Intentional Legacy by Paula Mowery
Have you ever noticed that when someone speaks of her legacy, it usually implies money or material things? For most, an inheritance refers to the amount of money a parent leaves behind or special jewelry or heirlooms. Can I tell you that the most important legacy I have from my grandparents and parents doesn’t involve worldly goods? The most important thing that has been passed down through generations is a Christian faith.
Unfortunately, I have read articles about professors who say they can’t wait to get Christian students into their classes so they can test them. Many of these educators want nothing more than to tear down the Christian foundation parents have tried to build. This frightens me.
As my daughter neared graduation from high school, this issue became more relevant to me. Had I instilled in her the foundation needed to combat some faith-destroying professor? Did she have the tools to fight against the schemes of the devil?
Please don’t think me dramatic. I have watched as unsuspecting young men and women have become disillusioned with their faith. I have sat with crying mothers as they told me how their sons and daughters had abandoned their Christian faith.
Paul warned in Second Timothy about godlessness in the last days. He warns to steer clear of those who seem to be talking about God but really aren’t.
This issue of a godly heritage is at the very core of my book, Legacy and Love. There are characters who have clung to those godly teachings, and there are characters who have abandoned them. One of the characters experiences a return to those godly, Christian teachings.
My hope for myself as well as all Christian readers is that we would embrace an intentional godly legacy through our example and teaching. We cannot afford to just hope our children and those we have influence over will “catch” our Christian faith. If we want them to be able to stand firm in a world against Christians and Christ, we must intentionally create a strong foundation.
I pray when I’m gone from this world that my godly heritage is what others will remember because that is all that matters and all that will last. I thank God for giving me the shining examples of this legacy-leaving through my parents and grandparents.
About the Author:
Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. Legacy and Love is her first solo romance. Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living.
As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.
Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team.
Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a first year college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.
Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.
Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia.
Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?
About the novella, The Prayer Shawl, from Love and Legacy:
Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?