I have to admit that when it comes to thankfulness, I am not the poster child God would use. I often fail to rest in thanksgiving for all that He has bestowed. Oh, my. Every breath I take comes from Him.
As I look over the last year, I find that I am most thankful for His long suffering. You see, I’m like the child that does whatever she wants and then comes crying when things don’t work out the way that I want. I sit at my Father’s feet with tears running down my face, and I ask Him, “Lord, why?”
I imagine Him smiling at me, not a weary smile, but a knowing one. “Daughter,” He wipes my tears, “If you had only sat here with me and asked for direction, I would have guided you. Instead, we have taken a longer and more painful journey, have we not?”
Then I realize that not only is my Father longsuffering, kind, and loving, He is steadfast. Though I took a long, painful journey, He had sojourned with me. Though my endurance may have been tried by my own ignorance, He never left my side. He lovingly gazes down at me and asks, “So, what have you learned from this journey?”
That thought makes me realize I have so much more to be thankful for. My Father is not only longsuffering, kind, loving, and steadfast. He is a patient teacher, willing to allow me to learn the hard way when my stubborn nature gets in the way of my relationship with Him.
I imagine my Father’s hand against my cheek as I reflect on the journey we took. He might even wink when He says, “Don’t worry, Daughter. Nothing you did took Me by surprise, but I do look forward to spending time with you, and I hope that you will come back to Me. Why, I would love it if you’d spend all of your time communing with Me. I love you, and You will never lose My love.”
Even now, I feel the tears gathering in my eyes as I realize that not only is my father longsuffering, kind, loving, steadfast, and a patient teacher, He is also merciful to me, a sinner, and He desires to spend time with me. With me! His wayward daughter.
And I recall all of the times when I have forgotten to be thankful, and I praise Him for one more kindness He provides to me daily. His forgiveness.
Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby the first two novels in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released. Fay has also collaborated on three romance novellas: The Christmas Three Treasure Hunt, A Ruby Christmas, and the newest A Dozen Apologies. Her adventurous spirit has taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.
Future releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Hope and Delilah, Books 3 and 4 from The Ties that Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity.
Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page, her Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook. She’s also active on Twitter. Then there are her blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor. And, yes, there’s one more: Goodreads.
Blurb for Libby
Libby Overstreet can’t see herself as anything but shy and socially awkward. She’s nearing thirty, and she’s never even been on a date. Then she meets the man of her dreams, but Libby knows he would never be interested in a wallflower like her. All she wants to do is to buy that garden nursery on the outskirts of town and settle down with the life she has always dreamed about.
Evan Carter has been watching the sweet woman in the coffee shop for weeks when his friend tells him that the object of his affection plans to buy a garden nursery and needs Evan’s expertise as an architect/contractor.
When they meet, Libby is more enamored of Evan and even more convinced that he would never look at her as anything but a friend.
However, that’s far from the truth. Evan would love to get to know the innocent beauty God has placed in this path. Trouble is, he fears that a lovely flower like Libby will wilt under the sins of his past, and he’ll do everything in his power to keep that from happening.
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