One of the best things about social media is the opportunity to meet new people through their blogs and other chosen interactive sites. A few months ago I was blessed to “meet” author Alexis Goring, author of Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories. Join Alexis as she shares her story about the God’s blessings and gifts.
God as the Master Storyteller
A Devotional by Alexis A. Goring
All of my life, I have enjoyed reading and writing. The bookstore is one of my favorite places to spend time because I love reading a good book! I relish the scent, look and feel of a brand new book that’s fresh off the press. I enjoy admiring the book’s design and glossy cover. Reading the author’s bio, book summary and exploring the book from cover to cover bring me incredible joy! Whenever I begin journeying through a new novel, I become immersed in the characters’ lives and grow eager to turn the page and read what happens next.
So if you haven’t figured it out already, I am a writer at heart. Since graduating from college with a degree in Print Journalism, I don’t read as much for fun as I used to but I certainly do write more than I used to and love it! When I write a fictional story, I enjoy exploring my characters’ personalities and motives. But most of all, I delight in creating scenes and situations where the desires of their hearts are granted.
Prior to taking this opportunity to write a devotional for Marisa’s blog (thank you, Marisa, for hosting me on your blog today), I was thinking about that very fact of how I love giving good things to my characters in all of my fictional stories. While thinking deeply, that fact made me draw a parallel. The connection I made is this: Just like I (a mere mortal who creates fictional worlds on paper, telling creative stories filled with interesting characters) like to give good things to my characters and answer the desires of their heart in a wonderful way, how much more does God who created not only this real world called planet Earth but the entire universe, want to give good things to His children?
Yes, that’s right, if you believe in God and follow His Son Jesus Christ then you are an adopted heir (Romans 8:17) which means you are one of God’s children and He loves you with all of his divine heart!
Let’s look at the Weymouth New Testament version of the Bible (available online) and read Matthew chapter 7, verse 11, which addresses this very issue. God’s inspired Word says, “If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Yes, we as humans are imperfect but we as believers serve a perfect God! And He desires to give us good gifts. The plans the Good Lord has for us are beyond what we can imagine! Read Jeremiah 29:11 to learn of what type of plans God has for you and read 1 Corinthians 2:9 to learn just how amazing those plans are!
Now there’s a blessing with your name on it! Your Father in Heaven wants to bless you with good gifts suited uniquely just for you and He wants for you—if you have not already—to believe in Him. We experience the very best of life when we are operating in the center of God’s will. Now that doesn’t mean that if you believe in God and follow Jesus Christ, you won’t have trouble (you will) but the good news is, God will: carry you through your trials, make a way for you to escape temptation, strengthen you, keep you and bless you with good gifts!
Please keep in mind that gifts from God are not always monetary or material. He might give you the gift of time, the gift of life, the gift of healing and restoration. But no matter what gift(s) God has in store for you, know this it is good!
Returning to my original point about stories, I like to think of God as the Master Storyteller. Not only did He create a world filled with interesting and talented characters but He is actively involved in writing the story of their life. Here’s a point to remember: A lot of times, we want to take control and write the story of our lives. While it’s normal to want to plan out your entire life and have a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and be prepared with five to ten year goals, your life will be so much better when you release the reins to God and allow Him to lead you and direct your life story.
I’d like for you to—if you haven’t already—consider turning your metaphorical pen over to the Master Storyteller and allow Him to weave a beautiful story of your life, one that leaves a lasting impression on your heart and in the lives of your fellow real-life characters in what I like to think of this amazing Book called Life.
May God bless you with good gifts you want and He desires to give.
Alexis A. Goring
About Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories
In “Love Unexpected,” a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.
Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, “The Best Gift.” Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister’s wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.
In “Peace and Love,” three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents’ divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.
About the Author
Alexis A. Goring is a college graduate with a degree in print journalism from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. Writing is her passion. She hopes that her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces, and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing.
Official website: www.alexisagoring.com
Twitter handle: @pennedbyalex
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlexisAGoring