One of those moments

Sunset in South Carolina

Eyes wide, my fingers moved to my chin to reposition my gaping jaw and remind my mouth to remain silent. Even if words had formed in my mind, I’m not sure they would have released from my held breath.

Have you ever had one of those jaw-dropping moments? What situation comes to your mind? Not speaking your mind at a family function? Holding your tongue when seeing unruly children with their parents on devices? Or maybe, you’ve experienced something like I did this past week.

On my usual evening walk, I turned the corner where pink and orange hues filled the sky. I stopped walking. My Creator continued his painting around me as beauty unfurled before me. I did not want to mar the experience with a sound beyond what God had created just for me at this very moment.

There is a difference in perspective when you know the context. As a writer, I labor over setting the scene and giving a framework so you can see the story from the characters’ viewpoint.

In Matters of the Heart, book 3 in my Discerning God’s Best series, you meet Katie and Hans. Hans struggles to see God in the details because of his skewed perception of a loving Heavenly Father. Katie is too busy moving forward with her plans to stop long enough to hear God’s voice. It surprises both characters how God pursues them.

When was the last time God took you by surprise and created that jaw-dropping moment where you couldn’t get words out if you tried? Sometimes the lack of these moments comes because of our perspective—like Hans. Other times it is from those things that fill our minds and suck away time—like Katie. My prayer is that you won’t become so immune to God’s beauty around you that you miss the magnificence in the details of His marvelous creation.

Matters of the Heart is a standalone book in my Discerning God’s Best series. To receive a FREE copy of the prequel, visit

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Published by Author Heidi Gray McGill

Heidi and her husband of over thirty years live in South Carolina. Besides writing Christian fiction with relatable characters in life-changing stories, Heidi relishes time with family and friends. She enjoys scrapbooking, playing games, traveling, and building bridges with her grandsons that must fall with a loud crash and usually involve a monster truck.

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