Gwendolyn Gage is an aspiring author anxious to take the truths God has taught her to the world through the package of an entertaining novel. She’s been writing stories since 2008, and now has three completed manuscripts. For the Sake of One Lost is a Speculative novel about time travel to Roman Ægyptus. The Way of Impressions and Healing Rift fall under Historical Romantic Suspense, and are set in the 18th century.
Gwendolyn, welcome to Overcoming With God. We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers.
Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
Thanks, Carrie, I’m excited to be your guest today! I was well on my way to realizing my American dream by 2006. A homeowner and a newlywed, I had a cool job at Lockheed Martin, one of the most coveted places to work in Dallas. But in 2007, when my grandpa’s health began to fail, God asked me to quit my job and move to Kentucky for a season.
For a long time, I struggled with the question “Is this really God’s will?” Especially after I gave up my job and made the move, only to be rewarded with a hard financial struggle that sent us right back to Texas in order to save our house from foreclosure. We moved in with my mother-in-law who’d been house-sitting for us, and then the unthinkable happened. She didn’t move out. And the comfortable relationship I thought I had with her, evaporated.
Suddenly, the spiritual warzone I endured at work followed me home, and sleep was my only rest. Suddenly, my marriage was under attack, and I was losing control of even what we had for supper at night. I wallowed in self-pity, sure that quitting my job at Lockheed Martin and going to Kentucky had been a huge and terrible mistake. I wrote my first draft of For the Sake of One Lost that year, using it as a way to vent my frustrations, express my longing for a normal life, and make sense of the lessons God was teaching me.
That pivotal year of 2008, God taught me the meaning of “for better or for worse”. Sitting on my front porch one breezy, spring night, I imagined my life without my best friend, and considered a road I knew was not God’s best. By God’s grace, I decided to stay with my husband, even if it meant living with his mother for the rest of our lives and accepting second place. God also taught me how to love my enemy—how to repay cigarette smoke in my house with a salad from Olive Garden, her favorite. How to pray for her every morning on my drive to work. When we lost our house the next year, hubby and I moved in with friends across town and my mother-in-law moved into a rental home. Sadly, she never contacted my husband again. I still pray for her.
Today, the blessings of that lesson in tough love are reaching so much farther than my husband and his mother. If I hadn’t gone through the trials of dark 2008, I wouldn’t have the patience or strength to endure the servant-like ministry He’s called me to today. I’m back in Kentucky, serving my grandparents and other family members who live with them. It’s hard. I didn’t want this. I wanted to cook and clean and care for a family of three in my own home, not a multi-generational household of ten people in someone else’s. But I know that God has put me in this situation to minister Christ’s love in a particular way. It may be that my example will get a family member’s attention when nothing else will. I keep that in mind when my selfishness and pride try to tell me I deserve better. I already have better—waiting for me in God’s city, the New Jerusalem. My version of the American Dream is nothing compared to what God has in store when I’m with Him for all eternity. I can’t wait! Can you?
Gwendolyn Gage blogs at “Serving Through Words”, and you can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Thank you Gwendolyn for agreeing to answer these questions. Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!