Guest Post: Unseeing Faith by Stacy Simmons
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
How many of us have faced some form of a personal “mountain” to climb? Was it something we could physically see, or did it loom ahead of us like an early morning fog?
When writing my first novel, A Promise for Faith, my husband had undergone a job transition. We weren’t certain a shift in homes might have occurred and possibly a new school for our then young teens.
We dispatched an “all-call” to our friends and family to pray for our situation. Despite being mired in a difficult time, utter peace blanketed us.
In my novel, Faith Fuller encountered the very same thing- job loss, and through her prayer walk and helpful friends along the way, she was able to overcome the hardship. And, have a brighter future.
Like fictional Faith, our road too had become smoother. My husband secured a new job, and I began to work in our youngest’s middle school which allowed both of our teens to stay in their schools.
Although we couldn’t see all the fragments of our lives that had shifted like multi-colored puzzle pieces to fit together, it formed a beautiful picture of faith and harmony.
A life lesson garnered through this experience was that Jesus always works for our benefit when we ask and believe in His merciful grace and love. Myself and my family’s unseeing faith became visible as life became calmer, and we hadn’t experienced the franticness of job searching anymore.
When have you needed faith for the puzzle pieces to fit together?
Stacy T. Simmons writes uplifting fiction that delights the reader’s romantic sensibilities. Thirty-four years of marital bliss is a great contributor. She is a mom of two grown children, and she and her family have a menagerie of pets she likes to call “Noah’s Ark.” You can find her working on her next manuscript with a piece of dark chocolate and a cup of coffee nearby. Connect with Stacy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog, Fueled by Faith and Caffeine.
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A Journey for Hope
With one “yes” everything Hope Fuller has sought could be hers.
Hope Fuller has life all planned out. Following a short trip to Briar Creek, North Carolina to help her sister, Hope will return home to Florida and begin her teaching career. Alas, keeping her trip short proves challenging after she sees someone from her past—a handsome lawyer who makes her heart want to plant itself within the community.
Dylan Gaines is just starting out his small-town legal practice and has his own plans for life. However, his reunion with Hope just might change some of them. Then again, their last attempt at romance ended up straining their friendship.
What will it take for Dylan and Hope to strike out on a different journey this time, one where love takes the wheel and leaves solitary plans in the dust?
A Promise for Faith
Secrets have the power to ruin lives. Faith and love have the power to disarm those secrets.
Failure isn’t an option for Faith Fuller, she wants to prove to herself and her very successful parents she can stand on her own, even if it means accepting a job offer from someone she wanted to forget. To add to the problem, that job means facing her biggest fear.
Caleb Gaines is looking for a manager for his coffee shop. He’s in over his head running his successful river outfitters business and being a single dad to a preschooler. But the perfect candidate wants nothing to do with him. Risk-taker Caleb is up for a challenge and wants to convince Faith to help him.
If neither one relies on faith and learns to trust, any chance at love will be washed downstream.
An out-of-work chef and successful river outfitter are both hiding secret tragedies. How much faith will it take to learn to trust in each other, overcome obstacles, and find love?