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Best-selling, award winning author Cynthia Hickey
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Modern Day Miracle
I tried to do everything that was expected of a good Christian teenager. I went to church, alone if I had to. Attended churches of all denominations—trying to find the perfect one for me. I even took Bible Study courses through the mail. I was doing it all and was very proud of myself.
Right out of High School I got married and moved across country with my young husband who had joined the Air Force. Two years later we had a daughter and thought life was perfect. Three years later, I was divorced and the single parent of a toddler.
During my five year marriage, I didn’t attend church once. Life was going good and God got set on the back-burner until I felt I needed Him. I didn’t call on Him during my divorce or the years following it.
The years following my divorce were wild. I sunk into a deep depression and was too ashamed to call on God to save me. I had turned away from all He had taught me. Yet, I wasn’t able to leave behind my nightly prayers. During the worst time in my life, when I felt I couldn’t ask Him for anything, I still couldn’t fall asleep until I told Him goodnight.
I was remarried in 1989 to a man with three children of his own. We struggled to bring our blended family together. We thought that together we could do this. We never asked God whether we could—or should.
God opened our eyes one day and my husband and I decided that the thing that was missing in our family was God. We began attending church and brought our blended family with us.
In 1991, my husband and I, along with three of our children, rededicated ourselves to the Lord. A date for our baptism was set. I had already been baptized when I had accepted Jesus all those years ago, but wanted our family to do this wondrous thing together.
I wear glasses and on the morning of our baptism, found myself standing with my family at the edge of the pool that our church had rented for the occasion. I took off my glasses and couldn’t see a thing. In my excitement, I had forgotten to wear my contacts. I prayed to God for a miracle. I wanted to “see” my children baptized.
My husband went first--then it was my turn. The pastor turned to him and asked whether he would like to be the one to baptize me. My husband’s smile was answer enough. When I came up out of the sparkling water I turned and watched my children baptized.
That’s right. I watched them baptized. I could see them clearly. With tears running down my cheeks and a face that was hurting from a wide smile, I could see them clearly. When I exited the pool, I had to put my glasses back on.
Although I had spent years away from God, He had stood firmly where I had left Him. He waited patiently for my return. When I did return, God answered the simple prayer of this wayward child of His. The simple prayer of, “God, I want to see my children baptized.”
I hold fast to God’s promise in Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it. My parents, although they may not have always joined me in church as a child, did teach me to love the Lord and instilled in me godly morals. I see now that the choices I made as an adult were never enough to cause God to forsake me.
Since that time long ago, he has continued to bless us. We now have three adopted children who we are teaching to walk with Jesus. Our adult children are now giving us beautiful grandchildren and I am looking forward to the day when I can “see” them all baptized. – Cynthia M. Hickey
About An Unconventional Lady
ANNIE ROLLINS LONGS FOR ADVENTURE
But her strict mother keeps her close to home, working as a Harvey Girl waitress. Until Dallas Baker shows up in town and takes the job Annie really wants—leading tours through the Grand Canyon. Annie's frustrated, but finds it impossible to ignore the handsome outdoorsman.
With her split skirts and modern hairdo, Annie challenges Dallas's old-fashioned notions of what makes a lady. To his surprise, he finds her delightful, until he learns she has no interest in settling down. Dallas is ready to win her heart, but is Annie willing to fall in love?
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Multi-published and Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold more than 160,000 copies of her works. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at www.cynthiahickey.com