Carrie Fancett Pagels (www.carriefancettpagels.com) writes “romantic historical fiction.” Represented by Joyce Hart, “Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance” is Carrie’s first fiction release. Carrie contributed to “God’s Provision in Tough Times” releasing May, 2013. Previously a psychologist, Carrie lives in Virginia with her family. Carrie blogs at “Colonial Quills” and “Overcoming With God.” She has served in ACFW leadership positions as Zone Director, Area Coordinator, and continues as co-chairman of a local group. Member ACFW, Romance Writers of America, Faith-Hope-Love RWA affiliate group and FaithWriters. Columnist/Board Member of The Book Club Network ezine.
Loves God, history, and romance!
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God’s Timing and Promises: Three Thoughts
I just had my debut Christian fiction release “Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance” release last week. But that isn’t what I want to talk about. Instead I want to talk about priorities in our life and use of our time. I am very grateful that my novella released before Spring break started for my 10-year-old son. Easter, Spring break, and birthday for our son all this next week. And a brand new release with lots of fun hoopla to go with it! And I have to trust that God has this all at the same time for His purpose.
Over twenty-five years ago, God promised me that He would give me a little boy. He gave me dreams about this child. Somewhat disturbing dreams but a promise. But I really wanted a daughter. A sweet little girl to dress in pink and all that fun stuff! Still, I thought I’d get my boy despite praying for a little baby daughter. I had that baby girl and was elated. Still I felt God’s promise of the son. But when would we get him? I was told that I had a condition that might not allow me to have another child. Over time and over many moves and challenges in our marriage that little boy’s image kept coming to me. I won’t share all of that testimony here, but eleven years ago this week, and fourteen years after God gave me that promise we finally got our son, our daughter just short of her thirteenth birthday! Now mind you, I was forty four years old—which is why I refer to myself as Tired Old Mommy who with scripture and God’s provision translates to Terrific Overcoming Mom.
Here are my three thoughts on God’s provision after delay:
1) Sometimes God wants to help us get our heads clear on our priorities. Such as submitting to Him and His will. Such as being clear that He alone is the one to listen to and obey. Such as knowing it is Him, husband, and family before other commitments. Which means they come before writing demands, too. (Last comment a note to self!)
2) Sometimes God is sparing us so that we are in a better place to deal with situations we know nothing about. We may never know what these things are. But God does. Which gets down to trusting in His grace and mercy towards us.
3) Sometimes God is giving us a testimony or a witness that can be shared with others and be an encouragement to those who are waiting. Perseverance. Endurance. Tool box traits. We might be modeling those for someone else.
May God bless you and yours and may He deliver His promises to you at the perfect time! And when He does provide, may you keep all in perspective and your priorities in order.
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