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Two hearts longing for home.
A memorable first encounter brought them together, but then Susannah Stanley and Nicholas Pennington were torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. From the Lake District in Northern England to a Moroccan port along the African coast and the Napoleonic Wars in between, they struggle to hold onto hope they will someday be reunited.
After being supplanted by her stepmother’s schemes and the betrayal of a friend, they finally meet again in the most unlikely of places. Now the battle is on to reclaim their rightful inheritance.
Nicholas has saved hundreds of lives, but can he save their future and restore their home?
If you like faith-filled romance, Regency era intrigue, and fairy-tale endings, then you’ll love this emotional tale from the Within the Castle Gates series by Candee Fick. Get Finding Home today and be immersed in another time.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Acts 1 and 2
I saw Jesus ascend to heaven four days ago. Since his resurrection, we believers have been meeting with him every day, alternating between the temple courts, and this upper room, where the Christ last shared a Passover meal with us. He taught us about the Kingdom of God until his final minute on earth. The room is packed, and 120 of us make the space warm, but no one dozes. Peter has lifted his hands for our attention, and we all want to hear him.
“Scripture had to be fulfilled,” Peter says. “Judas, who was one of our number and shared in this ministry, is dead. All Jerusalem has heard about this, and therefore another prophecy must be fulfilled. ‘May another take his place of leadership.’ ” Peter pauses. “Choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
Whispers fill the room. People exchange glances, shrug, and shake their heads. Not many present fill those qualifications. I do, and I hope that one of the others might be chosen, since I have no idea how I’ll ever be able to witness to the ends of the earth. I have trouble making myself understood here in Jerusalem. How will I learn foreign languages?
Joseph Barsabbas Justus moves to the front, near Peter, and I relax. He’s much more confident than I, and would fill Judas’s place well. Peter beckons to me, and after a moment, I join them.
Peter leads the assembly in prayer. We ask Jesus to tell us His choice of a replacement for Judas. When Peter finishes, servants bring in lots. Each man draws and casts his lot, and when the numbers are counted, the appointment is mine! Peter lays a hand on my head.
“Matthias,” he says, “the Lord Jesus has made his choice clear. You are to take up the work Judas once did.”
I draw a tense breath and nod. Keeping monetary accounts for the believers is simple, compared to being a witness. Jesus chose me. But I still don’t feel ready.
In the last six days, I’ve learned that the other disciples aren’t all confident, either. Peter seems subdued, and spends much time in study of the lesser prophets’ scrolls. The fear I knew after our Lord’s crucifixion no longer disturbs me, but I’m on edge, anticipating the gift of power Jesus promised. Will it come today?
At one moment I’m talking to Matthew Levi, and in the next I cannot hear him even if he shouts, because the room is filled with a wind-like roar. None of my clothes blow, and I don’t feel breeze in my beard. The flame at the wick of each lamp burns steadily.
When the room grows brighter, I look for the reason. There’s a large flame above our heads, but it burns no wood. It’s like the burning in the bush Moses saw. As I stare, it separates into small flames that hover above each person.
In that instant I know I’m prepared to work with the disciples. I realize what I’ll say to the Cappadocian Jew who has been staying at the inn near my home. He’ll be overjoyed to learn that God has provided Jesus, and he’ll never need another Passover lamb.
I tug on Matthew Levi’s sleeve, to tell him, and my words are in Cappadocian. He grins and answers me in Pamphylian, but we understand one another. The wind-sound is replaced by one hundred twenty voices, praising our God and Savior in every language spoken by believers in the God of Abraham.
Peter climbs the stairs to the roof. The other disciples and I follow. Thousands crowd the street before the house. Peter raises his voice. “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was accredited to you by miracles, wonders and signs…You put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead.”
Someone below screams “what shall we do,” and Peter pleads with him to repent. It’s not the Cappadocian I know, but I’ll tell him when we meet.
Heidi Dru Kortman DTM
God's gifts and call are irrevocable.
Heidi Dru Kortman, a CWG Apprentice graduate, ACFW member since 2004, and Word Weaver member has published devotionals in various newsletters, and a collected volume of devotionals. Her poetry, flash fiction, and short stories have appeared in small magazines, and a website. She is applying herself to the task of writing smoothly polished fiction.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
I love how Craver creates each of her story with Amish and Englishers with unique and unexpected happenings. Anna in Love drew me in from the start until the end. It was nice to catch up with the King family and the residents in their Amish community. Anna was next to the youngest Bishop daughter and was seeking for answers. When her friend introduced her to Wyatt, an Englisher, who is staying with his Amish grandmother for the summer she was attracted to him. Anna found she was in a triangle when Wyatt’s Amish cousin was interested in dating her. The twists and turns with unexpected but realistic events gave way to a delightful story. Will Anna find where she belongs before disappointing her family?
This story is filled with family, community, faith, romance, hidden secrets and so much more. I would like to see Craver write Sadie’s story before ending this series.
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