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Yep, you guessed it ... ISSA NEW eBOOK ALERT.

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A couple of facts about it.

  1. It's Suspense, not Christian
  2. It's in eBook only
  3. It's a short story
  4. It's pretty good

I may be bias, but you get the point.

Synopsis:

Everything I thought about my life turned out to be a lie.
The plans we made and prepared for, wiped out in the blink of an eye.
In the morning and during the day, things seem fine except ...
Plans were being made to end my life while I slept.

In this quick, suspense short read, come along on the journey of Corah and Tyrone Patrick as one of them finds out how life can change drastically while they sleep.

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Dose of Devotion

In case you need a reminder … Here’s a dose of devotion

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says GOD, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”
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Psalm‬ ‭91:14-16‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Behind Closed Doors

“Sometimes adults do things with their hands that don’t always agree with their hearts.”

When loving you is killing me!

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Guess what?

I released a new book!

What's it called?

Behind Closed Doors

What's it about?

Pastor Layton and Lady Natasha Briggs were destined to marry. Well, according to their parents who arranged things before they were old enough to walk.

Now, thirteen years later, Layton and Tasha find themselves at odds. Love, honor and cherish have all been replaced with arguing, accusations, and domestic violence. A toxic environment that is tainting the heart and mind of their six-year-old daughter Lael.

Early one Sunday morning, things take a more violent turn, leaving Lael to make a 911 call that will chill the darkest of souls.

Proverbs 18:22 says, "He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord." But what happens when the love is lost and there are secrets behind closed doors?

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Excerpt

“911, what’s the address of your emergency? Hello, is anyone there? Hello? Unit 1902 in the area of Lockridge Road and Baxter, please be advised we have an open cell phone line. I’m trying to get the location. Hello, this is 911, is anyone there?”

Screams

“Please, ah, I’m sorry. Please stop.”

“You want me to stop? Why, isn’t this what you wanted? Huh?”

“Please. I’m sorry. You’re hurting me. Call 911.”

“Shut up. It’s too late.”

“It’s not. I’ll tell them I did this to myself. Please I’m dying.”

Silence

“Hello, is anybody there? Dispatch, there seems to be someone in trouble. Start an ambulance to the area. I almost have the address.”

“Will you let me see Lael? All I want is to see her one last time.”

“Hell no. If you want to see her, you’ll have to crawl to her.”

Groans, screams and crying.

“Please,” someone begs.

“You made me do this,” someone screams. “You.”

“Hello, is anybody there? This is 911. If you’re in trouble, exhale a deep breath or press a button. Hello.”

The phone is being moved around.

“Hello, are you there?” a crying voice asks.

“Yes, I’m here. Who am I speaking with?”

“My mommy needs help,” she says.

“Okay, I’m going to help your mommy. My name is Maggie, what’s your name?”

“Lael. L-A-E-L Briggs.”

“Lael, how old are you?”

“Six.”

“Can you tell me your address?”

“12300 Lockridge Road,” she slowly says.

“Great,” Maggie coaches, “you’re doing great Lael. Now, can you tell me what’s wrong with your mom? 1902, I’ve made contact with a six-year-old little girl who says her mother needs help. The address is 12300 Lockridge Road. Lael, can you tell me what’s happening? Lael, talk to me. What’s happening?”

Sounds of gunshots.

“Mommy, no!”

“Lael, Lael; Unit 1902, please be advised we have shots fired.”

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While we wait

When tragedy happens, it's during this time we tend to question things. A natural reaction when we don’t understand why one moment you’re celebrating birth and the next, death. One moment you’re happy and the next, tears won’t stop. One moment you’re going about your day and the next, sickness shifts what you know to be normal. One minute you’re driving to work and the next, your car is being slammed by somebody who ran the light. One moment you’re making plans for tomorrow and the next, funeral arrangements.

If I can be honest, it is also during this time we question God, a lot. God, are you listening? God, why is this happening to me/us? God, do You not care that we are perishing?

I don't know everything, yet I do know this, sometimes things happen that hurts, leaves us lost and confused. Sometimes ... the test will be positive for cancer, your womb may not carry a child, your heart will be broken, death occurs, the business will fail, you might lose your job, your organs may not function well, Covid-19 appears, family gets sick, the house will be foreclosed or car repossessed and/or etc. Evil may appear to be winning, but it's not. The storm may seem like it'll get the best of us, yet God is still present and while we wait to overcome, this is what we do.

We pray, we have faith, we believe, we live, we rejoice, we try again, we fall and get up, we take the medicine, hire the therapist, journal, cry, break some stuff, sing, dance, laugh and we wait in expectation of things getting better. Why because they will.

Ecclesiastes 8:6, "For there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble."