An excerpt from Love Turns the Tide won the Clash of the Titles Contest. The author, Gail Pallotta, is thrilled!
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Read the excerpt below:
When she strolled on the wooden walkway to the gazebo that overlooked the seaside, seeing the beauty of the water and miles of white sand dotted with sea oats blowing in the breeze stopped her in her tracks. What a sight it must have been for the disciples when they saw Jesus upright on the lake. The Bible said they were frightened and thought it might be a spirit instead of Christ until he told them “…Take courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then Peter walked on the water. As long as he stayed focused on Jesus he never faltered, but when he became skeptical and turned his attention to the wind, he sank. In Matthew 14: 31, when Jesus caught him he said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Why did she doubt? Now when she needed God most with her life spinning out of control, for some reason she didn’t understand she felt more estranged from him than she ever had. If only he would take the weight of the failed romance, the new job, and a new home off her shoulders. She was saying her prayers and reading her Bible every day. What more could she do? She strolled down the steps beyond the dunes amid the smell of salt and fish and stationed her chair in front of the sea, which seemed to call to her. So she waded through it to a sand bar, where the roaring water drowned out every other sound as the brine splashed on her long thin blue beach jacket. While the white capped waves broke beside her, she swung her arms upward and breathed deep again and again.
Before the sun grew too hot, she headed back toward her seat, where white seagulls with gray trim soared overhead, squawking, then landed in a flock and stood at attention like miniature guards of the shore. Suddenly a sandpiper lit at the edge of the ocean and drilled at something so fast his tiny beak blurred. Fascinated, Cammie leaned forward and wondered if she’d ever seen anything so cute.