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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Step(s) (11/29/12)

TITLE: Mind Scuffle


Oftentimes my mind wanders here and there to where my life has been. It was just this morning while sipping on a mildly warm and displeasing cup of instant coffee that my mind scuffled back to a time when I was wallowing in sin.
At that time in my life, I was living with my boyfriend. We were under the same leaky roof and in the same sagging bed, smoking from the same pack of menthol cigarettes and sharing the same bottle of cheap bourbon but we were not yet one. We really wanted to be one. We even took all the steps towards “oneness” by moving in together with both names on the lease and utility bills. We attended holidays at our families together each year. Anytime a gift was given from us, the recipient always saw both our names on the tag. This continued for eight years until the day came when we decided to take that final leap and get married. It was a major step in our lives that ended up in divorce twelve years later.
We maintained a decent relationship even after our divorce for the sake of our daughter and were even supposed to meet for lunch on the weekend that he was killed. It was a Friday and he was going home from work on his motorcycle when a drunk driver pulled out in front of him. He t-boned the side of the car and died hours later at the hospital.
The next day, I sat on the cold concrete steps in the hospital parking deck and told our eleven year old that her daddy was dead. It was by far the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. That was three years ago and my mind still wanders back to that day and replays it over and over.
There is constant scuffling going on in my mind but as the footfalls of each memory skip through, I am reminded that with every tragedy and every triumph, I am taking a step closer towards God.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/06/12
Wow this is a powerful piece! You did an amazing job of pulling me in and the pain of the MC was palpable. Often, I can predict the endings but when yours came it totally took me by surprise and I'd felt like I'd been punched in the gut, not anything as strong as the MC felt, yet still quite strong. That takes a lot of talent to do that. I'm assuming this is based on a true story, if so, know you are never alone. People are lifting you and your daughter up in prayer at this very minute. How amazing is our God to provide avenues like this. Wonderful bit of writing. God bless.
Connie K Cameron12/09/12
I cried as I read your piece, good job!
C D Swanson 12/10/12
This was pure raw emotions that poured through each word. You've managed to bring to the forefront, your pain, your life and your story in such a huge powerful way. Your testimony, and your words touched my heart, and pulled me upright! The last line, was epic...and so true.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. And, Jesus...as you know is always with you.

God bless you, and thank you for sharing your life with us. I'm humbled and feel blessed to have been able to read it.

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/13/12
Congratulations for ranking 8th in your level!