A special guest author is with us today! Alexis Goring is one of the most upbeat, spiritual individuals I know. How appropriate that she visit us at Christmastime! And this is the perfect season to read Alexis’ short story collection, Hope in My Heart, which contains special messages of hope.
In “The Best Gift,” Christina desires to lose ten pounds, Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off, and Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend.
In “Peace and Love,” a starving artist, a divorce attorney, and a woman who was adopted conduct desperate searches to fulfill their desires for the Christmas season.
God as the Giver of Good Gifts: Elle’s story at Christmastime
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” ~ James 1:17 (New International Version)
Christmastime is my favorite feature of December, if not all year! I look forward to this holiday with great anticipation of good food, delicious desserts, quality time with family, thoughtful Christmas cards from friends and of course free gifts!
God is the Giver of good and perfect gifts just as it says in the Bible (James 1:17). He knows what is best for us and He’s always working life situations out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Such is the case with the characters in my first book, Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories. It’s an inspirational romance novella composed of three stories and in every story, all of my main characters are hoping for a dream of their heart to come true.
Today, for the purposes of this holiday devotional, we’re going to focus on the third story titled “Peace and Love” which features a character named Elle Brighton. She’s driven down to Washington, D.C. from Michigan because she is in search of a full-time job with benefits and a steady salary. Elle has several interviews in the D.C. area and she’s hoping that one of those interviews will end with a job offer.
Elle’s story is set at Christmastime. She arrives in D.C. early in December and after her final interview, she plans on driving to Virginia to spend Christmas Day with her Aunt Charlotte and cousins. Elle’s hoping that she’ll have good news to bring to the table when she arrives at her Aunt’s home and that good news of course, would be that Elle got a steady job that pays her what she’s worth.
Job hunting for Elle is not an easy task. She meets delays, misses deadlines and experiences disappointment. But through it all, God is behind the scenes working out her situation for the better. Now I cannot tell you more without giving away the story’s ending. But I can tell you that though Elle’s story is fictional, the struggle is real. If you are unemployed or not making enough money to make ends meet, this devotional is for you.
I want to encourage you who are job hunting like Elle with these words: Always remember that 1) God is good (2) God loves you and (3) Keep praying to God, presenting your requests and concerns to Him and He will work things out for your good.
My grandma always says that “God may not come (through for you) when you want Him too but He’s always on time.” The older and more experienced in life I become, the more I find that old-fashioned statement to be true and relevant to modern day life.
Recently, God answered a prayer request I’d presented to Him for the past five months. It was a frustrating problem that simply would not be fixed until when I least expected, God came through for me in a mighty way. He answered all of my prayer requests concerning this situation and made a way out of no way. I am grateful for God’s perfect timing!
So as Christmas Day approaches, I pray that God will give you good and perfect gifts you’ve been asking for according to His will. And if you don’t get that gift exactly on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, keep your faith in God and know that it is on the way. It may not look like you expect it to or arrive at the time you want it to but remember, God is always on time!
Know that when God gives you gifts, not only will it be good and perfect but it will be just what you need and arrive exactly when you need it most. May God’s peace, love and blessings shower upon your lives this Christmastime and forever.
Thank you, Alexis. What a timely message, especially for those looking for a job and in need of encouragement.
Readers, here’s a little more about Alexis, how you can reach her, and where to find her book.
Alexis A. Goring holds 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.
Social media connections:
Official website, http://www.alexisagoring.com/
Official Author page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlexisAGoring
Twitter handle, @pennedbyalex