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INTERTWINED by Jennifer Slattery
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Enjoy Jennifer Slattery’s article below about how we make our plans. Following Jennifer’s article, you’ll learn about her novel, Intertwined.
I had our daughter’s life planned out by the time she was four, and one thing I knew for certain? We were going to homeschool. I knew that was what God wanted us to do. It was a strange, very deep, almost instant knowing. No questions, no fears, no need to research all the pros and cons. I just knew.
That’s kind of how my parenting has been. When God is leading me toward something important, I just know. This was one of those times.
But… I hit a major roadblock. A stop-all-planning roadblock… called my husband. He was not at all for homeschooling our daughter, and he made that clear with a simple yet firm, “No.”
There was no discussion, no changing his mind. He was as against the idea as a man could be.
Remember what I said about knowing with absolute certainly when God calls me to something? Uh… yeah… I was confused. Two major truths in my life were smacking each other in the head. God wanted us to homeschool. I knew it with every fiber of my being!
But He also wanted me to submit to my husband.
Sitting in my prayer corner, I shook my head. “I don’t get it, God. Either I heard you wrong or you’ve got to change my husband’s heart.”
Considering how adamant my husband was, I felt certain the latter wouldn’t happen, so I went about planning my life. Deciding what I’d do with all that free time I’d have once our daughter started school. I could return to work, take college classes, serve at the church more. And as the time to register her for school came around, my excitement increased. Everything was falling into place. The principal of the school she’d attend even went to our church! Surely God was in this school thing, right?
And my ability to hear Him? Clearly I’d failed in that area. Not exactly comforting.
But less than a month from the start of school, God flipped things. One night, as I cooked dinner, chatting with my husband, he said, “Have you considered homeschooling?”
It was like a punch to the gut. Remember that plan I made? All the things I’d do with my free time? Gone. Because the moment those words came out of his mouth I knew, God had answered my prayer. He’d changed my husband’s heart.
I learned something that day. When God wants something to happen, it will. He doesn’t need to nag, beg, threaten or pout. He doesn’t need my help at all. In fact, had I done that, I may have gotten my way, but I’m pretty sure my husband would’ve been resentful. Not bought in. But the way God worked things out, my husband became our biggest supporter.
Though we don’t homeschool now, those hours spent reading books on the couch or exploring caves bound our hearts together and developed maturity, integrity, and a strong spiritual foundation in our daughter. A foundation He’s still building upon.
God always knows best, doesn’t He? And He’s working things out, He’s fighting for us, our kids, and our family, right this moment. Sometimes we just need to get out of His way.
Jennifer's novel, Intertwined:
Abandoned by her husband for another woman,
Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn’t take long to discover that their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance…or is it? Could this be where life begins again?
Intertwined, part of New Hope Publisher’s contemporary fiction line, is a great reminder of how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace. Readers will fall in love with the realistic characters and enjoy the combination of depth, heart-felt emotion and humor that make Jennifer’s novels so appealing. Readers will be inspired to find God in every moment and encounter in their own lives!
Where you can purchase Intertwined:
A winner will be drawn from among commenters to this blog post to receive a paperback copy of Jennifer's novel, Intertwined -- paperback giveaway limited to those with mailing addresses in the continental U.S.
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Till next time … keep on smiling.