Well, I had that wonderful experience when I met author Audra Harders at ACFW last year. I’d not had an opportunity to connect with her alot before ACFW, but once I met her…it was love at first hug. She is absolutely wonderful! Sweet, encouraging, and someone who knows how to pray.
Audra kind of took me under her wing, and I can’t tell you what a joy and comfort it was.
Between Audra and Patti Lacy, I was REALLY mentored for my very first ACFW (and I really hope to do it again in September)
I can’t say how blessed I was to have met her and now call her my friend.
Let’s here about Audra’s inspiration.
Pepper, thanks for the invitation to share my writing thoughts. You have a good idea of how my mind works and you still asked me to join the fun. Brave girl. Just for that, you’ve earned some chocolates, LOL!
Oh what fun, Audra. And cowboys….whew, GREAT idea 😉
God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son.
The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored.
We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.
After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
Do you ever wonder what your story is? Life ever get so confusing or convoluted that you can tell which way is up?
Well, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there. The great thing about it is – God has been writing your story from the beginning of time.
Without Christ, the view of our lives is worse that convoluted and confusing. It’s chaos.
We are utterly lost in the middle of a story with splashes of black ink colored pages, crinkled with sin.
We are a lost, horrible story.
Until Jesus picks up the pen.
In an amazing act of love and grace, he rewrites our torn and tattered pages of brokenness and selfishness. From the beginning of His story in our lives, though there will be conflict, trials, and hardship, there is an overarching theme of love – and a ‘glorious’ ending.
The story of our lives, covered with God’s fingerprints and Christ’s blood, wrapped in the cover of love, assures us of a happy ending.
What a story!
What a Savior!