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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expert (09/05/13)

TITLE: Expert-less
By Carla Rogers


Walking to the mailbox, the breeze gently blowing across my face softly drew my eyes to the beautiful day. The birds were out singing their fall songs. The leaves were just starting to show their colors. There were just enough clouds in the sky to want to lie down and imagine shapes in the clouds reminding me of childhood. But my mood didnít match the peacefulness of the day.

My demeanor was clouded with stormy thoughts of pending loss since I had received a notice that I had twenty days to come up with the back payment on the house. Brushing tears from my eyes, I gently dropped the job application and resume in the mail, praying for a job-type of miracle. The application was neither for a job that was any where near my comfort zone nor in my field of expertise, but I was desperate for the back payment money.

Tears flowed bird-free as I looked up at the clouds, hoping for some kind of sign that everything would turn out fine. I thought of how great it would be if God would bring a ladder down to me, which I would quickly climb to the peacefulness of him. Losing the house wouldnít matter in heaven; my only care would be that I would be with Jesus. I imagined in the clouds Jacobís ladder with angels going up and down. What a glorious sight, my own personal escalator to peace.

Bringing my eyes back to earth, it felt like the weight of the world had come crashing down on me. Learning that twenty years of hard work and education made me an expert in nothing in the worldís eyes was heartbreaking. After twenty years, I wasnít sure how to become an expert in another field in a short amount of time. In this economy, experts are not valued. Part time worker bees are the most sought out group.

Making it into the house, I opened the laptop hoping to find something to lift my spirits, praying that God would lead me to something. I wasnít sure what. Scrolling through Facebook, a friend shared a post from Faithwriters. Intrigued about Faithwriters, I felt God prompting me to push on. I spent the afternoon clicking through the site, getting more excited with each click. The stories and devotionals from people in my exact situation encouraged me as only God can. I also stumbled across the Great Writing Challenge. Hum, could this be Godís way to encourage me to purse a career that I didnít think was my strong suit?

I dared myself to enter the writing challenge. Thoughts of writing in high school filtered through my mind. The passing grade I received just for correcting my spelling and grammar caused me to doubt. But why would God bring me to this site if I wasnít supposed to try it out? So, I wrote my first ever story. And I waited. And I waited for what seemed like forever. Then the exciting time came. I was in the bottom top half of the beginners and I made the bottom of the over all. I was so excited, but decided to learn all I could.

I am not an expert yet, but I am learning fast. I am thankful that God led me to a site that had a faith based answer, that had a faith based cause, and faith based members who encouraged and helped all along the way.

Father, I pray that other people who are unemployed do not give up. I pray that you will find a way to lead them and guide them on to their new career that was planned just for them by you. Amen.

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Judith Gayle Smith09/13/13
Welcome and congratulations on your leap to the Advanced level!

I love your testimony, so well written and so perfectly on topic . . .
C D Swanson 09/15/13
You're words touched my heart and made it smile, and it blessed me to hear your testimony. Excellent job, and so well written and said.

Thank you. God Bless~
Lillian Rhoades 09/15/13
What a timely story! Many of us have experienced similar financial woes. I have a suggestion for your first sentence.
As it's written, it appears as if the breeze was walking to the mailbox. A participle phrase should always refer to next word that follows. Perhaps - "Walking to the mailbox, I could feel the breeze..." However, you wrote this sentence correctly: "Making it into the house, I..."

"I imagined in the clouds Jacobís ladder with angels going up and down." For less awkward construction, you might want to consider something like: "I imagined clouds with Jacob's ladder and angels...

I Loved the title! And I share in your prayer for the unemployed.
Carla Rogers 09/15/13
Thanks for the comments. I wrote this without going back over it, so any constructive help is appreciated!
Bea Edwards 09/17/13
Thank you for utilizing your testimony and this site as part of your entry. It touched and encouraged me. Write on!
Amelia Brown 09/18/13
Wow, so inspiring! It's a very easy read with a strong message. Your sadness had actually led you to a greater happiness. All your problems may not have been solved, but am sure your faith in God has grown. All the best and keep writing.
Danielle King 09/18/13
This is an encouraging entry and I'm glad you chose to share it with us. Keep writing and follow your dream. I hope your title, 'Expert-less' soon changes to 'Expert.'
Lois Farrow09/18/13
Excellent article, and so encouraging to Faithwriters