Dodging Destiny

Have you ever tried to run from your Destiny?

Destiny can be defined as . . .

“something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune,”

but the word can also mean, “the power or agency that determines the course of events.”

For Christians, that power or agency is God. Isaiah 55:11 (ESV) says, “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”  Check out Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) “The heart of man plans his ways, but the LORD establishes his steps.”

Do you remember the story of Jonah? God sent him to warn Israel’s enemies of coming judgment. He didn’t like his instructions and ran the other way. The Lord sent a storm of epic proportions, a ship full of sailors in critical need of calm, and a great fish to teach Jonah there is no place on earth he can run from God.

I wondered how the lessons Jonah learned might apply to modern-day readers, and Dodging Destiny was born. I am deeply honored and grateful to announce that Dodging Destiny, the first novel in the Destiny trilogy is now available to readers. My intent is to inspire, encourage, and entertain you.


Lexie Logan thought she could run from God, and, like the Prophet Jonah, faced a storm of epic proportions.

coverdodging destinymarketing2Lexie knows God has called her to the mission field of Guatemala as a missionary’s wife, but she has no intention of obeying. She has her own dreams: she wants to complete a Master’s degree program in music and to play violin for the Topeka Symphony Orchestra.

As she waits to speak to an advisor, she pillows her head on her arms in the library of Kansas State University in June 2014, and wakes up in the back of a Conestoga wagon in June 1857, four years before the Civil War. Kansas is not a state, women do not have the vote, and slavery divides the nation. She is taken in by the Bells, who are homesteading in the newly opened territory.

While she lives with this family, God teaches her many things about obedience, trust, faithfulness, and love, but the most important lesson she learns is that there is no place in time or space where she can go to run from God, and that there is nothing that can separate her from His love.

When given a second chance, will she obey though there is risk involved, or will she play it safe and settle for second best?

So what is our destiny? According to Romans 8:29, we are to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. What is your greatest struggle as you reach for your destiny?

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