Walking with Jesus

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by June Foster

I love rising early, watching the sunrise, and reading my Bible. God is faithful every morning in allowing the sun to come up and granting us another day. As if God is providing music along with all His other blessings, I hear a dove’s call from the giant oak tree next to the RV.

I was reading Matthew 11 toward the end of the chapter where Jesus is talking and teaching in the town of Galilee to any who would give Him ear. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The citizens of Galilee, the ones who had ears to hear, must’ve been comforted by those words. Then I wondered what was going through Jesus’ mind as he spoke them. Did He speak the message as if projecting it across the centuries knowing that people who had ears to hear in the year 2012 would also be hearing those words? I can’t help but imagine that He did.

These words are for me! And you! A thrilling thought. I don’t have to strive to be successful in God’s Kingdom but can rest in Him. How does that translate into my work as a writer? Many times I allow anxious feelings to dominate me. Are my skills improving? Is my novel ready for a publisher or agent? Rest. Jesus’ yoke is light. Halleluiah.

Tim Garrett saw Jess Colton back to health in Give Us This Day but can’t control his own life. He wants nothing more than to serve God as a pastoral counselor, but first must prove to the staff and elders at Bellewood Fellowship he can handle the job he was hired to do — work with the senior high youth.

Roxanne Ratner’s father abandoned her when she was ten, and now she doesn’t trust men. They’ll only hurt her like her parent did. She fills the empty place in her heart with shopping for designer clothes. Though the perky young hairstylist falls in love with the Tim, she must keep her distance from the handsome pastor.

Despite Tim’s efforts to prove himself on the job, everything works against him bringing him closer to dismissal. Tim has one last chance at Camp Solid Rock. When Tim learns a frightening secret from his youthful adversary, can he make a difference? Can Roxanne risk giving her heart to Tim?

June Foster is a retired school teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. She writes full time and travels in her RV with her husband Joe. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day – February 1, 2012, As We Forgive – September 1, 2012, and Deliver Us – April 1, 2013, and Hometown Fourth of July – July 1, 2012.  June loves to write stories about characters who overcome the issues in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives. June’s book, Ryan’s Father, will be published by WhiteFire Publishing in the near future.

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