Writing to Break Chains by the Power of His Word
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
Current Work in Progress (WIP)
Plans to Prosper
This is the second book in a series. The first book entitled Strength to Stand is in the editing stage as I query and search for an agent. Plans to Prosper was inspired by Jeremiah 29:11-13.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV
The heroine from Strength to Stand, Lee Russell, leaves Washington for Great Falls, Montana with her mentor and friend, trainer Lucille Holden, her calico cat, Armor, and the six horses in the trailer hitched to their truck. Lucille’s husband, Rob, leads the way pulling their home trailer.
A sudden snowstorm strands Lee and Lucille. Who will rescue them? And will Lee successfully leave her problems in Yakima, or will her secrets continue to haunt her in her new home? Will she allow God’s love to grow in her life, or will her inner demons rise up and smother her newly-lit flame? Can she ever believe she is capable of being loved – of deserving love, or were her parents right when they said that she is unlovable?
Meanwhile, one of the heroes of Strength to Stand, Tim Sauter, drives ahead of the storm with former drug mule and street person, Juanito to Helena where they have an appointment with Tim’s sister, Esther, who is an addictions counselor. Tim hasn’t see his sister for six years since her then boyfriend, now husband forced him to leave Montana. Now, Tim must return to confront his past and reconcile with his family. But secrets follow him. Revealed, they could ruin his chance of achieving his heart’s desire–a deeper relationship with Lee.
So many questions. So few answers. Like Strength to Stand, this story has behind-the-scenes information about horse racing and backstretch life from the points of view of jockeys, valets, and grooms. Set in beautiful Great Falls, Montana, it details both the good and the bad of living as part of the greater racetrack family and the damage secrets can have on relationships – past, present and future. It speaks to how reliance on God and trust in his plans for our futures takes the pressure off of our todays. Instead of spending our time worrying and scheming, we can rejoice and give glory to the One who has defeated sin and death and promises good for us if we seek him.
Strength to Stand
Nineteen-year-old Lee Russell is a lost cause—unlovable—just like her parents said. As her opportunities in horse racing shrink due to gender prejudice, losing mounts to unscrupulous agents, and her own growing dependence on drugs, Lee wonders if she should abandon her dream. Is it too late to listen to friends who insist a loving God waits to forgive her? A God whose words have been so twisted she doesn’t know what to believe?
At Lee’s darkest moment, comfort comes from unlikely sources, a drug-addicted street person, a stray calico cat, and the horses she loves. When opportunity comes at last, will she sacrifice her integrity, her dream, and her freedom? Or will a chocolate-stained Bible lead her to choose another path?
Lee’s story is about betrayal and redemption, brokenness and healing, and the courageous pursuit of a heart’s longing. It’s about the willingness to take the offered hand, to believe in the kind word, to accept others as they are, and to discover the hope that brings with it the strength to stand.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.Ephesians 6:10-17