Have you ever felt like life it simply to hard and you aren’t strong enough? We are often as weak as the little fellow pictured above but with the Lord we are strong. In A Christmas Surprise Keira has a very real fear of driving in winter weather due to an accident that killed her husband. This fear is her greatest weakness, and she must learn to trust the Lord in order to conquer that fear.
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Keira Noble peered out her apartment window at the first snow of the season, and a shiver ran through her. Snow set her on edge. Winter in the quaint Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington, always meant snow, but it was only the middle of October—much too early. Taking a sip of her morning coffee, she tucked her feet under her legs and snuggled deeper into the quilt. She closed her eyes, unwilling to gaze at the one thing that tortured her every winter.
“Momma.” Four-and-a-half-year-old Cody padded out from his room and climbed into her lap. He nestled his head against her chest. “What’s for breakfast?”
“How about oatmeal with blueberries?” She didn’t open the candy shop until ten on weekdays, and treasured this time with her son.
“Really? I thought you loved blueberries.”
He shook his head. “I like gummy worms. Can I have them in my oatmeal?”
“Eww. I don’t think so.” She gave him a squeeze and stood, setting him on the chaise. “Maybe after lunch you can pick out a few gummy worms from the bin.” She smiled to herself, imagining he’d be the most popular kid in school someday with his access to candy.
She heard footsteps on the stairs that led to the alley. Right on time. Her best friend, Susan, had a way of showing up a couple of mornings a week for breakfast. She especially appreciated the visit today, considering the weather. Susan knew the fear snow brought on. Just the thought of driving now made her shudder. A rap on the door sounded and Keira flung the door open. “Morning.” She gave Susan a quick hug and stepped back.
“Brrr. It’s freezing out there.” Susan unwound her scarf, pulled off her boots and hung her coat on a hook by the door. “Where’s my little buddy?” She tiptoed over to the chaise. “Boo.”
Cody squealed and laughed. “Aunt Susan, you always do that.”
Sitting beside him, Susan wrapped an arm around Cody. “And you always laugh.” She poked his belly. “What’s for breakfast?”
“Oatmeal, but Mom said no gummy worms.”
Susan snapped her fingers. “Bummer, but I’m sure she’ll let us have brown sugar.” Susan got up and walked into the kitchen. “I have a surprise for you.”
Keira looked over her shoulder and raised a brow at her eccentric friend with the purple streaks in her long black hair. “I’m not a fan of surprises.”
“You might like this one.”
“Might?” She measured out the water and poured it into a saucepan. “I don’t like the sound of this. Spill.”
“Sorry.” Susan pulled a card from her pocket. “Be at this address tonight at six and look hot.”
“Huh?” Her friend had never told her to look hot. She turned around and took the card. “Visconti’s?” She narrowed her eyes and crossed her arms. “What’s going on? I’m not going to show up someplace unless I know why.”
“Oh, all right. But you have to hear me out without interrupting.”
“We set you up on a blind date.” The words tumbled from her lips. “Pete is great. He’s a veterinarian. Josh knows him from church and got to talking with him when he took his dog in the other day and realized the man has no social life—”
“And he immediately thought of me. I need to have a few words with your brother.”
“The two of you set me up? Why don’t you go out with him?” It had to be an all-time low when her friends thought they needed to find her a man.
“He’s not my type.” Susan grinned and batted her lashes.
“Don’t try that on me, missy.” She’d date again when she was ready. “I’m not going.” Keira turned her back on Susan and measured out the oats.
“But you have to. Josh already told him you’d be there.”
“He will have to un-tell him. What kind of person agrees to a blind date at the last minute?”
“Actually, Pete’s known about it for a week.” She ducked her head. “I didn’t know how to tell you, and then time got away from me and…” She shrugged. “You can’t cancel now. It’s too late.”
Her friend knew her well. Of course she would’ve canceled. Keira bit her lip. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to meet the man. Besides, it would be rude to back out at the last minute, and she had always wanted to try the food at Visconti’s, one of the best Italian restaurants around. Considering how small the village was, it was crazy she’d never been there before.
But there was one problem—Cody. Who would take care of her son and what would she tell him? Since her husband was killed four years ago in a car accident, she had gone out only once. Keira didn’t want him to get confused or attached to a man who wasn’t going to stick around. Ack! She was getting ahead of herself. It was only one date.
Susan touched her arm and lowered her voice. “You need this. It doesn’t have to be anything serious, but it’s time you started getting out there again. You keep yourself holed up in this apartment or the candy shop all the time. Live a little. And don’t worry about Cody. I’ll take care of him.”
“Will you come here to watch him?”
Susan nodded. “Whatever you want.”
An hour before closing Keira walked out of the back room and into the candy shop, the boxes in her arms partially blocking her view. Her chocolatier would be making a delivery soon and she needed to get these unpacked before her arrival.
“Whoa.” Strong hands gripped her arms and kept her from colliding with the chest in front of her.
She peeked over the boxes and saw a man holding a charcoal-gray wool coat. “Oh, excuse me. I didn’t hear you come in.”
“No harm done.” He flashed a smile.
Oh, but he was handsome—striking blue eyes, a strong chin and an incredible head of dark wavy hair on a fit body. She cleared her throat and stepped past him. What was she thinking? She had no business checking out the man. He was probably married anyway. “Are you here for the weekend?”
“No. I live in Leavenworth.”
She pursed her lips. She really did need to get out more if Leavenworth had men like this. “Is there something I can help you find?” She set the boxes beside a display she’d been working on.
“I’d like a box of chocolates.”
“That’s our specialty,” she said with a smile. “What kind?”
“I’m not sure. They’re for my date, and I don’t know what she likes. Maybe this is a mistake.” He turned toward the door.
He turned back and raised a brow.
Keira stepped toward him. “Even if she doesn’t like chocolate it’s a nice gesture. And take it from a woman, most of us love chocolate. You can’t go wrong with truffles.”
“Are you sure? I don’t want to look desperate.”
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Have you ever had a fear that so impacted you that it affected your daily life? How did you overcome it?