Hannah’s focus in life is to race horses like her Aunt Spupaleena.
The only problem is her folks disapprove. Her mother, determined to make a lady out of the young teen, and her father, aimed to keep her safe from the male jockeys, struggle to let her chase her dreams.
Almost ready for marriage, Hannah is determined to follow her own path.
Running Elk, a strong, handsome young Indian, comes to her rescue when she’s attached by one of the jockeys. Hannah sees ‘s him as a way loose from the tight grip of her folks.
Wind Chaser wants nothing more than to see Hannah fail, and he will do whatever it takes to make that happen. He’s ready to make sure no female will beat him in any race. Running Elk makes sure she’s ready to win while Pekam, her Indian uncle makes sure she’s ready to survive.
Hannah finagles Running Elk into a marriage agreement. Until his father arranges a marriage for his son with another young woman. Hannah’s heart is crushed. But Hannah learns she only needs her Creator’s strength to push her over the finish line.
She finds herself with three choices: racing, marriage, Creator’s true will for her, which she struggles to identify.
This December brings us to the same type of struggles. Who or what do we follow? Who or what do we place our identity in?
Writing Hannah’s Journey made me question what I tend to lean against. Who I expected to hold me up. My spouse. My career. My identity of motherhood and grandmotherhood. While all these are important to me, I find myself leaning on things that weren’t meant to take the weight. Things that seem to crumble under pressure.
Only Christ was meant to shoulder my burdens. While my family supports me, I have to remind myself it is Christ who died for me. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold.
Daily, I remind myself that I can do everything in Christ who strengthens me.
And it is He.
While Hannah’s family learns to support her and not hover or demand, pushing her further into darkness, Hannah learns she needs to lean on Christ, as he is the only one who leads and strengthens her. Not Spupaleena. Not Running Elk or her best friend Falling Rain. Not her parents or siblings.
Only Koolenchooten (Arrow Lakes for God), her Creator, her rock.
Who is your focus on this Christmas season?
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