ALONE AND YET NOT ALONE
I always feel the Lord’s presence in my life, but there were a few times in particular that I sensed it most strongly. One of these times was when I was in my early twenties and leaving on a three month trip to an Intensive Christian Training Course in Texas. It was to be my first time flying in a plane alone and my first venture from my Midwest home on my own. I knew no one where I was going. I wasn’t even sure how the person meeting me at the airport would find me. And I was unnerved.
Everything seemed against me going. Health issues had cropped up, delaying my flight by a week while tests were run. The ground had been a solid sheet of ice the entire month of December. My dad’s recent surgery left him unable to do chores for his menagerie of animals, so I was needed at home. I had a dozen excuses not to go, and yet, I continued to feel the Lord urging at me to.
As the plane lifted off the ground that cold January morning, I remember sensing the Lord’s calming presence, telling me to trust Him, that I was within His will and He would take care of me. And He did! Every doubt and fear I’d harbored melted away as He covered me with His grace and love every step of the way. It was a special time in my life that I will always remember, a time of walking closely with the Lord and growing spiritually.
In my debut novel, Under This Same Sky, my main character, Becky Hollister, faces a similar stretch of her faith as she’s uprooted from the Illinois prairie to St. Louis after a tornado rips through her home, killing her mother and sister and injuring her father. She struggles with her faith, blaming God for the tragic circumstances and must learn to trust His ways and plans are for her ultimate good.
In Book 2 in the series, Under Prairie Skies, Charlotte Stanton, regains a sense of God’s presence in her life when she encounters loner Chad Avery. Through their challenging relationship, the Lord uses them to sharpen one another and draw each other closer to Him.
When do you struggle to sense the Lord’s presence? When are you most attuned to Him?
Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under Prairie Skies is Book Two in her Prairie Sky Series.
~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~
Illinois prairie ~1855
Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.
Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.
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