I love Fall. I am most fond of November. Some of my best memories and some of my saddest memories take place in that month. My Novembers are a realistic picture of life with its joy and its pain. To everything there is a season. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
My new release, While the Rain Whispered, is the final book in my Letters to Layton series, which is based on letters my family discovered. My great grandfather wrote his wife pleading for forgiveness and to be reunited with her and their child. The true story of their romance and tragedy was sealed in their generation, though real life reveals they never re-united. His heart-wrenching letters are the foundation of these fiction books that address forgiveness, misunderstanding, grace, and contentment. The characters experience great joys and great pain in scenes based primarily---in the Fall.
The real ladies that inspired these stories were wonderful Southern cooks with a reputation for some of the best sweet tea ever poured over ice. My own mother recalled being around my great grandmother’s table enjoying sweet tea with her meal, but only after the men had eaten and with their used ice cubes rinsed off and put in the glasses of the womenfolk. The thought of that practice is hard to swallow. Yet, I see a good spiritual reminder in it.
God’s Word tells us in Psalm 34:8 (NIV)to taste and see that the Lord is good. It also states in Lamentations 3;23 that God’s mercies are new every day. Contrary to the practice my mother recalled, God’s provisions in His Word are fresh, abundant, perfectly portioned, and satisfying. How humbling to feast upon His grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace, compassion, kindness, forbearance, and love. The Lord is gracious and compassionate,slow to anger and rich in love. Psalm 145:8NIV
And speaking of abundance, here’s my Mom’s recipe for Fall Pumpkin Dip. The recipe produces an abundant amount.
1 16 oz. whipped topping, thawed
1 5 oz. package instant vanilla pudding
1 15 oz. can solid pack pumpkin
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
In a large bowl, mix the last four ingredients, then fold in the thawed whipped topping. Serve with ginger snaps or graham crackers.
Enjoy! I wish you a very special Thanksgiving season.
A former school teacher, Kim Williams has spent the past twenty-five-plus years on staff at her local church, First Baptist Woodstock, overseeing ministry to young children. Kim has traveled in both the US and abroad conducting training in leadership, discipleship to women, parenting, and ministry to children. She had a desire to write for a long time; one day her story met her head on, and she got busy making words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into chapters. The result is her Letters to Layton Christian Romance Series. The series is based on discovered love letters from her great grandfather to his wife. He is begging for forgiveness and restoration with her. Their true romance and remains sealed in their generation, leaving room for a fictional account. The first book in the series, Among the Crepe Myrtles, won the IAN 2019 Award in the Christian Fiction Category.
Kim resides in the Atlanta metro area with her husband, whom she met the summer after fifth grade. They have two grown children who are educators and who have the best spouses a parent could hope for. Kim and her husband are also grandparents to an adorable little boy. Kim is a member of ACFW and AWSA, In addition to her social media, she can be found on Goodreads, Bookbub, and All Authors.