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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expire (08/01/13)

TITLE: Exhausted Grace
By Lori Dixon


It was one of those days where you wake up being more tired than when you went to bed. I will never understand what goes on in the night that makes me feel so exhausted the next day. If there was a party going on, I sure wish I could remember it.

I stumbled through my morning just dying to drop into bed; and it was only 10AM. Functioning in a fog, I dropped my brand new Samsung Note 2 instead, shattering the screen.

But, the day was not over yet. There was more to be done. Problem was, I was done. Kaput, wasted . . . way past my best before date.

By 5PM the couch had swallowed my face as I passed out before dinner. Woken up by the sweet smell of barbequed chicken and fresh corn on the cob, I begrudgingly agreed to keep my appointment to do some filming of my feet for a new promo video on the topic, ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’.

I figured I could fake happy feet and my daughter and cinematographer promised to keep the camera low and not capture my grumpy scowl.

Three hours later I stood in the grocery store trying to read the scrawled list; my daughter had informed me just before bed that the milk had expired. A few aisles over an obviously tired toddler was whining and crying. The noise irritated my already shot nerves. Just as the nasty thoughts began to rise in my head--the critical tisk tisk voice of, ‘Why do people drag their tired children out’--I suddenly remembered the script for my video talk. About how we don’t know the journey others are on and to give Grace.

I threw a handful of ‘emotional eating’ colourful, sweet candy onto the top of the overflowing cart. Saying a quick prayer for the exasperated mother who was now dragging her child out of the store, I made a mental note to do an edit for the video and add a scene with a woman pushing a baby buggy. I had missed that whole season of life in our film.

We do take a lot of steps in our journey with the Lord and it can get just plain exhausting, but our friends, coworkers and other late night random shoppers are tired too. We need to plug into His Grace daily in order to pour out on others.

Thankfully His Grace doesn’t have an expiry date!

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C D Swanson 08/10/13
I liked this story and loved the message at the end.

God bless~
Noel Mitaxa 08/11/13
Loved your vivid word pictures in this fast-flowing entry, which helped us to climb inside your MC's head, and your strong, positive close.
Linda Goergen08/12/13
Lots of punch packed into this short entry—imagery, emotion and message so powerful!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/13/13
You have some vivid descriptions in these piece. My favorite is being swallowed by the couch. I enjoyed reading it.

You might have had a stronger beginning had you not started out with the universal you and shared what the MC was feeling. For example: I felt exhausted, even though I had just crawled out of bed.

Though I wish you had written more about the video the daughter was making, I thought the ending was super powerful. I could hear the screeching of the baby and see things click in the MC's head. It's a great message and one we can all relate to.
lynn gipson 08/15/13
C D Swanson 08/15/13
Congrats! God Bless~
Lori Dixon08/15/13
Wow, so humbled to have gotten an EC on this. I wrote it after putting the groceries away--it was just after 9PM on Wednesday night and I hadn't written anything for the contest yet. A sit down, write, read to my hubby once, do an edit and send.
But, I think that's how my expired, tired, voice came through . . . because I WAS! LOL And Shann, I will see if a topic comes up that I can share about my talk. Filming today! Be praying! :) Hopefully to find time to go back and read other entries. Run, run, run. See Jane Run!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/15/13
Congratulations! Happy Dance!!
Linda Goergen08/15/13
Congratulations Lori on your EC win! This powerful message story so deserved to win! We do not know what others are going through and all too often judgment is placed without understanding!
Judith Gayle Smith08/18/13
You reminded me of my Chronic Fatigue moments! Drugged and dragging. Thank God for Him - times like this are bearable through Him. Thank you Lord . . .

Congratulations! God bless you. KJV Heb 10:26-31
KJV Rev 14:12
Bea Edwards 08/20/13
Great advise in a your succinct entry. Congrats on your EC placing.