Friday, July 13, 2018

Your Dream - God’s Timing by Cynthia Roemer

Cynthia Roemer

Many of us have pursued publication because of a dream God planted in our hearts. For some, that desire has come to fruition in unexpected ways and timing. Author Cynthia Roemer shares how and when her dreams came true. ~ Dawn

Your Dream
God’s Timing

We all have dreams…those driving pulses that spur us to action and set our souls aflame. Whether great or small, each of us has deep-seated wishes we’d like to fulfill. For me, it’s writing. Nothing ignites my creative energies like sitting down at my computer and pouring out words that prayerfully will encourage and strengthen others in their faith.

My thirst for writing began when I was 16 when, through the prompting of my high school English teacher, I entered a short-story contest at a local collage. My short-story won first place, and I was hooked. I knew then, the Lord was calling me to write.

While in college, I began to do research for the historical novel I had churning around in my mind. By the time I graduated, I had written a rough draft of Under This Same Sky, yet my dream of seeing it in print took a back seat as I took a job, married, and raised our two sons. Though I continued to write articles and short-stories for various Christian publications, my novel lay tucked away untouched for a number of years. 

In 2012, over twenty years later, my dream of writing novels was revived when I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers’ group. With the help of critique partners and online courses, I began fine-tuning my writing skills and entering contests. In August of 2016, I met with the owner/publisher of Mantle Rock Publishing who requested a book proposal and later a full manuscript. In September of 2016, MRP offered me a two-book contract. In April 2017, nearly thirty years after I’d penned the original draft, Under This Same Sky was released, though a much different version than the original. And recently, my second novel, Under Prairie Skies released, doubling my blessing. The Lord at last allowed my dream to become a reality!

Though my dream all these years was to become a published novelist, my goal has always been to touch lives through my writing. And, while I had to wait three decades for my dream to be realized, my goal of touching lives was fulfilled each time the Lord enabled me to write an article, short-story, or devotional that sowed seeds of hope and encouragement into reader’s lives. I want readers to know that no matter what they are going through, the Lord is there, cheering them on.

Whatever your dream in life may be, I encourage you to pursue it, but to allow the Lord time to ripen and mature it. Don’t try to rush it. Instead, enjoy the journey. Let God open the doors and bring about the fruit in His good timing. And while you’re awaiting your dream, don’t forget to make it your goal to touch others’ lives in whatever way the Lord deems best!

~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~

Illinois prairie ~1855

Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.

Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.

Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under Prairie Skies is Book Two in her Prairie Sky Series.

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