Every night I would lie awake in the dark quietly breathing His presence and feeling His omnipotent love. By the comfort of His warmth, I began to heal in those precious night hours when peace enveloped me.

Opening my heart and soul to Christ on those many nights, I begged His forgiveness for a sorrowful life. It seemed imperative to cleanse my soul because I wanted to go to a better place than this world if God decided it was my time. Perfect peace was made with my Maker, and I was reborn.

I spent the next two years in various stages of cancer treatment, all the while thinking I was going to die soon. Then, a miracle! My cancer was in remission. Hallelujah! God had spoken. It was not my time.

Four and a half years have passed since my first surgery. In this past year, there have been three flare-ups with small tumors in some scar tissue, but they were quickly taken care of with minor surgery and radiation.

The use of my right arm and leg came back soon after the second surgery, and my brain caught up with my tongue a few months later. The most amazing thing is that God has given me the ability and strong desire to become something I have always wanted to be, a writer.

Only God knows what my future will be, but it holds no fear for me. My life is in His hands. My heart is ready to accept whatever His will is for me. Happiness is mine these days, and as for my illness, I would go through it all again in order to be the person I am today. A person who lives in peace. A person who knows Jesus.

Writing about my experience with cancer is something I do often to share with the world what a perfect example of God's works and wonders my life has been. Still mystified that He would save a wretch like me, I write to reach others with my message of faith and hope. Christ healed me; he can heal anyone.

I am a perfect example of a miracle.


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Ellen Carr 08/02/13
Thank you for telling your story of God's miracles in your life. It's inspiring to read this. As for constructive criticism - the only suggestion I'd make is that you leave the last 'I am' off the first sentence. Otherwise, very good indeed.
Colin Swann08/02/13
This is absolutely precious -God is wonderful! Thanks for sharing this.
Sheldon Bass 08/02/13
Praise God for the purpose He so clearly has for what you've been through. It's difficult to comfort others, telling them of God's power, comfort and peace if we've never been in the furnace of hardship, suffering or even persecution. You have a powerful testimony and I know God is using it for His glory. Keep writing about what He's done for and in you. Isn't it awesome to know that God is speaking to others through your writing?! Great job!
Vince Martella08/03/13
Wow, amazing testimony of God's grace and power! I am truly touched to read the brave and inspiring battle you have fought, and I have no doubt this will be an inspiration to others as well. Thanks for sharing.
Genia Gilbert08/03/13
I love your honesty and openness. You also have a wonderful ability to express yourself in written words. Great entry! Thanks for sharing this so freely and so well.
Brenda Rice 08/03/13
You did an excellent job expressing yourself about your healing.

This entry will touch many, many people who need the Lord and those who have cancer.

Well written. Thanks for sharing your personal story.
Danielle King 08/05/13
You certainly are a perfect example of a miracle. What an amazing testimony to God's healing power you are. This was written from the heart and I'm so glad you are able to share with many people worldwide who may be suffering in the same way as you were. Great job.
CD Swanson 08/05/13
The peace and love were palpable during this entire and amazing testimony!

Praise the Lord, first and foremost for His grace and His healing hands. Amen.

You are a miracle in so many ways. You bring sunshine to so many with your stories, your encouragement, and your unprecendted support of your fellow brothers and sisters.

Thank you for sharing your story with us...and How astounding our God is in bringing forth this transformation. God our Physician and our everything.

This was well-written, powerful, tender, and unilaterally a piece that will stroke the heart strings of all who read it.

Thank you. May God continue to bless you and use you for His purposes as you go forward in life doing His will.

God Bless~
CD Swanson 08/05/13
The peace and love were palpable during this entire and amazing testimony!

Praise the Lord, first and foremost for His grace and His healing hands. Amen.

You are a miracle in so many ways. You bring sunshine to so many with your stories, your encouragement, and your unprecendented support of your fellow brothers and sisters.

Thank you for sharing your story with us...and How astounding our God is in bringing forth this transformation. God our Physician and our everything.

This was well-written, powerful, tender, and unilaterally a piece that will stroke the heart strings of all who read it.

Thank you. May God continue to bless you and use you for His purposes as you go forward in life doing His will.

God Bless~
Bea Edwards 08/05/13
Thank you for sharing your intimate 'example' through your miraculous testimony. Praise Him for leading you through the trials to this point in your life where you may look back and see His loving hand on you.
Bea Edwards 08/05/13
And praise Him for creating in you an inspiration and spirit of encouragement for the FW's family.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/06/13
I'm reading this from the hospital room where I am recovering from yet another outbreak of shingles. I can feel the tears well up as I read. God constantly uses us in many ways, if we only let go and Let God. Great writing.
Janice Kelley08/08/13
A perfect example of great blessings from great tragedy. Thanks so much for sharing. (I thought the second "I am" redundant, too.)
CD Swanson 08/08/13
Congratulations my dear friend! I loved this entire piece...it was a winner in my eyes.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/08/13
Congratulations for placing 4 in your level and 27 overall! (Highest rankings can found on the message boards)Happy Dance!!