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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: Grand Canyon Vacation
By Connie K Cameron
01/18/13


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First a low rumbling snore, then a little soft snore, A low rumbling snore again, then a little soft snore. This had been going on for more than an hour, and everyone else was asleep. My older sister, Carol got to share a big bed with my mom across our motel room. I was sharing a bed with my Dad and my little brother, Bob was sleeping on the floor beside our bed. With all of that snoring I couldn’t get a bit of rest.

Then I got my chance, Carol got up to go to the bathroom and I ran over and jumped into bed with my mom. “Oh yes” I thought “Here I could easily get some sleep” But it wasn’t long before Carol was back and I had to get back into bed between my dad and my little brother.

I loved our family vacations and the Grand Canyon was beautiful that day, but tonight just wasn’t going how I would have liked it to go. I love my dad and brother but I wasn’t used to all of the snoring, so I lay awake much of the night.

At that age, about 9, I had small problems, my yoke was a light one. As the years went by, my problems got bigger. I would love to have the innocence and simplicity of childhood again, but things change. As life becomes more difficult, God has given us a way to deal with life and all of it’s heavy burdens, so that we might get the rest that we need, spiritual rest and physical rest.

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)


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Virgil Youngblood 01/25/13
I enjoyed the story and the wrap-up devotional message.I would have liked it to be a little longer, however you were on point with the topic and had a satisfying conclusion. Well done.
Camille (C D) Swanson 01/26/13
A concise and pertinent piece...Nicely told and done. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/26/13
This is a great devotion. I really liked how you showed a time in your life that was difficult. I think pretty much everyone can relate to that. Then you did a nice job of transitioning to your message. You covered the topic while still giving a good message. I could almost hear the snores as I read. Good job.
Bryan Rudolph01/30/13
This writing disappoints me. It fails to deliver the promise of the title. It also seems desperate to gain mooring on the topic. But, and this is far more important - the story is unpretentious and personal, in the telling, and in the approach. So, seeds of persuasion are planted, and only require you to cultivate the tools necessary to yield their full harvests. Please, keep pen to paper
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/31/13
Congratulations for ranking 10th in level one!