Sharon Srock and God's Path of Promises
Have you ever mumbled those words to your Heavenly Father? I know I have, especially in the last six years as He’s nudged me along the road to publication.
Stopping, starting, learning, growing. Sometimes resting, sometimes struggling up a steep hill in the dark…with my hands tied behind my back…barefoot. But never alone, not one single time. This could describe my spiritual journey as well as my writing journey.
Once I accepted the fact that fiction writing was where God was taking me, it was easy to accept the need to incorporate a spiritual journey into all the stories. I just didn’t know that some of them would reflect my own journey as closely as they have, but when words are coming from a writer’s heart, they often reflect a writer’s life.
In The Women of Valley View: Samantha, Sam has found her comfort zone. Life isn’t perfect but it’s better than it was four years ago and there seems to be a promise for more on the horizon. When circumstances rock her boat, she begins to cry out to God for understanding and direction. When those waves cover her head, the very foundation of her world and faith are tested. But God’s getting ready to work a miracle that she can’t begin to anticipate. One of those pressed down, running over kinds of miracles.
I can identify. For the last six years, I’ve poured my soul into the journey I felt God wanted me to take. I met some amazing people, and God opened a lot of doors along the way. Life wasn’t perfect, and even though I thought there should be more to the promise than I was seeing, I’d developed a routine. I was comfortable. Then at the first of the year God threw open an unexpected door. The path was dark and full of unknowns, and I hesitated to take that first step. Have you ever been yanked through a door, kicking and screaming?
Most of Sam’s prayers sound a lot like my own as I began to explore this new path. Is this where you want me, God? Can you please shine some light on my path…’cause this feels wrong for me? I don’t understand where you’re taking me. And finally…I’m sorry for being stubborn, I’m sorry for saying “here, take this” and grabbing it back. Please, just give me the faith I need to follow where you lead.
You know what Sam and I found out? God’s promises are always true. Just because the path He puts you on isn’t the most comfortable or a familiar one, that doesn’t make it wrong. Sometimes God takes us on the steep slope to teach us lessons that we’ll need once we reach our destination. The path may be different than we envisioned, but most of the time…the destination is the same. And guess what waits at the end?
One of those pressed down, running over kinds of miracles.
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About the Samantha: Women of the Valley View Book 4:
At seventeen, con man Louis Cantrell left Samantha Evans broke and pregnant. But, she’s persevered. Four years later, while raising her daughter, Samantha pursues her dream of becoming a child welfare social worker. Her life is on track, and if God answers her prayers, one day she’ll marry Patrick Wheeler, the handsome law student she accidentally ran over in a parking lot. All that keeps them apart is Patrick’s refusal to accept Christ in his life, but they’re working on that.
Patrick Wheeler loves Samantha—and her little girl—but he’s done with Christ. Raised in church, Patrick witnessed first-hand how God does not answer prayers. First, his father dies at war…despite the plethora of prayers for safety. Then his stepfather dies within a year of marrying his mother. And as faithful as Samantha is, God allowed her to be taken advantage of. Yet, even when Louis returns to do more damage, she still insists she won’t marry Patrick unless he dedicates his life to Christ!
When Samantha chooses a con man and God over Patrick, he decides it’s time to leave. . .or is it? After a surprising confrontation with God, Patrick experiences for the first time how it feels to be completely alone. What is he missing about this Christianity thing everyone else seems to see so clearly? Can he reconcile with God and Samantha before all is lost?
About the Author, Sharon Srock:
Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. When she isn’t working or writing, she loves to read and travel.
Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie, The Women of Valley View: Terri, The Women of Valley View: Pam, and The Women of Valley View: Samantha.
Connect with her at www.sharonsrock.com..
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