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Topic: Failure (03/01/04)

TITLE: Failure!
By Helen Wiebe
03/03/04

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Lynn was bubbling over with happy anticipation! It was her wedding day and in just a few hours she would marry her dearest friend. In the two years since she met him she had come to love him deeply and she just knew that many happy years lay ahead.
After the wedding she and Brad spent a week in his bachelor's apartment before he could get time off from work to go on a honeymoon. They spent two glorious weeks at a beach resort. It was a very happy time for both of them, but Lynn had forgotten something very important. The man she had just married was not a Christian.
As the years went by their marriage produced sons and daughters. Lynn thanked God for each of them and dedicated them to Him as soon as she knew they were coming.
As time went by she found herself slowly being influenced by her husband and his friends. She fell away from God and things began to go terribly wrong. She found herself being rejected by both, her husband and her children.
It took Lynn several years before she realized what had gone wrong with her life and when she did, she quickly repented of her wrong doings. But it was too late. Her children would never respect her again.
It wasn't until shortly before Brad's death that she realized that Brad had been influencing the children to disrespect their mother. Lynn tried to speak to him about it, but he continued to speak negatively of her. In a few years he would die hating her.
The years Lynn spent nurturing her children had become a miserable failure! Her whole life had been a failure! "Lord, help me!" she cried. "How could I have been so foolish and forget to make sure You were part of the family?"


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Jan Grupido03/10/04
I know our Lord and I know He answers prayers, even the ones we abandoned.
As I read the article it felt as though the words were reflecting the mind of the writer. Enjoyed this piece....leave your to regrets at the cross...He is so faithful, keep looking for the evidence!
Jenny Smith03/11/04
With prayer and time God says he can redeem our past and use it for His glory.
Dave Wagner03/12/04
Ouch. Such a quick slide from joy to pain. A hard read, but then again, the truth isn't always easy. Thanks for posting.
Helen Wiebe03/12/04
When you say its a hard read, are you referring to the flow of the words or the content? I need for you to be specific about that. As you know, we can't make improvements unless we know where the problem lies. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate your input.
Dave Wagner03/12/04
I just meant that it was sailing along nicely, and then it plummeted quickly into disaster. The quick plummet is hard on the reader, since it kinda catches you off gaurd. And there's nothing really uplifting or encouraging at the end...it goes from riding high to a rapid fall to prayer...and then it stops. So it's hard, in that when you're done, you're bummed.

But that's nothing compared to actually having to go through such trials, so I really shouldn't complain.
Donna Anderson03/13/04
"Lord, help me", she cried. A successful prayer! Thanks for sharing.