Writer Wednesday with Alexis A. Goring

Join me in welcoming Alexis Goring to A Bed of Roses…Thorns Included.

Alexis A. Goring is a college graduate with a degree in print journalism from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. Writing is her passion. She hopes that her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces, and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing.

The Waiting and God’s Perfect Timing
Written by Alexis A. Goring, author

They say good things come to those who wait.

But what if you’ve been waiting for what feels like forever for a dream of your heart to come true?

Such is the case with Chandra McIntire, one of my main characters in the story Love Unexpected (story #1 in my novella Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories). Chandra is waiting on Mr. Right.

They also say you find love when you least expect it. And that is exactly what happened to Chandra when celebrity fitness trainer Sebastian Carter runs into her—literally—on the freeway. Granted, Sebastian and Chandra do not immediately fall in love—due to way they met, Chandra isn’t exactly seeing Sebastian as boyfriend material much less Mr. Right. But people around Chandra and Sebastian see the potential for a true love story.

Now a few things about Chandra and Sebastian—prior to meeting each other, they are not looking for love, in fact even after meeting each other they have their reservations. Chandra is focused on her career and Sebastian is focused on well, himself. But just like in real life, God works in mysterious ways. Despite Chandra’s strong, “Independent Woman” front and Sebastian’s fun-loving bachelor-for-life mindset, the two characters realize that they need each other. Sebastian needs someone to be honest with him and challenge him to think of someone other than himself, and Chandra needs someone to fulfill the hope in her heart which is to be loved and pursued by a man who she is not only attracted to but who respects her and adores her completely.

Several things I’ve learned from my fictional characters Sebastian and Chandra:

1)    True love can enter your life when you least expect.
2)    Sometimes God speaks through people who can see what you cannot see, so take note.
3)    God has your best interest at heart.
4)    God knows what and who is best for you in this life, so trust Him.
5)    God is the best matchmaker!

My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11. God is speaking in these words, “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.”

I’d like to say that Sebastian and Chandra’s love story is a perfect example of how God has good plans for His children, always! It serves as a reminder that good things come to those who wait on the Lord.

So what do you do while you’re “in the waiting”? Live in obedience to God’s will and trust that God is with you, working out His Master Plan. Ultimately, you learn to let God lead and rely on His perfect timing not just for discovering your true love but for everything! 

More about Hope in My Heart:

Hope in My Heart is a collection of short, heartwarming stories with characters in need of hope.
In “Love Unexpected,” a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.
Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, “The Best Gift.” Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister’s wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.
In “Peace and Love,” three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents’ divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.

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