Perky Simone is on her honeymoon with Kirk, the man who she met in church a year ago. She married him even though more than a few signals came from the Lord that it wasn’t a God-approved union. Simone convinced herself that it couldn’t have been the Lord who’d advised her against Kirk. The two of them have had nothing but pleasurable times since becoming a couple. Kirk is tender, respectful and considerate of Simone’s needs and desires. He wines and dines her and gets on swell with her family. They love him. Day three of their honeymoon, Kirk’s true colors surface. After a late night supper, the newlyweds return to their hotel room. Out of the blue, a piercing slap lands on Simone’s cheek. Stunned, she places her hand on her face as she backs away in fear. Tears leap to Simone’s eyes. She screams out, “What’s the matter with you, Kirk?” He snarls, “I saw how you looked at that man at the table next to where we sat.” Incredulous, Simone replies, “How did I look at him?” Kirk grabs her roughly by the arm. “With desire.” Simone protests his false accusation, “No, I did not.” “I know what I saw, Simone,” he angrily retorts. Thoughts come flooding to Simone about the signals that she’d dismissed as being from the Lord. She thinks, “Lord, that WAS You. Please forgive me for my disobedience. Help me out of this horror, please.” A knock comes at the door. Simone rushes to open it before Kirk can stop her. It’s Gina from room service, but she’s knocked on the “wrong” door. Simone rushes past her and dashes to an open elevator. She reaches the front desk and requests that a call be placed to 911. Kirk is arrested . . . Simone ends the marriage with a lesson well learned. She now steadfastly seeks the Lord and readily obeys Him. When she’s not sure, she waits . . . 1 Samuel 16:7 – KJV . . . for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looked on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. Psalm 147:3 – KJV He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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