The Calling - Audio

The Calling - Audio
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Cate Jones was a preacher’s daughter – and she didn’t want to be a pastor’s wife. Her rebellion led her to marry the wrong man, and when she realized what she did want, the true love of her life, David, was gone. Through prayer, and the love and guidance of her parents, Cate begins to turn her life around. Her new job teaching at a missionary school in Ecuador reunites her with David and his daughter Sarah. When trouble rears its head, Cate struggles to sort out her feelings, asking for God’s guidance to help her find her place, always searching for – The Calling.

NOTE: This is an abridged version e-book. It contains the complete text as the print version, but lacks the interior artwork and scripture verses. The print book is also available: 978-1-934446-64-5.


When she arrived at Tahoe, she intended to complete the summer mission service while giving God the opportunity to guide her as to His will concerning missions and David. However, things changed drastically when she met Justin Timmons. Like Cate, Justin was there for the summer. He was in charge of the camp recreational activities, a handsome, funny, mischievous and charming counselor. Cate was immediately attracted to him and he was attracted to Cate. She remembered the first thing he said to her.
The second day at the camp, he singled her out and with a wink and a grin said,
"Hello there beautiful."
Cate blushed. Wow! I can’t believe he thinks I’m beautiful. Intrigued, she smiled.
"Hello yourself," I can’t believe I’m flirting.
"How would you like to take a walk with me this afternoon?"
"I–I don’t know."
"I can assure you. I’m a good guy."
"And modest too." I can’t believe it; I’m really flirting.
"Uh, I’m just trying to put your mind at ease. I’m asking you for a walk, nothing more."
"I guess a walk can’t hurt."
"Not at all. You might even discover that I am a nice guy."
After that first walk, she was hooked. Without even realizing it, Cate’s priority became Justin, not finding God’s will concerning David or missions. In fact, Cate’s feelings took over. Instead of growing closer to God, without realizing it, she moved away. She went through the motions of Bible study and prayer, but her heart wasn’t in it. Justin was drawing her heart to him.
She found herself spending most of her free time with Justin. They went on long walks where they talked.
"So, your dad’s a pastor?"
"How is that?"
"It’s not bad, most of the time."
He stopped, took her hand and looked her in the eye. "Sometimes it’s not so hot huh?"
Her face took on a serious look, afraid that she had been disloyal to her father’s calling. "It’s like anything else. You take the bad with the good, and the good usually outweighs the bad."
He raised her hand to his lips and kissed it. "You don’t sound very convincing."
Embarrassed, Cate bit her lip and looked at the ground. "I promise; being a pastor’s daughter is okay. My dad and mom are wonderful."
"They must be to have a daughter, like you." He raised her chin and gently kissed her.
Cate backed away. Wow! I can’t believe I let that happen and–I can’t believe I liked it so much. She stood silent for a moment, furrowed brow, eyes darting back and forth, as she tried to say what needed to be said.
"Justin. I–I’m engaged."
He cocked his head and narrowed his eyes. "You’re engaged."
"Well, sort of."
His head straightened, his eyes widened and his mouth opened slightly. "You’ll have to explain that."
"I’ve been dating a guy back home for about a year and he’s asked me to marry him?"
"And, you said?"
"Ah... But, you didn’t say yes?"
Cate shook her head. "I told him that I’d pray about it."
Justin smiled. "So you weren’t sure."
"No, I wasn’t sure. I’m not sure I want to be a preacher’s wife."
"So, marry me," Justin winked.
Cate’s mouth flew open. "Justin, I like you, but—"
"Okay, if you won’t marry me, just walk with me," Justin laughed.
Cate punched him. "That’s not funny."
"Really, I thought it was," he joked. "You were being way too serious. Let’s just have fun this summer. That’s all I’m asking—a little fun."
"Yeah, fun. Do you know what that is Miss Preacher’s Daughter?"
Cate pursed her lips and folded her arms. "I know what that is."

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