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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Home (01/09/06)

TITLE: There's no place like home!
By Connie Husby


Click you heals together three times, and repeat, “There is no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” Do you remember this from the “Wizard of Oz”?

Have you ever felt like a misfit in this world we live in? Ever since I can remember, I have felt like I don’t quite fit in, not just as an adult, but when I was a child. Let’s face it, every person at some point in time feels off kilter, and wonders why. It’s like walking a distance and wondering if it is time to turn and go back, or if one should just keep walking.

Why was I the last person to be picked for softball or volleyball? Why was I teased for my dark complexion? Why did I feel like I was nobody’s friend and at the same time everyone’s friend? I remember going to a party in High School and standing in the corner of a kitchen just watching the other kids…making out, drinking or smoking pot and it was like I couldn’t speak, I was just there to observe. I remember walking home by myself late at night and I thought…I don’t ever care to go to another party like that again.

I became very ill around age 17 from a drug reaction for crohn’s disease. I developed a 106.7 temperature. I remember being puffy and don’t remember burning up, but remember the coolant blanket they put under me (ice) to bring down the temperature. Thank God, it did the trick and my temperature came down by morning, my rashed skin peeled like a snake afterwards and my writing was like a two year old. My mother remembers her granddaughter pointing at a picture of Christ with thorns in his head and streaks of blood dripping down his face, and said, “Jesus kissed Connie last night.” She was only 3 years old and couldn’t speak very well yet. Out of the mouths of babes..yes, I do believe it was a miracle. God could have taken me home, but my mission was incomplete at that point in time.

I can still go to an event or party, stand and observe and feel like an outsider watching a movie. This is my life and yet, what have I accomplished for my Lord and Savior? As I read scripture daily I try to listen to the Holy Spirit and one day I’ll fulfill my purpose, I will have won the race, I will have completed the task on earth God has chosen me for. One day I won’t have to click my heals together three times, instead I’ll fly away to Paradise, where there is no place like our heavenly HOME.

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Christl Boyd01/16/05
Every breath you breathe, every day you live -- you touch the lives of others for the Lord. Keep writing dear friend. May your voice ring loud and your purpose be fulfilled. Thank you for your testimony.
Steve Clark01/16/06
Thank you for putting words to what we all feel. Especially the writers of God's truth will see their disconnect from this world. He gives us the vision of His truth and the ability to relate it to other things. We clearly see the discord between His way and the ways of the world. In Hebrews 11, we learn about the lineage of faith, and Hebrews 11:13 (MKJV) tells us: These all died by way of faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off. And they were persuaded of them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

I was recently told that I tried too hard to fit in and that I would never fit in because God made me different. It is very liberating to no longer try to fit in. Thank you for your expression of this, and I am glad you recovered.
Venice Kichura01/18/06
Very nicely written & from the heart!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/20/06
You're not alone when you say you feel like a misfit at times. In these days and times, all Christians feel like misfits! But, stay the course, hold onto your faith, and one day we will receive our reward...an eternal home in heaven!

Sue Stone01/21/06
Nice sharing of feeling and experience. I particularly liked your ending. As you go through life, you will find that as you hunger to work for God, God sometimes surprises you with what he has in mind!
Linda Watson Owen01/22/06
Thank goodness not everyone is exactly like everyone else. If all we had were extrovert 'life of the party' types it would be a dull world indeed. Many of life's observers are the very best writers and thinkers. Thank you for this insightful piece!