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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)

TITLE: Lyndsey's Journal To God
By Leola Ogle


Itís me, God. Lyndsey. Itís been six months since I gave my life to you. Itís been wonderful, but challenging sometimes. Iím not complaining. Well, maybe I do complain a little sometimes. No sense in lying, huh?

I guess right now Iím searching for something more. Iíve always been such a work driven person. Mom says Iím like the little engine that could or the Energizer Bunny.

What Iím searching for is something to do for you, God, to know what my calling is, my gifting, or my place in the body of Christ.

At first I didnít get that ďplace in the bodyĒ phrase, but I get it now. I decided to devote this week to prayer, reading my Bible and seeking direction. Am I a potential pastorís wife? A Bible teacher? A musician? A worship leader? Iím not sure because I have many talents.

So at the end of the week Iíll be yours to use however you want, once I know what that is.

Well, God, I prayed a lot today, but got distracted from studying my Bible because my neighbor Bethís little boy was real sick. She needed a ride to the hospital. I decided to stay with her because, well, you know, sheís all alone with her husband being in Iraq.

She was scared, and I just couldnít leave her. I prayed with her, held her hand and offered comfort. By the time I got home, I was too tired to read anymore Bible. You understand, right?

By the way, Bethís little boy will be fine. Itís the flu.

Hello God. While reading my Bible on lunch break today, I noticed a co-worker was crying. I closed my Bible, moved over next to her, hugged her and asked if I could help. Seems her husband is having an affair and asked for a divorce. Sheís really devastated. I was just a listening ear and shoulder to cry on, but she said she felt so much better after I prayed with her.

When I got home, mom was sick with the flu, so I fixed dinner, cleaned the kitchen and tended to her. Iím all she has since daddy died last year.

Anyway, I didnít get as much praying and Bible reading in like I wanted.

By the way, God, donít forget about my co-worker, okay? I invited her to church Sunday.

Hello, God, itís me again. Well, today I did a little Bible study at lunch with my co-worker. Nothing fancy, mind you.

I went to church tonight with great anticipation, thinking surely something would be revealed in the pastorís message to help me. Instead though, I was asked if I could help in the nursery because someone hadnít shown up. I reluctantly said yes.

That poor nursery worker was so happy to see me. She was the only one in there with twelve little ones.

By the way, God, those babies and toddlers are adorable. They loved me singing songs with them. It was kind of fun being in there.

Just a little reminder, God, Iím still searching.

Hello again, God. I have to admit Iím feeling a little anxious. I havenít heard from You about what I should be doing. I even tried to google an answer but that didnít work out so well. I got lots of good scripture and even some peopleís testimonies.

I drove an elderly neighbor to do her grocery shopping tonight. Mom usually does but sheís still not feeling well. Maggie and I had the best discussion about how good you are, God. She said Iím such a blessing. Imagine that?

By the way, God, it would sure be nice if there was a web search engine that could link me directly to you. Perhaps then I could get an answer.

I love you so much, God. I just want to be used.

Time is running out on this weekly search Iíve been on. I attended our womenís Bible study tonight. I was asked to share my salvation testimony. I guess people are interested in how a former atheist found God.

By the way, God, Iím so happy I found you.

Hello God. I woke up feeling really discouraged, then mom said something so simple yet profound. She said every day our lives can be used by You through showing love, kindness and helping in any way we can.

Hmm! By the way, God, is it really that simple?

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Robert Johnson10/20/11
I liked this. It seems to be a common theme among us Christians. Wanting to do so much more and yet sometimes not realizing that God is using us all the time if we're willing. Thanks, I enjoyed this. The journal entry style was a nice touch.
Catherine Maher10/21/11
I loved this entire piece. Very well crafted. It is so true too. The only thing is I am not sure it is really on the topic very clearly. Perhaps if I look at you as the search engine, then it might fit better. But I still have this as one of my favorites I've read this time.
C D Swanson 10/21/11
I loved this. It was straight from your heart.

I liked the message that during the course of your day, you found time to "ease, comfort and provide love" to those who were in need. And that certainly in a major part of Jesus' ministry/practices.

I am thinking the search engine - was "the posting, and soul searcing with God."

Nice job! God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/21/11
I really liked this. How often do we search for our purpose when God is showing us point blank. I do think you missed the topic as it was to be about a search engine on a computer rather than a personal search. It would be agreat entry for this week's blog entry though:) I really needed to be reminded of your message right now.
Linda Goergen10/22/11
This is a touching, tender entry, as it shows the innocent search for understanding of a baby Christian! This may be on topic as on Thursday in the MCís journal, she talks about searching in Google for answers Ė Iím not sure if thatís enough. But using the MCís heart & soul as a search engine, seeking from God, is a perspective the reader could take. Topic aside, I love the way this shows how the girl is living Godís will in helping others and doesnít even realize her worth in Godís eyes. This story exemplifies Matthew 25:34-40. This was a joy to read!
Patricia Protzman10/22/11

I agree with Shann, the piece would be an appropriate entry for this week's theme, "Blog." I'm afraid "search engine" is not the central focus of your story. You were successful in writing about the emotions and feelings we often struggle with as Christians.
Theresa Santy 10/24/11
I saw many layers in here. The MC was the little engine that could, determined to search her soul through God. I saw a woman trying to find her purpose while beautifully living that very purpose.

And the layer I enjoyed most of all, was a woman very much in love with God. I aspire to have that sort of deep and personal, open, and ongoing conversation with God. How He must love that!
Edmond Ng 10/24/11
Ministering to people around us is a ministry, and in searching for ways to serve God, our circumstances and our heart sometimes play a big role in guiding us to do exactly what we seek. This story reminds me of the Bible teaching about ministry to the saints, as well as encouraging one another and building one another up (2 Corinthians 9:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:11). You've conveyed this meaningful message very well within your story.
Danielle King 10/25/11
And it really can be that simple - as your MC's mom said. This was a delightful piece and it flowed beautifully but I have to agree with others comments in that it doesn't quite hit the topic of a computer search engine in the way that was mentioned on the boards. However it still is a lovely, heartfelt entry.