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

TITLE: Gifted Garments
By Pat Guy


She lay wounded and bruised on her King-size bed,
staring at flickering shadows
twirling on the white plaster ceiling.
The hypnotic sway of the ancient fan
cooled a dank sweat
exposed on trembling limbs.
A sigh escaped and ricocheted off four blue walls.

She needed quiet tonight.

It was easy to forget pain when swept under the blanket of recovery.
Sorrow disappeared when wrapped in hope, and sealed in its own black box.

She hadn’t seen him coming this time –
she never did.
The smile … the malice …
the evil satisfaction,
his malevolent eyes revealing no soul.
Dead eyes.

It had to stop … it just had to.

‘Help me,’ cried her battered heart as she moaned to her feet.
Streaks of light splayed across the wooden floor,
reaching from beneath closet doors,
touching reluctant toes.
She bent down in curious wonder
and crawled to its source …
fingering the warmth of each ray.

Brilliance struck a blow,
knocking the breath from her body,
saturating flesh to the bone.
Neglected garments shimmered and shook,
to release their power.

A belt of gold threads caught her attention.

Truth girded her loins,
now surging with strength
as she tugged at its buckle
for a snug fit.

Righteousness etched
by Innocent Blood,
crested the breastplate
molded to her chest.

Each foot slipped into
the Gospel of Peace,
ready to stand
on their solid foundation.

Blessed assurance
gripped a hold of her spirit,
the moment she lifted
Salvation’s Helmet.

A canopy of dust,
lighted upon,
the Shield of Faith
on the closet floor.

Stealth wafted across her back, chills pricked her skin.
Arrows of flames flashed by to the right … to the left!
She snatched up the Shield and turned!

The smile … the malice …
the evil satisfaction,
malevolent eyes revealing no soul.
Dead eyes.

She stood armed, strong and ready – one last weapon to reach!

Flames met their death as she lunged for the Sword
on the table by her bed.
Lifting It high she proclaimed with a shout!
‘In the name of Jesus Christ …
I command you to go defeated!

He shrieked and cowered, and fled in terror!
Hideous howls piercing the night.

Not a tremor she felt, not a fear arose,
in the Presence of her Lord.
His smile … the kindness …
His Gracious approval;
warm eyes revealing His love.
Loving eyes.

At the hem of His Glory laid her bruises and wounds,
clothed in her Helmet and Shield.
Tears fell upon
the Sword of the Spirit
embraced upon her soul.

Words flowed and rained afresh, washing the sweat from her brow …

‘Well done My child! Stand firm in My Strength
and in My Mighty Power.
Wear these garments gifted to you,
by the hands of My Beloved –
by the Blood of My only Son.

Victory is yours dear one … wear it always.’

Based on Ephesians 6:10-18

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Helen Paynter04/27/06
This is great - what mastery of words. Love it
darlene hight04/27/06
Daniele Moskal04/27/06
This is absolutely AWESOME - a certain winner in any writing challenge category!!!

A masterpiece with excellent choice of words. Well done, cannot wait to find out who wrote this article. God bless you real good!

terri tiffany04/27/06
Wow! Very vivid imagery and take on God's armour we can choose to wear for battle. I loved the third paragraph and then kept reading and it only got better. I love your word choices, too...perfect. This will really be competition for the rest of us!
David&Dee Jobes04/29/06
A Powerful Masterpiece!!!
An awesome anointed piece!!!

In Christ,
"Numbers 6:24,25,26"
Suzanne R04/29/06
Quite brilliant!

Dead eyes ... what a description.

Everything about this was just excellent. The words. The format. The descriptions. The message.

Jan Ackerson 04/29/06
Best approach to the topic that I've read yet. Spectacular.
Laurie Glass 05/01/06
Ditto to what everyone else said. This is absolutely awesome!
Kathleen Morris05/01/06
This is THEE most amazing piece I've read in a long time. It gave me goosebumps and sent shivers up my spine. This is the kind of writing that inspires me to keep writing. Way to go! You deserve to win for this one!
Jean Elizabeth 05/01/06
Absolutely wonderful depiction of the power of the armor of God against evil. Magnificent, vivid, imagery makes this poem come alive. Great job!
Sue Dent05/01/06
I can't believe I haven't commented on this already. You are ready for Masters, right? I LOVED the imagery. MAN that's powerful!!!
Anita Neuman05/01/06
Wow! Fabulous work!

My favourite line: "At the hem of His Glory laid her bruises and wounds" - I just love that image.

Beautiful. Powerful. Masterful!
Rita Garcia05/01/06
Wow! What an anointed gift you have. WINNER!
Lynda Lee Schab 05/02/06
At first I was ready to knock out the guy who was beating her up. Then, when I realized who she was fighting against, I realized I DO have the power to beat him up - anyday of the week! Yes, I think you ARE ready for Masters. This piece definitely proves it. Awesome, powerful piece, filled with such vivid imagery. Stirs up lots of emotion - the work of any great writer. A winner in my book!
Linda Watson Owen05/02/06
Oh, WOW! What powerful imagery!!! Yes, this is unforgetable and enthralling! Remarkable! Love it!!!
Crista Darr05/02/06
Fantastic! Hooray! Hooray! I needed this reminder today...and every day! You have a gift! Powerful writing!
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/03/06
Beautiful. What vivid imagery. Great job.
Cheri Hardaway 05/03/06
This is awesome!!!!!!!
Maxx .05/03/06
ok... you dared me to find somethign wrong... so here's what I got for you.....

In the line "Lifting It high she proclaimed with a shout!" there shouldn't be an exclamation point after the word shout... because the sentence is continued in the quote on the next line! HA! In your face! ;-) ROFL! (note to all readers here... Pat ALWAYS finds ONE thing wrong with my entries each and every week ... so this pay back is just in fun!)

But seriously.. excellent writing as usual. You have excellent word choices, you create dynamic tension. And you have perfect resolution. I thought the construction in the middle (as she took up the armour of God) was a tad monotonous since before and after were more freely built. But that is a minor minor thing. This is a winner! :-)
Pat Guy 05/03/06
Boy Maxx, when you're right, you're almost 100% right! ;)
Linda Germain 05/03/06
Anointed and perfectly done. That is one sermon that needs to be preached 24/7 to remind us the armor is there and we need to PUT IT ON!
Your creative talent is more than obvious...a true gift.I am a fan for sure. :0) LG
Joanne Sher 10/03/06
Wow wow WOW Pat!!! Glad you pointed me this way, as I likely never would have read this if you hadn't. So amazingly powerful and thought-provoking. Sent chills down my spine!
Tabiatha Tallent03/29/07
What a wonderful piece of triumph, and it rings so true. We will always win when Jesus is on our side. Beautiful writing, this made me ready to face the day.
Patty Wysong03/29/07
The imagery was great and encompassing! What a wonderful reminder that our Defense is ready and waiting for us to put on.
Julie Arduini03/29/07
I absolutely love this. This was one that clearly displays showing rather than telling, it came alive for me. So emotional, so real, so well done.