Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. A former magazine writer, she is the author of romantic novella REDEEMING GRACE, The Georgia Gold Series (SAUTEE SHADOWS, THE GRAY DIVIDE, THE CRIMSON BLOOM, and BRIGHT AS GOLD – winner of the 2015 John Esten Cooke Award for outstanding Southern literature) and The Restoration Trilogy (WHITE, WIDOW and WITCH). Denise is a wife and swim mom of two daughters who always pauses for old houses, coffee and chocolate!
Finding Our God Given Purpose in Life
by Denise Weimer
Everyone wants to know their life has meaning and purpose, and as Christians we can take that a step further. We want that meaning and purpose to be for God. Ephesians 2:10 promises us that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” I believe these “good works” extend beyond acts of service and Christian charity to God’s unique calling on each of our lives.
In my new Restoration Trilogy, historic preservation graduate Jennifer Rushmore always pictured her dream job as working for a big firm in Savannah. The insecurities stemming from a painful past make her more comfortable on-site or behind a desk. But when she accepts the stop-gap assignment of restoring brooding bachelor Michael Johnson’s historic doctors’ house, apothecary shop and log cabin, her fascination with the local community of Hermon takes her by surprise. “Mental visions” of what the once-thriving railroad town could be like if brought back to life with the right flair nudge Jennifer to share her ideas with local artisans and officials. Before she knows it, she’s garnered a job offer as a Main Street manager – one that would push her right out of her comfort zone behind the scenes, into fund-raising and publicity. And into the county’s heart!
God uses Jennifer’s developing friendships and community involvement as two steps in a process of a spiritual restoration, guiding her toward becoming the best Jennifer she can be. Gradually, He unfolds His plan for her life. When Jennifer expresses her uncertainty about the Main Street position to Michael in my newest release, Widow (book two), he tells her, “When your heart’s in something, your enthusiasm makes what’s otherwise hard easy.”
So what about us? How do we recognize God’s calling for our lives? Let me offer a few observations along those lines:
- It’s often said you can find God’s will at the juncture of your passions, talents and a need or void.
- A sign that you might have arrived at that juncture of passion, talent and need is when you’re the person who can see something coming out of nothing … that new business idea, invention, ministry, song, etc. How beautiful that God allows us to mirror Him in creative process.
- We tend to assume a lot about this dream of ours: with whom, when, how or where the big “it” will happen. But expect surprises. God loves to put us in situations and with people that stretch us. So mind your “nevers.” Once, as part of a lovely, three-year character stretching exercise, I ended up doing three types of jobs I said I’d “never” do! I still laugh at how terribly awkward I was, but I think God just wanted me to know that with Him, I could do all things! And, each of those jobs uniquely prepared me for what came next.
By all means, I hope you’ll read about Jennifer’s restoration journey in White, Widow and Witch. But even more, if you’re uncertain about your life purpose, I hope you’ll tell God you want to find that perfect juncture of His will for you! That’s when the really exciting chapter begins.
The Restoration Trilogy: When Jennifer Rushmore accepts a brooding bachelor’s job offer to act as coordinator for the restoration of his family’s historic doctor’s house (WHITE), apothecary (WIDOW) and log cabin (WITCH) in a rural Georgia community, little does she know it’s her own heart that will undergo the greatest renovation. Three stories. Three centuries. Three lessons on the healing of the heart. And one buried mystery that threatens their redemption.
WIDOW: Jennifer Rushmore has overseen the restoration of Michael Johnson’s ancestors’ doctor’s house long enough to work through their initial differences. Now the apothecary shop discloses a heart-breaking tale circa 1870 Georgia, shaking loose Jennifer’s own carefully suppressed past. She fears that when Michael sees beyond her façade, her tentative steps toward trust and love may disintegrate into rubble. On her journey to forgiveness, Jennifer draws on her new faith and friendships, even as the mysterious accidents clouding her first preservation job escalate into imminent danger.