I invited fellow author, Crystal Mary Lindsey to share her story.
I was working as an Emergency Room Sister at Caloundra Hospital, Queensland,
when one of the doctors told me I needed to get a life. I was ten years out of
my first marriage, busy working, completing another degree and spending time
with my children and grandchildren, so his words puzzled me. Two days later
he again broached the subject while we were eating our lunch together. This time
I really took note. I told a close friend, one of our triage secretaries and was
stunned when she agreed. 'Hey,' I thought, 'I believe God is trying to get my
attention.' My email gave me the next clue, 'Join American
Well, for one thing I wasn't sure I liked the idea of a Singles
Club or Americans, yet all I knew about them was what I'd gleaned from the
media. Some of the members were on-line as I looked in and one stood out, his
eyes were so sad.
I flicked through a few pages of men leaning against
gorgeous cars, boats or whatever they wanted to impress with. Yet I always
returned to the man with the good face. I could see this man had gone through
much, and his eyes told the sadness. His photo was a simple mug shot, nothing
more. Clicking onto him I said "hello." My heart was pounding like a school
girl caught out doing the wrong thing, I didn't believe in women making the
first move, yet now I had committed that terrible act!
We conversed, seeing
each other via video for about four months. During this time I spoke about my
faith many times. He always agreed and added something to what I'd said, so I
knew he was a true believer.
I traveled to Chicago for a conference and he
traveled up from Tennessee, to meet me in person. Prior to leaving for the U.S.
my daughter and niece had prayed over me, and prayed about my encounter with
Ray. If it was of the Lord, he would call me a name, Sweetheart. Yes he did, and
we married before my three months in the States were ended.
much after our first that he retired early
and we came back
here to live.
Our church in Tennessee is
very dear to us, and talk about
singing and wonderful voices, this church hooked
me in many
ways, and that was one of them. I had been a Christian from
age, and here I felt like I was at home.Due to a bad
fall and knee damage on
our return to Australia, I also retired
earlier than expected
opened another door, one of creative writing. While
living in the U.S.
it came to my attention how little was known
about Australia. I decided there
and then I would write a book
and include some understanding about our great
land. I began
a Blog using my love for
God in every day life. From there a
Health Blog was born as I saw the vital need
to educate the public on simple health knowledge.
I held off publishing my book for some time. After attending a
Christian Writers Conference at Brisbane I changed my book name and some of the
content. God led me, yes
led me,(it was extraordinary) to a retired lay Pastor who was also a published
author of a few books. We didn't meet in a church, but rather in a coffee shop
in a strange town. Through her, I then published with an American publisher.
It has been a learning process, and as with anything that is important, I
have grown and been molded in the procedure.
The attractive girl on her book cover is Crystal's own daughter. You can find it on Amazon.