While I was growing up, my dad worked for IBM. Officially, the acronym stands for International Business Machines. Among company employees and their cynical families, it means “I’ve Been Moved.” As a result of relocating numerous times (I attended three high schools)because of Dad’s job, I’m more than a little versed on new beginnings. Fortunately, I am an extrovert, so I had less difficulty than my shy siblings with making friends and adjusting to new locations.
Interestingly, I get restless if I feel I’m in one place for too long. My husband and I have lived in our current home for seventeen years. Seventeen. Years. Waaaay more years than I’ve ever resided anywhere.In 2017, when we passed the fifteenth anniversary of buying the house, the amount of time we’d been there weighed heavily on me. I felt stagnate and stale.
I probably drove my husband crazy as I searched for ways to ease the burden of feeling trapped. New hobbies were tried and discarded. Day trips and weeklong journeys peppered the calendar. I even began job hunting and researching other areas of the country where we could move.
Over time, God helped me realize new beginnings didn’t need to encompass a relocation or a job change or any of the other life changing events that can bring excitement (or stress for some of you). That a new beginning can be experienced every morning when I awaken.
Think about it. Each day is like a do-over, a blank sheet of paper, ready to be filled with the activities, events, and opportunities presented. God has all kinds of plans (read: beginnings) for the day if I would turn my ear toward His still small voice.
Nowadays, my new beginnings are more incremental such as starting a new writing project. What is your new beginning?
“The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions
never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NASB)
A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.
Sold by her parents to settle a debt, RolandeBisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?
Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?
Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.
Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library. She and her husband live in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
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