Supper at Six O’clock
Growing up in the fifties and sixties, we always had supper at six o’clock. At the dinner table. Oh, how times have changed! Sometimes it seems like time is moving at warp speed and if I don’t anchor myself, I’m going to fly off into orbit. (Never mind what my kids and grandkids might say about that!)
As a writer, I’m often blind-sided by technology, marketing, and answering every reader’s letter that comes my way. There’s so much I don’t know. So much I want to do better. I long for those times when we gathered every evening at six o’clock and bowed our heads before eating a simple meal of meat, potatoes, and a green vegetable. I’m drawn to those carefree days, but I know it’s only an illusion. It’s never been easy.
I wonder if the disciples didn’t feel that way sometimes. They left all that was familiar behind to follow Jesus. There was much they didn’t understand, so much they wanted to learn. Their passions ran deep, but the cost of following their Savior was great, not knowing where the path would lead or where their next meal was coming from. Yet, they pressed on and trusted.
I’m taking a deep breath, remembering that God is sufficient for each day. Whether it’s learning a new technology or writing a scene that is a reflection of God’s mercy and grace, I can rely on his provision. Like supper at six o’clock, Jesus is there. The same yesterday, today, and forever.
I write stories that take people back to simpler times. Themes of family and solid values. But they weren’t always easy as you’ll find in my latest novel, Sweet Dreams.
SWEET DREAMS: It’s 1962, and Dusty Fairchild, daughter of a self-made millionaire and oilman, wants to go to college. Instead she is sent to a private finishing school in East Texas. Although she’s never wanted for material possessions, Dusty longs for independence and adventure. The only upside to attending Miss Fontaine’s is having her cousin and best childhood friend, Paisley, join her. Paisley has traveled the country with her bohemian mother, but she dreams of putting down roots and living a settled life. At Miss Fontaine’s, their loyalty to each other binds them, but when they fall in love with the same handsome young man, their relationship teeters on shaky ground. Only after a tragic accident do they learn where their true hearts-and dreams-lie.
Carla Stewart’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. A child of the fifties and sixties, she recalls it as a glorious time when the summers were lazy, colors were brighter, and music filled her heart. Carla’s desire is to take readers to that familiar place in their hearts called “home.” Her three previous novels have won both local and national awards. Sweet Dreams is her newest release. Learn more about Carla at www.carlastewart.com or follow her on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ChasingLilacs) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/carlastewartauthor).