Note from the Author
Although this is a work of fiction, the Biblical truths and principles remain true. If you want your life to change, you must stay in the guidelines of the Written Word and be obedient and patient to that revelation. I have written this series from 2009 to 2011. It helped me to stay focus on what God was doing in our lives, always remembering that He is still in control even if it made little sense. Many of the Biblical truths I used are what God gave us during this migrating process. I hope it will help you too in your own process. As a son of God, you are not governed by the laws of the Old Testament, but by the Law written in your heart. The incorruptible Living Word. It is not enough to say you are a Christian. Or use it as a title, but to live according to the word birthed with in you during your new birth and baptism in the Holy Spirit. These two aspects are necessary to receive understanding and to stay in obedience through the knowledge of the Written Word. Each one of us is confronted with choices, and it is up to us to choose correctly. Each leading to a different path. At first, it may seem that life leads to death, but when you stick with the Word, you will be resurrected. For each, the length of that path differs, but we need to stay focus on the doctrine of the Word, the fellowship of the brethren, the breaking of bread and prayer. Without these four pillars, you cannot experience the fullness promised by Christ. I still walk on the road every day. May you too find peace between the pages of the Written Word. I bless you and wish you peace. Lynelle, Ephesians 1:11-23.
The Source of Joy
Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. NIV.
How true that is of our situation today. Many are asking. “Who can show us any good?” There is a kind of disillusionment, a pessimism in the air – particularly perhaps in the realm of politics – a dearth of confidence in leadership, a series of agonizing frustrations that have passed over us in recent decades. But in the midst of all this there is an answer.
Who can show us any good? David the psalmist then goes on, “Let the light of Your face shine upon us, O Lord.” Real goodness has only one source. It comes from the Lord, and when He lifts up the light of His face upon us, that light dispels our darkness, our anxieties, our worries, our fears. We are filled with joy.
David says, “You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.” There’s a kind of pleasure and satisfaction and happiness that we get from material abundance, but there’s something different that comes only from the light of God’s countenance upon our lives. True joy that excels anything that we can get from mere material prosperity or security or satisfaction. So remember, it’s the light of God’s countenance that will make your life meaningful and secure.
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- How realistic do you find the characters?
- Is there any part within the story that's unclear?
- Since I know little about America or ranch life, your input on any of these topics will be taken into consideration. I try to do as much research as possible, but it's possible to still miss something. This will help to make the story more believable.
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A Source of Joy
Source of Joy is a story of love and loss that brings a few generations together in a mutual bond of understanding and faith. Following the path of less resistance, be faithful to one’s dreams and God’s word might be harder than they thought.
One woman’s quest to be reunited with her son has a snowball effect on all she encounters. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Simone Stevenson walks a road of unfulfilled dreams while she remains in the shadows of a foolish man. As soon as her son follows his dreams, she withdraws in a shell of propriety and becomes a puppet with a lonely existence.
When she tastes the freedom at the Conway Ranch, she realised she cannot return to her old manner of life. Back in South Africa, danger meets her as John Stevenson's secrets threaten to surface. She learns to cope with this growing tension and spend much time against the mountains of Camps Bay for guidance. That her son is happy helps to ease the pain of separation and she waits patiently for her next move.
Bending the rules to keep his secret, John Stevenson will stop at nothing. Even commit murder if that will keep his secret safe. Living a double life, he soon realises that he has choices to make.
Against his father’s wishes, James Stevenson ends up on a Montana Ranch where the owner and his son teach him about ranch life, horses, and the freedom to follow your dream. Only during her brief visit does he realise the price she pays to visit him, and it leaves him with more questions.
Tripp Calloway leads a quiet existence in the Montana valley nestled between mountains and rivers where peace reigns. He heads the ranch with a strict hand and brook no excuses while he allows his son the space to grow. It is only when he meets Simone Stevenson that he realises he wants more in life. He, too, is challenged with lies that threaten to derail him and has to set his longing for a family aside. But a promise from God helps him to remain faithful to his dream and take this momentary delay as part of his process.
Celeste Stevenson knows about Simone, but Simone doesn’t know about Celeste. With her family at risk, she stop at nothing to keep her secret from being discovered.
All the characters involved in the plot trust God for a breakthrough in their lives. Will they listen or will life take its course and ran wild through them? How will the decisions they make now affect their futures later? Will Simone’s dream be fulfilled, or will she remain married to a foolish man?
Tracy Marshall is the daughter of Ben Marshall, a neighbouring ranch owner, with a crush on James. When Tripp offers her a position at the Conway Ranch, it gives her time to get better acquainted with the South African. But the two lovers might not overcome the brother's interference.
Travis Calloway has trust issues since his mother left him at a very young age. Simone helps him to get over this distrust and introduce him to a woman who works in the local diner. After an enormous loss, he asks God for help and has to trust His guidance as he continues to find his way.
A young flight attendant ends up in Billings, Montana. A world foreign to her. With nothing left to do, Mindy Botha follows a woman she has met once in her life to an unknown destination. The divine intervention connects her with a man so perfect for her she follows him blindly. Will she be able to put her dreams aside and follow God’s direction instead?
Bible verses used
The story of Abigail and David: 1 Samuel 26
Isaac and Rebecca: Genesis 24
Luke 24:13 - 53
John 6:26 – 58
1 Corinthians 10:16-22
Wait on the Lord