HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE
When did you figure out what you wanted to do when you grew up? When I read the biographies of other writers, it always amazes me how early the writing bug caught them. Some say they started writing stories as soon as they learned to form letters. Others say they filled journals with short stories when they were in high school.
If we can judge calling by what we were drawn to as children, my calling would have been teaching. I was cleaning out my mother’s attic in preparation for putting her house up for sale, and I unearthed my early report cards at the bottom of a container holding plastic plant arrangements and old Christmas cards. Apparently, my kindergarten teacher was “concerned.” She wrote that I had a proclivity for helping other students do their work instead of my own.
Yes, Mrs. McDonald might have been right about me seeking professional help. Yet she should have recognized a budding teacher. And I did end up teaching for most of my adult life, yet I always wanted something more, and God permitted me short times to realize my dreams. In my twenties, I was a flight attendant, a very cool job. In my thirties, I taught in Christian schools and studied zoology. In my forties, I was a principal. In my fifties, I passed the California bar and worked for an immigration law firm. And in my sixties, I became a writer and editor.
In my latest book, The Wrong Suitcase, Regina grapples with finding her calling, and she travels to Israel to find it.
After writing thirteen books, I’ve come to realize two things: Callings change many times, and vocation doesn’t matter. God is at work around us. If we listen with a heart to obey even if it means making major or minor adjustments in our lives, He calls us to join him in His work. That’s what I want more than anything. To be sensitive to His slightest prompt in my seventies. To be open to moving at a moment’s notice until I’m bed-bound. To have enough faith to put logic and comfort aside and step out, even when my legs stiffen up and refuse to jump. Abraham did it. Moses did it. The disciples did it. Paul did it. Corrie Ten Boom did it. I want my name to be on the list.
ABOUT THE WRONG SUITCASE
Regina Larson cannot believe she’s finally in Israel after years of saving for this trip. She can’t wait to walk in the footsteps of the biblical heroes she’s read about all her life. Now places like the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea won’t just be words on a page. And what better place to receive God’s calling than Israel? Reggie feels sure God will meet her here. But when she discovers that she’s grabbed the wrong suitcase at the airport, and the owner of the bag accuses her of stealing something of value from it, this trip of a lifetime—this pilgrimage—becomes a race for her life.
ABOUT SHERRI STEWART
Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel, sprinkled with romance and a strong message that challenges her faith. She spends her working hours with books—either editing others’ manuscripts or writing her own. Sherri loves traveling to potential settings for future stories. Israel was her last big trip. Sherri lives in the Orlando area with her family and lazy dog, Lily. She loves to chat with readers about their ideas. Contact her at www.stewartwriting.com.
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