Get A Cell!

Since early in our relationship, Susan and I have made it a habit to stay close through each day with email and text messages. Most times I cannot call her because she might be with a patient. So we “TEXT” each other.  

We suggest you do the same. If you don’t now own a cell phone, get one (We each got a great deal on an iPhone4) learn to use it, and begin communicating with your sweetheart.

Susan and I are never out of touch for more than three or four hours each day that we are apart. I’m at home most of the day, working at the computer or running errands or completing projects on my “Honey Do” list. Sue, on the other hand, is involved with her practice and patients during most days. But we would never think of going an entire day without communicating with one another.

You know, little love notes as simple as, ILY, IMY, PFY. (Translation: I love you, I miss you, Praying for you,) or simple questions like, “Did you check mail?” or “Supper?” But here’s the best part. Sending a text message or email can get very warm and personal if … you ask the Lord to help you write it. For example, here is a text message that I believe the Lord helped me write to Susan several weeks ago. It touched her heart, reassured her of my love for her, and glorified our Lord:

My precious Susan, you are such a joy to me. Your heart for our Lord has captured my love and now all of the wonderful Christian virtues He has placed in your life increase my God-given love for you manifold. Thank you my sweetheart for giving your life to the Lord and allowing Him to make you the wonderful Christian woman you are. ILY, IMY, & IPFY today. Your cp.

Of course, this is a longer text message than most cell phones are set up to handle so you might have to either send it as two text messages or as one email. Just think of text and e-mail messages as holding hands and talking softly … at a distance. It’s no different than capturing her in the kitchen and giving her a little kiss, just because!

When I posted our October, 2011 message for you I promised to relate something I told Susan early in our relationship that she felt was the best “pick up line” she had ever heard. Sue is a geriatrics specialist, working primarily with the elderly. Sooooo, I told her one day, “Sue, you work with older folks. If you were an auto mechanic it stands to reason that you would work primarily on older vintage classic cars. Wouldn’t it also then be reasonable that you, personally, would own a classic car yourself, drive it every day, and keep it in your garage every night?” Of course the classic vintage model I was referring to was ME! This humorous reasoning floored her and she’s never forgotten it. She brings it up from time to time as a poke in my ribs.

God intended that His children should enjoy their life on earth, and then throughout eternity with Him.

Until next time, may the Lord Jesus bless you real good,

Carl Peters

As promised last time, I’m including a short sample of my writing, this one from chapter 17 of my novel, Solo.

 Ski Horse Stables, Vail, Colorado.

The riding trail snaked its way ever higher above the Vail valley, first through the sagebrush meadow surrounding the corral, then up the long sage-and-oak-brush-covered ridge the cowboys called The Elk’s Back.” Three crows skimmed low overhead, searching for some easy pickin’s.

About half a mile from camp a Western Meadowlark warbled from the top of a gnarly pinyon post — a memorial to a once-proud barbed-wire fence, itself now rusted, broken, and sagging to the ground with age.

The mingling smells of the high country gave the morning a robust, like-nowhere-else-on-earth character and even the intense blue of the sky, brush stroked with wispy white clouds, was a pallet in which to dip one’s soul ….

The skirmishing armies of wild flowers, these miniature musketeers dressed in their multicolored uniforms, marched through the meadows and ran alongside the trail bristling like Fourth of July fireworks, exploding everywhere.

A few late pasque flowers — a wild-and-fuzzy purple crocus look-alike — swirled and danced in the singing wind with scarlet Indian paintbrush. The lissome Silvery lupine, decked out in every shade from white to deep lavender, rose up tall on their tiptoes, stretching for a better look as the riders passed by ….

Less than a mile out of the corral the well-traveled horse trail slipped quietly into a shady stand of elk-scarred aspen and began an Indian stalk up through the moist green-ferned forest, bending its back with determination as it plodded toward the sky.

Literally hundreds of sprays of columbines — the regal purple and white long-spurred Colorado state flower — smiled and nodded with royal bearing from every corner of the cool shaded grove as the horsemen trampled by. And no sooner were the troops into the chalk-dusted trees than four mule-deer bucks, antlers covered with brown velvet, ejected from their shadowy beds and escaped down over the side, bouncing their way to freedom.

Addendum: Novels by Carl Peters, now available on Amazon Kindle, above right:

Victory – Heroes are sometimes found in the most unusual places. Victory is the short story about a boy’s daydreams and how he learned “the secret formula of how to make his dreams come true” from a most unusual friend. Victory is an animated adventure for the whole family.

The Tallest Angel – The inspirational family adventure novel based on the short story, Victory. This family story takes over where Victory ends, that is, AFTER RICHIE WAKES UP from his dream adventure! A fun story, part real life, part Disney-like animated fantasy, woven together to surely charm the kid in each of us.

Solo – A twenty-four year old Christian woman, Joy, is tempted to stray from her Lord. But through a series of unique, heaven-sent events she is befriended by Paul, an older man who steps in as the father figure she’s not had for nine years. As their father – daughter relationship develops, Paul gives Joy much-needed wholesome Christian advice about life.

Transgression – Definitely an edgy John Grisham type novel. The story of a sinful preacher and the terrible consequences his sin brings upon his church family. The amazing part of this story is how the Lord eventually brings out the silver lining from the darkest storm clouds. This story is powerful, at times overwhelming, yet gentle in it’s application of God’s truths.

About Carl Peters

Carl Peters set his hand and heart to write in the early ‘90s, producing three novels and one novella through those years. Due to discouragement and a business venture or two, he put his love for words, and his novels, on the shelf for a few years. Midway through the last decade Carl, then in his mid 60s, made the decision to again take up the electronic pen, dust off the old manuscripts, and spin the merry go round one more time, this time reaching eager readers through the marvel and openness of digital publishing. Several years ago Carl lost his sweet wife of 47 years to cancer. The road would have been hard and lonely without her, had it not been for their five children and nine grandchildren, who have both comforted him and kept him running at full speed! On January 12th, 2011 the Lord brought Carl a sweet new bride. This pair is as opposite as “night and day” (oh my, a cliche) but with the Lord between them, holding their hands, they are perfect for one another! More about this couple in their blog and also in a forthcoming novel. And life goes on.
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