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Previous Challenge Entry
Topic: TEARS - (as in crying) (10/04/04)



He can keep you going on. Let’s go to:

Psalms 14:6 “Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD [is] his refuge.”

shamed (Strong’s 954) to be ashamed, become dry, be long, confound (to confuse or defeat), to pale, to be disappointed or delayed;
counsel (Strong’s 3289) to advise or deliberate;
poor (from Strong’s 6031) looking down, depress, abase, afflict or defile;
Lord (Strong’s from 1962) to exist, be or become or come to pass; (Strong’s 3068) self-existent, Eternal and Jehovah;
refuge (Strong’s 4268) a shelter, hope, place of refuge or trust.

So when you begin to rely on yourself, others or the things of this world, put your faith and total control right back where it needs to be – that is with dear God. That ONE that is Eternal and your place of refuge and trust. Be one who is looking up at dear God and not to this world or things of this world because this will pass. Dear God is now, yesterday and forever.

By staying in the Word you see how in the past those that stuck with dear God and His Plan of Love and took His covenant and promise that is there for you if you take it. He will always be there for you. So stay by His Side and keep it up in the Word. That way your mind stays disciplined and corrected back to focusing on Him. Yes, there are always going to be challenges, so expect them in life. Especially, if you are doing His work and are aligned with Him. See how those in the Word that followed Him gave up their own focus on themselves and focused on Him and the challenges that they overcame because they trusted in Him. It was always because of dear God and not because of something that person had. It was total faith, trust and love in dear God and following what is already written in the Word how to be happy in this world and on track with Him.

Talk with Him and pour out all your emotions and love to Him. Show Him that you totally surrender your heart to Him and that you love Him dearly by being there for Him. HE loves to hear from you and is so glad when you are intimate with Him with your hopes, feelings and your dreams. Remember to cleanse out any negativity that may be holding you back and ask that, through the Son, that you can come clean with Him and start anew. That is what He wants for you to start with a clean heart and mind and corrected back to Him with an open mind and loving heart.

Finally, He can keep you going on so love Him. Be there for those that you care about especially your family and friends. Thank Him for them and have that happy attitude knowing that all is well because He is over you and your life and those you care about. HE loves you so much. Give back and tell Him how special HE is to you.

Thanks dear God for Your Love and Your Strength,

at Your service

Member Comments
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Deborah Porter 10/12/04
Hi Mindy. You are a very thorough researcher, but the penny has more or less dropped this week with the judging panel (which rotates every week) that your Challenge entries are never actually on the theme. I'm just wondering if you do realize that there is an actual theme involved with the Challenges each week and that all entries are supposed to relate to that specific theme. If they don't, they are automatically marked way down and won't be eligible for being included in the anthologies.

So many of the topics we've had actually do lend themselves to your style of word study - particularly for this quarter. Basically, if the topic is "tears", then you can choose from so many different scriptures to share God's Word on that topic.

As I said, although we all probably had noticed it before, it didn't really sink in until this week that you aren't actually writing to the theme. Honestly, if you do start writing according to the topic each week, it will be more likely to get everyone's attention and not leave the readers thinking, "Huh? How does that fit?"

You have a lot to offer Mindy and a heart that just longs to see people draw closer to the Lord. I can't wait to see what you can do when you write to the topic. With love, Deb
Lynda Lee Schab 10/13/04
I agree with Deb. You are obviously gifted as a teacher and a writer - and you have some great points. But the weekly writing challenge wouldn't really be a challenge if everyone could submit an entry for any topic they chose. The whole point of it is to stretch us as writers and challenge us to write to a certain topic.
You have written some very interesting things. I'm looking forward to your submissions on topic.
Blessings, Lynda
Judith Gayle Smith10/14/04
Methinks you did get to the heart of the topic...you dealt with despair, fear, loss of hope - all perfectly thematic as causatives for tears. Good research!


L.M. Lee10/15/04
you always take a lot of time researching your topic.