WHAT WERE HIS PLANS?
Yes, I’m using the poor gator in advertising for my book. I promise he wasn’t hurt in the process! He was just in the right spot, at the right time, and he decided to yawn … or smile at me. Actually, the “yawn” was bigger than this picture shows! But before I could fumble the camera into position, he started shutting his mouth.
In my book, With This Peace, one gator takes something very important from the main character, Ella Dessa. But with the initial loss, another thing is lost. And if a person studies the situation, it can be a forerunner to things to come. Life can be snatched away, when we least expect it.
There is the possibility the gator loses his life. The results of what happens might not be totally clear. I do not stress that point. He was doing what comes natural for an alligator his size. But it is one tense event at the beginning of my book.
I wonder what were God’s plans when he gave me the desire to write stories and books? I hope that through the stories I present, someone will receive courage to go on with life, even when faced with trials that seems to be blocking happiness. My stories are fiction. Events in my books are produced from imagination and bits of life’s situations, which I collected down through the years. Please, have fun reading my books. Thank you!
~Karen Campbell Prough
We don’t journey alone, but it may seem we wander by ourselves. Many people will accompany us at different stages of our life–a younger sibling, a spouse, a child, or a stranger. Our influence spreads like waves in an ocean.
Some trails and trials may lead uphill, around sharp bends, and straight through a dismal swamp. And swamps pull people down. That’s why we must set a straight, level path toward God.
What we do with our lives might be mirrored by others coming in contact with us. We may never realize it–but there are family members and strangers watching us and our reactions to life’s trials.
Walk a crooked path and there might be loved ones who copy each step. Isn’t that frightening to think about? How much better to influence them to live a decent life.
God’s word promises us that there will be consequences related to where our desires take us and who tags along, copying and looking up to us. That means friends and family members might slip and fall if we have chosen a deceitful life. We need to be ready to reach down and lift up the weary, not add to their grief. Perhaps we’ll have to act fast in order to guide friends and family over obstacles blocking their paths. Life doesn’t slow down.
Who led you when you were young and unsure of where life’s path would take you? How did your steps grow solid and sure?
What obstacles appear in your life, make you stumble and vear off course? Perhaps you crashed?
“Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.” Hebrews 12:13 NLT
This road on the left is clear and uncluttered, with only a gentle slope and slight curve. It’s easy to stay on the path. But a straight path for our feet might resemble the next picture. It’s reliable, taking us to our destination with the least detours. Anyone following us will have no doubt about the direction our feet have travel.
Confidence in the path will help eliminate falls and injuries. Confidence in God’s guidance does the same and brings everlasting life and peace.
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© Karen Campbell Prough 2013
Have you ever felt so insignificant that you preferred the shadows? Do you feel more secure if no one sees you or asks you a question? Has skirting around a room and hugging the dimness of solitude become a habit?
Every single one of us suffers from some form of insecurity but a lot of us do a grand job of hiding it. We smile to cover what makes us quiver with anxiety. Insecurity can create loneliness or magnify it. Asking God to help us accept who we are, so we can enjoy the company of others, is the number one step. Why would he allow you to be born, only to push you off into the darkest corner? Such actions wouldn’t bring him glory or happiness. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. The Bible states this fact.
We’re made in God’s image and he created you. That’s why there’s something special about you.
We need to strive to be strong and accept who we are—so we can touch another person’s life. This world’s dismissal and lack of compassion for others makes it hard to focus on God’s value of us, as an individual. But remember, God doesn’t want you and I to fear what others think of us.
The healing of insecurity starts when we accept the wondrous fact that God loves us.
So, take the small steps, pray for strength, speak to a stranger, smile at the next person you pass in a store, or just take a walk in the sun. Let God’s creation of warmth soak into your skin and imagine that it’s God’s perfect love touching you. The sun helps lift your mood, but God’s Son paid the ultimate price, in order to lift your soul into everlasting peace.
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7 KJV Isn’t that a great verse?
What helps you overcome the feeling of insecurity? Please, scroll down and leave your comments so others can benefit from your victories.
© Karen Campbell Prough 2012