The winner of Reunite at Christmas by Belle Calhoune is Kristen, Ashley, and Kirsten!! Congratulations! I (Preslaysa) will be in touch this weekend to get your info.
Guest Post by Kristen Terrette
This past weekend my extended family- four generations of us- traveled from Georgia to Tennessee to Kentucky and back again in an eighteen person caravan. We went to see the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark, the Ark Encounter. It was an eye-opening, jaw-dropping experience to see how Noah could have built and structured the Ark and then taken care of his family and the thousands of animals onboard during the Flood.
Laying your eyes on such a masterful feat told me one thing for sure- Noah reinvented himself according to God’s plan and purpose for his life. It is theorized Noah would have been a farmer, at the very least able to farm well enough to provide for his family. It is also theorized he must have had some wood-working and metal-working skills. But this could have been the basic knowledge everyone had during this time because they built their own homesteads. But when you look at the massive ship, it becomes clear. Noah BECAME someone different. Most likely, he was ridiculed and made out to be a crazy man, but when God got ahold of him, He became a master builder and leader. God reinvented him.
With Spring on its way- evidence of pollen and blooming greenery is everywhere around where I live- the phrases: fresh start, new beginnings, and making things new come to mind. I can only imagine the Spring Noah witnessed after he got off the Ark. What a Spring and new beginning it would have been! Here was Noah, a new and better version of himself, having been reinvented by God, witnessing an amazing visual effect of God’s grace and promises.
This also happened to the disciples. God reinvented them. A doctor, a tax collector, fishermen… all became followers of Christ and it changed them forever. Paul, who saw it as his job to help to eradicate Christianity and persecuted even to the death the first Christians, became the most powerful force in spreading the gospel once God got ahold of him.
All of them were reinvented and became a better version of themselves once God entered the picture, once they allowed God’s will for their lives to take over.
In my contemporary romance, Safe Harbor, this is exactly what my hero, Thad, and my heroine, Eva do. They both move to Moanna for a fresh start and while Thad has already realized God is the only One who can ultimately do this, Eva moves hoping the change of scenery will give her the fresh start she thirsts for. Eventually, she too realizes only God can change her heart, her life path, and her journey. Once she does this, there’s no stopping what He can do through her. Look at Noah and Jesus’ disciples! They were world-changers.
Let the coming Spring remind us of our need to allow Him to reinvent us. For Ephesians 3:20 says, He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” Let the Spring prompt us to make a new start as we turn to Him, for He promises it will be more than we could have ever imagined.
About Safe Harbor
Eva Elliott is left with a jaded heart after the death of her boyfriend while she was pregnant. She pushed away the idea of God and love, focusing solely on her daughter, Willow. She accepts an offer from her mom to move to Moanna Island, off the coast of Georgia. She hopes the move will help her tuck away the guilt for the role she thinks she played in her boyfriend’s death.
Thad Smith is the local youth mentor and football coach, who’s finally recovered from his fall from grace when his NFL career ended. The day Eva arrives, Thad saves her daughter from drowning in the ocean the day, instantly connecting the pair. Eva stubbornly fights the stirring in her heart the moment Thad smiles, but since Thad coaches the football team where Eva teaches, and lives down the street, God continues to intertwine their lives. Eva will not agree to a date, so Thad uses his adventurous spirit to his advantage.
She doesn’t expect Thad’s ex to throw a kink in the fragile plan, nor for Thad’s relationship with God to convict her own shame and brokenness. Just when she opens the door to God, finally ready to make things right, an accident occurs that could leave Willow an orphan and Thad all alone again.
Kristen Terrette has been an avid reader since childhood, a self-confessed book nerd, and always had characters running through her mind- completely made up of course. She went back to school years ago to obtain a Master’s degree in Theological Studies because she felt God’s tug towards ministry, but she didn’t know then what God had in mind. After five years on staff at her church, she followed God’s leading to a different kind of ministry- one with words, love, pain, and real-life characters. She now stays at home during the day while the house is quiet writing stories she hopes will bring readers to a stronger understanding of how God works and His love for sinners like us. She always has contemporary romance characters and plots running through her mind and considers romance her first love…but she has a few literary fiction novels up her sleeve as well. Both genres fight for time occupying her mind.