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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Eek! (02/25/10)

TITLE: Rejection Notices--EEK!
By Christine Ramey


Today, I received my first rejection letter from a devotion I had written. I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I received my own SASE in the mail. It was the site of my own handwriting I couldn’t stand to see. There it laid before my eyes in my hand written envelope with my name on it. Then the test really came when it was time to open it. The words I read were those of disappointment but understanding of the things I knew I had to correct in order for it to one day is published.

So, I sit with this envelope in hand and my fingers to my keyboard once again! “EEK!” That of course, was the first thoughts I had within my mind as I read the words allowed. The words of more and no became embedded into my brain. “EEK!” How on earth did that happen?

I picked up the devotion that I wrote and thought I had written well. Began to read it aloud as the words flowed through my mind. How could they have not loved it? I thought it was brilliant! Yet, once again it was rejected. Anger, was the first thought that I felt as I continued to read the letter.

Then a small still voice kept reminding me “Be still and know that I am God!” The words seemed to charm my intellect. So, I was quick to put my letter down and began to think about the words God had spoken to me. “Maybe, that was why I got rejected.” I thought to myself. Maybe, just maybe, had I listened more intently to His voice I might have written “the best sellers list,” so to speak?

I realized in an instant that I must not give up just because I received a rejection notice. It was an amazing revelation to me that I noticed God’s hand upon my life in an unforgiving moment. Because His hand is upon my life I can rest assured that I can accomplish anything I put my heart to through Him and by Him! Never Give Up! Submit…Submit…Submit… kept beginning to be drilled into my brain again.
I learned I had gain the confidence I so desperately needed to write the words He wanted me to write.

I am His messenger. “EEK!” What an amazing thought? I am His pen to recite the composition Psalm 45:1.

In closing, never give up on the things that God has laid upon your heart to do no matter what it is.

Sometimes, it may seem impossible to accomplish it is with God that all things are possible!

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Verna Mull 03/04/10
This came from your heart, and that is the kind of writing that i seem to enjoy.
Donna Wolther03/04/10
I get pleasure from being a part of a group of people who put their faith first and then write because I love to read about their faith.
Jan Ackerson 03/04/10
I've heard that some of the most famous writers could practically paper their walls with rejection notices, so take heart!

Some final edits of spelling and grammar might polish this up a bit.

Keep trying--you'll get an acceptance one day!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/04/10
I'm sure there are many here who can feel your frustration.

Don't ever give up, it's always a good idea to let someone else proof your work with fresh eyes to help catch the little errors in grammar and form.

But keep trying, God is definitely speaking to your heart and you seem open and willing to listen.
Michael Joshua03/05/10
I have a stack of about 40 in my drawer. That doesn't even count the ones that don't respond.

Keep at it, you never know how close you are to a "YES"
David Pendleton03/05/10
You sent it in where it could be rejected or accepted. First victory. You didn't let the rejection stop you from writing again, second victory. You wrote about the experience and found good in a difficult and disappointing life event, hat trick of victories.

After my first series of rejections I refused to submit anything for years until my wife pushed me recently to start trying again. You have succeeded in putting the rejection of good perspective where I failed to do so. I applaud you.
Delores McCarter03/05/10
Welcome to the world of writing! Many of us can relate.

I hope that will actually submit something else and not let that rejection freeze your gift of writing. Maybe your work could have been tightend up with some editing, or maybe it is just something that they cannot use at this time. Take action, but don't take it personally.

I know MANY people who have decided to quit different projects because of rejection. By the way, I have an artcle on this website about handling rejection. Feel free to check it out if you like.

Good job with this piece. I pray that one day you can look at this and laugh, with gratitude that you stuck it out. Best to you! --Delores

Allen Stark03/05/10
As I write I try to remember to put kingdom matters first, because when I do it seems as though I spend less time on edits. Nice job on sharing your thoughts that we writers can all relate to.