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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Melody (08/24/06)

TITLE: Got Earplugs?
By Betty Castleberry


I can only sing in one key. That would be the key of off. Believe me. You do not want to be sitting in the pew in front of me at church. My husband got all the musical talent in our family. He has a nice baritone voice, plays guitar, and leads praise music for our Sunday services. I donít mind at all, though. My talents lie elsewhere. Iím just trying to figure out where.

The bible instructs us not to hide our light under a bushel, but for me, maybe tossing a veil over it might be okay. On the other hand, my singing voice might not be a light at all. In that case, Iím in the clear.

I do love to sing. Really, who doesnít? Itís all right to admit to me that you stand in front of your bathroom mirror belting out songs. I bet you even pretend your hairbrush is a microphone, donít you? I promise I wonít tell a soul.

Perhaps you are blessed with a lovely singing voice. Beautiful melodies run through my head, but somewhere between my brain and my vocal chords is a serious misfire. Maybe when you sing, you donít make your houseplants wilt like I do. One time I had a cake in the oven, and was singing at the top of my lungs. When I took the cake out, it had fallen. The center had a huge indentation that rivaled a Smokey Mountain holler. Okay, I got the picture.

The Lord instructs us to make a joyful noise unto Him. It doesnít say you have to do it through singing, though. I am thinking about taking up making chain saw bears. Chain saws make noise. I just know I would love making them, so surely the buzz of the saws would count as a joyful noise. If I sing a few choruses of ďPower in the BloodĒ while I fashion the bears, no one will hear me except God. Somehow I donít think Heíll mind.

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Allison Egley 08/31/06
The title drew me in. Chain saw bears, huh? I'd like to see one! Great job.
Lynda Schultz 08/31/06
I love this! That first wonderful line: "I can only sing in one key. That would be the key of off." caught my attention and there was nothing to disappoint me in what followed - I just wish there had been more. Good work.
Valerie Routhieaux08/31/06
Loved this. Lots of good humor. Made me laugh. I have the same singing voice.
Keep writing and sharing.
Donna Powers 08/31/06
Very cute and humorous. I bet the Lord loves the sound of your voice.
Nancy LaGree09/01/06
Good article. It felt like you were talking straight to me!
dub W09/01/06
I loved the light conversational humor of this piece. This belongs in a Christian magazine - with this type of humor, you could probably be a regular columnist.
Phyllis Inniss09/02/06
I enjoyed your article and the humour in it. You certainly have a talent in this direction and I hope to read more of your offerings. Good work.
naomi thomas09/02/06
God does have a sense o humor doesn't He? I am sure he sits in heaven asnd smiles when you sing. Keep focused on your purpose it will come. Nice job
Ruth Renwick09/03/06
I am sure many of us can relate to your story. It certainly made me smile. Do you think when our bodies are transformed in heaven we will also get transformed voices? I hope so. But then, I think God listens for the heart more than the outward sound. Perfect melody does not equal pure worship.
Noreen Ophoff09/03/06
I like this little story. The title was very catchy. Keep making your own kind of melody for God.
Rebecca Livermore09/04/06
This made me laugh. I loved it. Thanks for sharing!
terri tiffany09/05/06
What I like - first, your title caught my eye- very cute...next- your voice all the way through is perfect along with your humor - not overdone, just enough. I like how you made it into a nice little devotional.
What I might change- really nothing except I wished I could haev read more! nice writing.
Ann Grover09/05/06
Very 'real.' I think we all recognized ourselves here... keep up the good writing!
Teri Wilson09/05/06
This was very fun to read. Great writing style - humorous and entertaining. Would have liked to read more. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 09/05/06
One of the better devotionals I've read here--what a charming and witty voice you have!
Debbie Sickler09/05/06
Like others have said, that first two lines got you off to a great start. I can totally relate to the loving to sing, but not loving to hear myself thing. Need a bear making buddy? hehe
Jeffrey Snell09/06/06
Ha! First line had me chuckling. Lots of great humor here. Seemed like there might have been a few shifts in person, and the flow felt stilted, even for personal thoughts. Humility shown through, however, and I really enjoyed sharing in the cute conclusion!
Jacquelyn Horne09/19/07
A hilarious look at "yourself"? Some people can't sing. My husband for one, but I won't give him up, he has too much else to offer. I'm sure you do too.