Life is a journey, full of twists and unexpected turns. But when we submit our ways to the Lord, He “makes our paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)

The past four months have been a blur. Radiation to my skull and lower back had zapped my energy and put me behind schedule writing my sixth novel, Beyond Shattered Dreams. I spent every spare minute trying to complete it.

I was sooo thankful to finally finish the manuscript (though three weeks after my deadline.)  At last, I would have time to enjoy some other outdoorsy pursuits.

After hitting SEND to my publisher, I experienced almost a lost feeling. My life had been so steeped in writing the past few months. I needed a break. Now suddenly, I had time to spare.

But before I could enjoy this new freedom, a fit of coughing caused a fracture in my rib near my spine due to weakened bones from my Stage IV cancer. Then a week later, a second sharp pain in my neck made it hard to turn my head or even swallow. Ugh!

There went my hopes of gardening, working in my flower beds, and going on a 30th Anniversary trip with my husband. So disappointing. What was the use of more time when I was too laid up to do what I enjoyed?


I felt a tug on my spirit to seek more time with the Lord. Reading Scripture, taking prayer walks, enjoying creation. This, I could do. And I soon found, when we open our ears to listen, the Lord is faithful to speak.

It’s no coincidence that the theme verse for Beyond Shattered Dreams is Jeremiah 29:13 – “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all your heart.” 

That’s what I sense the Lord wanting me to do with my extra time. Seek Him with my whole heart. Already, I feel my hunger for Him growing. And I look forward to receiving more and deeper insights from Him as I journey through this time of limitations and seek to know Him on a deeper level. If you’re willing, I invite you to share in this journey with me as I convey the godly truths He whispers to my heart.

I am so grateful, with all the limitations and hardships cancer has brought, I am still able to write! I pray you’ll be blessed in reading these upcoming posts (hopefully once a week). May they draw you closer to the Father, and may we all seek Him with all of our heart.


Inspirational Historical Romance set during the Civil War era

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