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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: True Evolution
By Sharon Singley
04/20/06


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I am beaten. I am trodden. Where do I go from here? Sorrows upon sorrows bleed me. I am dry and weary. There is nothing left within. Father God, where is my strength? My hands clutch the lifeline, but my grasp is weak. Where is my help? Where is my rescue?

“…the joy of the Lord is our strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NASB)


But from where does my joy draw near? How does one take water from a dry well? Can a dead man dance? How is it that my Lord should answer me so? I cry for strength, for hope. And you reply ‘joy’.

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.” Psalms 51:12 (NASB)


In my weakness my wisdom fails me. My spirit has forgotten its source and I am brought low before you. Restore the joy within me! Forgive the doubting mind of your servant-child. For I am still unsure of my strength, though joy abound. How is it that joy gives me strength? How do I soar above my enemies?

“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)


The eagle is pummeled by the crows. They bite and peck, they screech and they threaten. Yet he circles gracefully, upward, upward, always upward. The enemy flies in unison with the eagle, still hungry for the kill. With joy and exultation, the eagle continues its wondrous flight toward the creator, toward the center of its strength. The majestic bird makes one more loop, quietly, serenely, without anxiety. As it reaches the high places and shouts with victory, the enemy loses control. The crows cannot fly in the highest heights and they plummet to the ground, victims of a gravity that does not bind the eagle.

Ah, I see now. Please find amusement in thy humble servant’s ignorance. I blush as I realize the beauty and simplicity of your Word.

Your salvation is my joy.
Your joy is my strength.
Your strength gives me flight.


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Marilyn Schnepp 04/27/06
A beautifully written devotional...and very creative. Well done.
Daniele Moskal04/27/06
***This is a winner***
A truly remarkable well-written devotional on inner strength. Loved it immensely - and much better when it's read a couple of times!!

Very well done to the author - God bless you!
Helen Paynter04/27/06
Rather lovely, this, especially the ending. Thank you
Jessica Schmit04/27/06
Beautiful. great job!
Jan Ackerson 04/28/06
Wow! I love the "Please find amusement..."line. What an awesome attitude!
Jean Elizabeth 04/30/06
This is a wonderful prayer of supplication and devotion. Beautifully written!
darlene hight04/30/06
The passion of this piece really shines through
Maxx .05/03/06
I ditto the kudos listed above. A great deal of passion here and the piece is right on theme. I thought that in some places the narration seemed a bit formal, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing since we are talking cries of the spirit.... not two friends talking at Starbucks. Nicely done. :-)