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

TITLE: Messages
By Carla Feagans
04/27/06


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At birth, we each begin as a blank slate, full of love and possibilities. As the years pass, we receive many messages about who we are and how we are perceived. Whose voice do you hear – theirs, yours, or His?
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Age 0:
“Our angel, so precious, our beautiful child,” they beamed.
I am loved, I am beautiful, I smiled.

Age 5:
“You’re fat! You’re ugly!” they taunted.
My mommy says I’m beautiful, I frowned.

Age 15:
“Look at her! She’s pathetic. Look how awful she dresses,” they sneered.
Mom says God thinks I’m beautiful, I hoped.

Age 25:
“You’ve gained so much weight, I almost didn’t recognize you,” they snickered.
I know God thinks I am beautiful, I reassured.

Age 35:
“You don’t look bad for having three kids,” they consoled.
I am who God says I am, and I am beautiful, I believed.

Age 45:
“You look fantastic, so healthy and fit. I’d never have guessed you are forty-five,” they marveled.
You are beautiful and beloved, my child, I heard.


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Helen Paynter04/27/06
Love the progression of thought and development of maturity in this piece. Moving, too.
terri tiffany04/28/06
Very thought provoking...I loved the theme and direct way you told it. Creative!
Jan Ackerson 04/29/06
I like the last one best: how tempting to listen to the world's praise, how lovely to heed God's instead. That takes inner strength!
darlene hight05/01/06
Very creative take on the topic. Well done!
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/01/06
Good time projection, from childhood to adult. Good job.
Jean Elizabeth 05/01/06
What a great way to convey truth! Good job!
Rachel Rudd05/02/06
Very nicely written. I liked the progression as well.