You Follow Me

We all have a path to follow for God. He uses the talents He’s given each of us to help advance His kingdom. All He asks of us is to stick to our path.  

But that’s not always easy.

As an author, I believe God has chosen this path for me to help spread His word. All I have to do is follow this path He has chosen for me. Easy, right? Not always.

As humans, the flesh can take over and we lose sight of our purpose as we look at others and see them having more success. It doesn’t matter if you are an author or a teacher—whatever your profession might be, keeping your eye on the One leading you among so many distractions in this world is critical. Otherwise, one false step leads to another, and before long, you lose your way.

I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t always choose to follow the path God had laid out for me as a writer.

When I first started out, I tried several different genres without any success. I received rejection after rejection and became frustrated. There were many times when I considered giving up. Maybe being an author wasn’t the path for me.

And then. . .

I wrote my first Christian suspense and entered it into a contest through Love Inspired. Through each step along the way where the editor asked for a partial of the book and then a full, I felt a calm that I hadn’t experienced through other submissions. When I received word, I’d sold to Love Inspired Suspense, I finally realized I was back on the path God had chosen for me.

Though there are times when I still veer off the path and let things like professional jealousy take me in a direction, I have no business going, each time, God nudges me back onto my path and I feel at peace again.  

In John 21:21-22, this exchange between Peter and Jesus has always spoken to me:

When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain until I return, what is that to you? You follow Me!”

We are each called to walk our path. I’m slowly accepting that my path is not someone else’s and theirs is not mine. And I’m thankful for this.

So, what’s your path?

Coming March 23 – Firestorm!

To save her brother’s life, Sarah Hancock must risk everything to find the one man who can bring Blake home. Former Navy SEAL, James Cooper.

Amidst talks of peace and the rise to power of Daniel Pamphili, the unthinkable happens—an attack like no one in Strike Force could have predicted proves the depths in which Pamphili is willing to go to silence Strike Force.

After a daring attempt results in Blake’s rescue, Pamphili steps up his attempts to find Strike Force.

Hiding out in the wilderness of Wyoming, Sarah’s and James’s relationship grows stronger. With the world quickly moving toward unprecedented times, Sarah knows she loves James and she’ll spend whatever time they have left here on earth loving him.

When Pamphili announces his pledge to rebuild the Jewish Temple, he sets in motion events that will mark the beginning of the end.

And the countdown clock is ticking down to zero.

Blessings always,

Mary Alford

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