Today I get to introduce you to my favourite character from Sarah Grace Grzy’s book, Live Without You. Ms. Cecile, the kindhearted, gentle soul that everybody needs in their lives. Ms. Cecile is the heart of this book. She is the one who is full of wisdom, full of joy, and full of encouragement.
Ms. Cecile works as a nurse, and comes into contact with so many hurting people who need Christ. And so she ministers to them, with an overwhelming love that could only flow from a soul that abides in Christ and is anchored in Him.
This character reminds me of a sweet friend our family met while in the hospital. She is also a nurse, and always has a smile on her face, a kind word, and is full of the aroma of Christ. Maybe that is why I connected so much to Ms. Cecile.
Hello Ms. Cecile! It’s a joy to have you on my blog! Can you share a bit of how Christ saved you with us?
Sometimes, the Lord enters our lives with pomp and boldness and sweeps us off our feet. But other times, He comes in slowly with a quiet voice, and we don’t even notice the exact moment He comes. That’s what it was for me. I grew up amongst a family of Bible-believing, Jesus-chasing Christians, so I was steeped in it, ya might say. So I can’t tell you the exact moment I met Christ, just that it was a beautiful, unique journey to falling in love with a Man who gave His everything to save me. And girl? That’s no less beautiful and amazing and important a testimony than those stories you hear of God rescuing someone out of their great darkness. A testimony is a testimony, and all that matters is that we share the life-changing, saving love of Jesus and what He did for us with those around us!
That is a beautiful testimony! You’re right — a life saved from sin to Christ is a beautiful story, no matter how dramatic!
We know you’re an amazing nurse — was there something in your life that made you know you wanted to be a nurse?
Shoo, girl, that’s an easy one: I wanted to help people. To save lives – in the spiritual sense. And what better way to do that than while helping save lives in the literal sense? It just seemed natural, and there was never any question in my mind that that was how I’d use my life to serve our Lord!
So, are you a night owl or morning person?
Morning person, a’course. But only after I have my coffee. ;)
Same here! Only after coffee am I a morning person! Do you prefer hot coffee or cold coffee? What is your favourite coffee to order?
Definitely hot, girl! Is there any other way?? And my favorite coffee is a Starbucks half-decaf, half-blonde roast Venti with room for extra hot water. Half-decaf ’cause my coworkers force me to. Things happen when I drink full caffeine, ya know what I’m saying?? ;)
Yep! Caffeine can be too much of a good thing!
Was there something in particular which drew you to Piper when you met her in the hospital?
It was her eyes that caught my attention at first. That sweet child has the most vivid brown eyes, but I could see plain as day the pain and fear that lurked behind them. As soon as I saw her, the good Lord said to me, “That one. That’s the one.” And I knew I had to listen to that Voice.
Ms. Cecile, you are such a wise woman. Do you have a word of advice you would be willing to share with us?
Keep lookin’ up. No matter what’s goin’ on around you, you just keep right on lookin’ up. There’s an old hymn I love, and the lyrics go something like this: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will go strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” And that’s the Gospel truth. When we lookin’ at Jesus, and keeping our eyes on His glory, everything else – all our troubles and pain – just seem to get dimmer and dimmer. I know this from years of experience. Just keep lookin’ up, child.
That is beautifully said! Thank you so much for joining us here!
Guys, today is the last day to enter the giveaway Sarah Grace is hosting, so make sure you pop on over. Also, today just happens to be the last day of the blog tour. It also just *happens* to be Sarah Grace’s birthday. I hear tell there’s a birthday bash going on over at Victoria’s blog, Victoria Lynn Blog, so go visit and wish this author a lovely birthday!
Grand Prize ~ $20 Amazon gift card, Signed Paperback of Live Without You, Specialty designed mug. Second Prize ~ $5 Amazon gift card, ebook copy of Live Without You Third Prize ~ Ebook copy of Live Without You
Grand prize open to US entrants only, 2nd and 3rd prizes available internationally. Giveaway runs from 12AM 1.21.19 – 12AM 1.23.19. Victoria Lynn Designs retains the right to disregard any entries that they deem bogus or spam. Good luck to the entrants!
Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.
A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.