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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sherri Stewart mystery novel


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by Sherri Stewart

Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel. When
Sherri Stewart
life threw a curve at her family, she started writing and hasn’t stopped. Her careers as a teacher, principal, lawyer, and flight attendant have allowed her to draw on personal experiences. Her membership in Word Weavers, Forget Me Not Romance, Books and Banter, Florida Abolitionist, and American Christian Fiction Writers have helped hone her skills. She lives near Orlando with her husband Bobby, her son Joshua, and her dog Lily. When not writing or teaching, she likes to walk through the Disney parks for exercise. A Well-founded Fear of Death is the second in the Stepping Out series. The third book is in the works, as well as some novellas.

Please enjoy the following article by Sherri.

A Life Verse from a Lady-in-Waiting
By Sherri Stewart

Do you have a life verse? If so, who gave it to you? I have a life verse, but I’ve owned it for so long, I can’t remember where I acquired it—maybe it was given to me at my baptism or perhaps at a ladies’ conference. What I do know is I have a great verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5,6).

A question that comes to my mind is—if someone gave me that verse, how did they choose it? I would like to believe that a gifted pastor was prompted by the Holy Spirit to give me that verse. Or maybe there are certain Bible verses that are so full of wisdom that they lend themselves to becoming life verses, and everyone gets great ones.

Whatever the case, I love my verse. There is nothing I want to do more than trust the Lord with all my heart. Sometimes, God puts us in situations where all we can do is trust Him. For me, I had just passed the bar exam and was looking forward to spending the summer finding the perfect job with an immigration law firm. I had dreams of fighting for the rights of the immigrant and the oppressed. Instead, in a matter of a few months, my husband lost his job, I had knee surgery, we lost our home and our savings, my husband lost part of his foot, and our dog died. Call me Job. Not the best summer. I had to put my law career on hold and find a job to support the family. We moved in with my son in his one-bedroom apartment. The only bathroom was in his bedroom. Can you imagine? 

Yet I wouldn’t change a thing. God has made the Bible come alive since our lives turned upside down. I find myself memorizing Scriptures without any effort at all, and singing verses back to Him as I walk around the lake near our apartment. I have memorized so many verses, my melodious repertoire continues until I arrive at my door. I do my best to keep it down when neighbors walk past. 

Most of the verses have to do with waiting. I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong, and take heart, and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:13). In days of old, no one has heard, no one has listened, no eyes have seen, any God except You, my Lord, who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him (Isa. 64:4).

I am a lady-in-waiting. 

The problem with my life verse is my tendency to overlook the second part of the verse—Lean not on your own understanding. In fact, I have a feeling if I could just stop leaning on myself and lean the other way, I’d learn the lessons God has for me. Instead, I try to solve my problems, as did Sarah, as did Rachael.

Maybe that’s why I was given that particular verse. God knew that my type-A personality would get in the way of my progress on that straight path He promised me. God has given us so many fine examples of people who have leaned well. Mary, at fourteen years old, didn’t question the message the angel brought her. Gideon, buoyed up by the fleece, didn’t fall apart when his troops were whittled from thousands to hundreds. And who could imagine going through labor at Sarah’s age? 

My advice to the unversed: Ask God for a life verse. And when you have one, wonder why that particular verse was chosen for you.

About Sherri’s novel, A Well-Founded Fear of Death:
Julie Richards is slightly agoraphobic, but she
manages to hide it from her friends. She’s taking baby steps to overcome it, but the trip to Colombia tests her limits, and she can’t wait to return to her normal, safe life in Celebration, her boyfriend, and her law practice.

But nothing is safe and normal in Celebration. Men threaten to blow up her house if she doesn’t give them the child they think she’s hiding. Her boyfriend tells her he’s marrying her best friend. And one of her clients is in a coma because the asylum case she thought was a slam dunk is not going well.

She’s ready to give up and go back to hiding from everyone. Will Julie hold fast to her “Life’s not fair” mantra, or will she cling to God’s promise that all things work together for good?

Where A Well-Founded Fear of Death may be purchased:

Where you can find Sherri Stewart online:
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Sherri, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of A Well-Founded Fear of Death.

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The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Engaged by Julie Arduini is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

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  1. I love to read this sounds so good. Love the blog!

  2. This one sounds like a good one.

  3. Wow! This sounds like a book you will not put down.

    1. Sonnetta, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment!

    2. I love this blog. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Sherri, what a world-wind of experiences you went through, and with the Lord's guidance He made you stronger. I too have a life verse and it was just after I made a commitment to the Lord and I use it when I sign my books. May the Lord continue to inspire you and lead you as you look to Him.

    1. Diane, thanks for leaving your comment!

    2. Diane, we've talked many times. Thanks for your encouragement. I enjoyed your book.

  5. Enjoyed the devotional article. The book sounds like a great story!

    1. Patti, glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for leaving your comment!

  6. Enjoyed the devotional article. The book sounds like a great story!

    1. Thanks, Patti. Funny thing. I went to the hyperlink and johud, and it took me to a Jordanian site.

  7. The storyline is so interesting. This is a novel I would love to read.

    1. Marjorie, thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment.

  8. Thanks, Marjorie for your comments.

  9. Sounds like a great book!