RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few. A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has a daughter and three grown sons. She recently married her own hero in combat boots and is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.
I'm happy to have Kathleen back on my blog. A great author and fun lady. Kathleen has graciously offered to give away her book Flora's Wish. To be entered answer the question: Have you ever run so far ahead of God and the path He set you on that you don't even know how to turn around and get back where you should be? Or just leave a comment. Remember to leave your email so I can contact you should you win and let me know if you are a follower of this blog for an extra entry.
Novel Crossings Devotional-Kathleen Y’Barbo
My job as the author of Flora’s Wish, a Southern historical romance with a dash of steam punk, was to fit what I hoped would be an enjoyable tale into a greater lesson about God. A funny thing happened on the way to finishing that novel. These unruly characters taught me a thing or two. I love it when that happens.
Flora Brimm, a not so prim and proper Natchez belle with four fiancés whose untimely deaths kept them from arriving at the altar has one wish: find a husband and secure the family home for a sibling who would otherwise be tossed out. Ever resourceful, she’s sure she knows exactly how to make that happen. So she makes her plans without taking time to consult the Almighty and then gives the scheme all she’s got only to find out she is the subject of a Pinkerton investigation and just may be engaged to a jewel thief.
Has that ever happened to you? Not the engaged to a jewel thief thing, but the running so far ahead of God and the path He set you on that you don’t even know how to turn around and get back where you should be.
See, I am a planner. I keep a calendar on my computer that is synched up with the calendar on my phone. Each appointment and deadline is entered promptly and color-coded to represent all the aspects of my life that must be scheduled. I am rarely without the ability to consult this calendar and know what I will be doing.
After all, the bible says in Proverbs 29:18: “For lack of vision my people perish.” So I do my best to keep a strong focus on the vision and, by design, on the calendar that keeps me from perishing (figuratively, of course). It’s all very reassuring, and yet does having my life planned and recorded digitally truly mean I am in control of what happens?
Of course not. Anyone who has spent time inside the doors of a church has heard that sermon. We are to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) and know that all things work together for our good for those who are called to His purpose (Romans 8:28). And we do. We really do.
Then God says we have to wait.
And waiting is hard. What I am learning to remember, however, is that waiting is a whole lot easier than backtracking even if it doesn’t feel that way in the moment.
Flora Brimm learns that, too. She also learns that it’s a bad idea to try and escape off the roof of a building if a handsome Pinkerton agent’s invention has not been tested for holding two people. But that’s a whole other story.
My story, actually. It’s called Flora’s Wish. I hope you’ll check it out. You just might learn something. I know I did.
Flora Brimm, a not so prim and proper Natchez belle with four fiancés whose untimely deaths kept them from arriving at the altar has one wish: find a husband and secure the family home for a sibling who would otherwise be tossed out. Ever resourceful, she’s sure she knows exactly how to make that happen. So she makes her plans without taking time to consult the Almighty and then gives the scheme all she’s got only to find out she is the subject of a Pinkerton investigation and just may be engaged to a jewel thief. Meanwhile, Pinkerton agent and inventor Lucas McMinn is trying to decide whether the lovely lady is part of the solution or the problem.
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