Today I’m happy to introduce Carrie to you…
ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper.” Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.
Thank you Darlene, for having me as a guest on your blog! I’m posting about making the choice to deliberately pursue joy. I was recently blessed with the ability to spend a month in Mackinaw City, with a few nights on Mackinac Island, too. We had such an amazing time! One thing I became very mindful of was of choosing joy. For someone with an autoimmune disorder (I’m disabled from Rheumatoid Arthritis that has never gone into remission) I’ve known for a long time that despite my pain I had to pursue joy with God. Joy in the Word. Joy in spending time with the Lord.
But up North, I became more mindful of the pursuit of joy in other ways. God surrounds us with people who can either uplift us or bring us down. This was the longest time I’d spent near the area I grew up in since I’d left for graduate school many years ago. And because Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are vacation destinations, you have a lot of happy people coming through because they are there to relax, decompress, and enjoy time with one another. Each morning, from our rental cottage, we’d hear the Shipler ferry dock personnel announcing the boarding times, on the hour. Another group of people were enjoying the opportunity to take a beautiful ride across the straits to magical Mackinac Island.
I have to say, compared to where I live, the people we encountered in the area were happy, upbeat, polite, and positive. The locals almost all either worked two or three hours or if they owned a business, they were putting in 12 hours days, seven days a week. They have to get their work in while all the tourists are there, about three months out of the year. There are only about 800 people who are year-round residents but on any given day, there can be 20,000 people in the area!
It seemed to me, that residents were choosing joy, and to be engaged with people. Where I live, I have to admit, I don’t see that quite so much. And I’ve become more cognizant of “psychic vampires” – people who suck the energy out of you. God doesn’t call us to a life where we continue to engage with such people. Sometimes if God has told us to choose joy in relationships, that means ending certain “friendships” with people who really aren’t our friends. God knows who they are. And sometimes He shows us, too.
Question: Have you had God call you to a life of joy? What changes has that meant for you?
Giveaway: A copy of My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring or one of Carrie’s other books.
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring
Journey now to Mackinac Island where…
A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds.
Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.
Undercover journalist Ben Steffan, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel. While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story.
But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?
Links to purchase:
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring (Barbour Publishing, July 2017)