When the Spirit Convicts Us
By Carrie Fancett Pagels
What do you do when the Holy Spirit convicts you to do something dangerous?
In “Love’s Escape” which is part of The Captive Brides Collection (Barbour, October, 2017), both Nathan Pleasant, the hero, and David Bryant, his best friend, a ship captain, are convicted to help two young women escape a Southern plantation. Their job is a little easier than most, because both women can “pass” for white being of only one-eighth African descent. But because they are being pursued, they face the danger of losing the women they’ve come to love as well as possible imprisonment. Both have already said goodbye to their families, will need to seek new jobs once they reach their destination, and are quickly exhausting their financial resources. Whew! That’s a lot!
I’ve always been intrigued by the people who would reach out and help others, risking their own lives and livelihoods. Those brave people often report that they were acting on their beliefs. Belief in God is one thing, but acting on the prompting of the Holy Spirit, in obedience to God, is key to taking those steps beyond the ordinary, beyond the human nature that constrains us, beyond all societal restraints and limits of intellect. And really, if we are honest with ourselves, when we’ve gotten a nudge from the Lord doesn’t it often seem “unnatural” and against what our fleshly inclination would be? But when we act in obedience to His prompts, He rewards that action.
Question: Has the Lord ever called you to do something outside your comfort zone that blessed you?
Giveaway: A copy of The Captive Brides Collection which includes my novella “Love’s Escape” an Underground Railroad story set in 1850.
Nathan Pleasant, the undertaker’s son, secretly transports slaves from Virginia and onto the Underground railroad via a network of funeral homes. He’s grown attached to the Burwell’s beautiful house servant, but sees that Lettie’s desperate attempts to leave slavery are making her vulnerable for exploitation – or worse. When he must choose between his livelihood or Lettie’s freedom, will his heart win out?
Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.
Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.
My Pinterest page for Love’s Escape https://www.pinterest.com/carriefpagels/loves-escape-novella-in-barbours-captive-brides-co/
My Youtube playlist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIIM1mHfJ0U&list=RDgIIM1mHfJ0U
Danny Gokey’s song “Rise” is Lettie’s theme song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJS42sKrM8c
One reason I picked this song is because Letitia begins her escape in a coffin and part of her spiritual journey is very much like this song. Danny always has a new song just for me!
Christian Book Distributors https://www.christianbook.com/captive-brides-collection-challenges-discover-faith/jennifer-allee/9781683223368/pd/223368?event=ESRCG
Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-captive-brides-collection-jennifer-allee/1126718494?ean=9781683223368#/
Check at your local Christian bookstores, e.g., Lifeway, to see if they have copies, too!
Lettie’s cornbread recipe:
4 Cups white whole ground cornmeal
2 Cups coconut milk
½ cup oil or fat (bacon grease or butter makes it tasty!)
1 tsp. ground salt
2 Tablespoons baking powder
3-4 eggs depending on how cakelike you want your cornbread to be.
Stir all together. Get your oven right hot (Set oven to 425 degrees.) Grease a good sized pan. Cook 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown. When everyone has cleaned that pan out if you have some crumblers then take the crumbs and mix them in as a substitute for bread crumbs. Enjoy!