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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Shhh. (02/18/10)

TITLE: The Struggle for a Quiet Heart
By Donna Haug
02/21/10


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“Good morning! It’s 6 a.m., and this is 680 News. Here are our top three stories this hour. The city’s 5th murder of the year...”

Lisa fumbled with her clock radio in the darkness and groaned as she sat searching for her slippers. She shuffled towards the shower and leaned against the door wincing in the bright bathroom light. “Oh God, give me strength for this day.”

As the steam billowed from the shower stall, she leaned her head back, allowing the water to soak through her thick, black mane. “My child, calm your soul. Rest in me.”

*****

Cars inched down the freeway. Drivers on either side honked their horns and waved their hands like Italian story tellers. But inside the cocoon of her mini-van, soothing music lifted Lisa’s heart heavenward. “Be still and know that I am God.” Oblivious to the turbulence around her, Lisa’s heart was at peace. A quiet calm rested over her.

Twenty minutes later, Lisa pulled up in front of her office building with no time to spare. Silence filled the van as she turned the key. Lisa sat for a second and smiled. “Thanks, Lord. I needed that.” Grabbing her lunch bag and purse, she swung open her door and ran towards her day.


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Sarah Heywood02/25/10
Oh, I would love to have mornings like the one portrayed in this story - a good reminder for me to take time to listen to God and wait on Him before plunging into my day.
harvestgal Ndaguba02/26/10
Enjoyed this quiet reminder of how awesome it is to take that quiet time and listen to God each morning.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/27/10
Great! I loved this! Short and to the point. Beginning the day with God. Couldn't have done any better with the Topic than this! It doesn't take 750 words to spell out "Shhh..."to intelligent FW readers! (*.*)

Thanks, you made my day with a peaceful mind and a quiet heart. Kudos!
Mildred Sheldon02/28/10
Thank you for your reminder to start each day with God. I find it to be the high point of any day. God is good.
c clemons03/01/10
Short and sweet. I could have used at least one more paragraph to somehow give even more contrast between starting a day without Him.
Jan Ackerson 03/03/10
Lovely.