As I look back on my life, I can clearly see God’s hand of protection. I was a bit of a daredevil when I was young. I played softball for five years, talked my parents into buying me a horse when I was eleven, and I bought a motorcycle with my babysitting money when I was fourteen. I loved being mobile and independent.
When I was seven, I nearly blinded myself on a coffee can when I tripped and the metal rim came off. I have a long scar on the arm that covered my eyes when I fell as a remembrance. I was a teenager when God saved me from a near crash on my motorcycle. Then when I was in my twenties, I nearly drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while living in Israel.
Those close calls made me wonder at times why God had saved me. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite Scriptures: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
My future ended up being married for 40 years, so far, raising four sons, and becoming a Christian fiction writer with over 35 books published. It still amazes me when I think how close I came to dying so many times. But God had a plan for me, and He has one for you, too. Can you look back over your life and see a time—or two—when God protected you?
A bestselling author, Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning fictional romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is an award-winning author of more than 35 published books and novellas. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. For something different, she wrote Rancher Under Fire, a contemporary suspense. Her latest series, Land Rush Dreams, focuses on the Oklahoma land runs.
Vickie has been married for forty years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious nine-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com