The First Step

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by C. J. Peterson

It’s always the first step that is the scariest. This applies to just about everything we do in life. Whether it’s sending the book up to the publisher for publication, deciding to move to the house you’ve always wanted, accepting the job that will require more responsibility, or even in going to church (or a new church) for the first time. It’s a fear of the unknown. It’s leaving the comfort of what you’ve always done. It’s taking a risk, that may bring about a great reward, but you never know until you take that first step.

I will be the first to admit that I like to see the whole plan before I make a move. However, in recent years, I have learned to have a plan, but be prepared for it to change in a heartbeat. This sometimes requires flexibility that a person like me doesn’t normally enjoy.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Sound familiar? While I don’t normally get to see the end of the road before I take the first step, I know Who does. I know that God is the One in control, and I trust that He wants only the best for me. I am reminded of that in another of my favorite verses, Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

If you are having a hard time making a decision on whether or not to take that first step without knowing the outcome, please remember this:

God bless,
C.J. Peterson
‘While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.’ 

About the Author:

CJ PetersonI was raised in a Christian military home, but it was far from tranquil. Like many young people, I left home as soon as possible, and went my own way, thinking I knew better. To me anything was better than where I was. Unfortunately, some of the choices I made led me away from the Lord, and sometimes that path was a dangerous one.
God is faithful, even when His children are lost and wandering. When I needed Him most, the Lord was there for me. He led me out of that danger and into a new life…a life where I am loved and appreciated. He taught me what ‘real love’ is, and what it’s supposed to look like through my family and wonderful husband.
Who knew that “Prince Charming” actually existed? I hoped and prayed he was out there, and I found him! He is a 24 year Navy veteran and the love of my life! With his encouragement, I rediscovered the creativity I thought I had lost a long time ago, and have begun to publish the books I have written through the years. The words in these books helped me through my struggles, and my prayer is they will help others.
The way in which I write my Christian Books, is unique to say the least. I am a realistic Christian. People are people, they stumble, they fall, they trip, but God continues to dust us off, and set us back on the path again, if we just learn to trust in Him.
The challenges faced in my past give me a perspective on the realities of living the Christian life that some people may never see. There are times we wander away from God…there are times when we draw closer to Him. In our arrogance we think we can make it on our own. However, the One who made this world, and who made you, has the answers, and thankfully, He forgives our impudence and petulance and loves us through it all. God is a God of love, mercy, grace, and guidance. He loves us and only wants the best for us.
Those who have read my books, describe them as encouraging, frustrating, and a wonderful read all at the same time. The same character that could have you crying one minute, will have you cheering the next! One of my editors, stated that ‘she was so into the story, that she forgot to edit, and had to go back to do the editing’.
I pray you will enjoy my books as well!

While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.

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  1. A very inspiring post. A great insight on how we need to keep going and carry on!


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