More “Purposeful Day” Sketches

My Christian Children’s Book

Sarah has been chosen…

rECEIVING THE sKETCHES FEELs LIKE HAVING A NEW BABY. mY BABY HAS FINALLY BEEN BORN INTO REALITY. A jANUARY RELEASE still seems possible. The email states:

Sophia and I sat on my bed and looked at the new sketches together; tears flowed so very easily. To see this story come to fruition reminds me so much of my own spiritual growth and Christian journey. Each day, God completes a work in my life, and I may not see it right away. However, weeks, months, or years later I realize that I see a situation the way God sees the situation.

The masons will choose Sarah for the new church.

In a moment of commitment despite the turmoil, I stay the course with faith because “all things are meant for the good of those who love the Lord” (Romans 8:28). “…According to His purpose,” God works all things for good. Then, a moment presents itself, and I decide to love and to give to others just as the Lord has done for me because “His mercies and compassion are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23).

Just as God works anew inside of me, I see this book with a fresh perspective. Since I based my character, Sarah the personified rock, on the “cornerstone” from Psalms 118:22, she reflects the rejection and the ascension of Christ. In this verse, the writer references Christ and his rejection by his own people the Jews, including his neighbors in Nazareth.

The verse compares Jesus to a rejected stone that later became the cornerstone. The dictionary defines a cornerstone as “a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls.” (dictionary.com). Jesus joins “two walls” or a metaphor for joining man with God. He offered salvation and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles when they were determined unclean based on the Law.

As a woman reborn in Christ, I may often find myself rejected by the world, by family, by friends, or by members of my profession, yet I have life everlasting in Christ. I like Sarah, my character, have purpose and redemption through Christ. I long for children to also know that they too can have purpose in Christ regardless of rejection, dejection, or oppression.

One of my students said that I may want to stop writing about religious things as to not limit my audience. She argued that my work would appeal to more people if I only limited my spiritual voice. I said, “No. I have no desire to make a monetary gain. I want to leave a legacy of love. Grace is free anyway now isn’t it.” Thus, Sarah’s purpose is fulfilled. She has become the cornerstone. The one who connects two walls.

as the cornerstone.

“And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;” Psalms 118:22.

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agingenglishmajor

I am an English teacher, mother, and wife, but I love to write. I feel that I am blessed to be able to use my talent to write about my children's books, poems, short fiction, and parenting. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about my experiences with beginning a writing career while focusing on my children and my job. I look forward to comments and to hear from my readers!

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