1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…

1 Corinthians 13:8 – Love never fails

Chapter 1:

"I'm never going to fall in love," exclaimed Mary-Cathryn Wilson as she was talking to her best friend on the phone.

"You're right. You're going to crash right into it. Especially if he likes waterfalls and shows up with a box of chocolates on your door step." replied her best friend Tyzrah Montgomery laughing.

"I'm serious. I'm sick of waiting. I know I've been hurt in the past, but I'm really getting impatient with God," ignoring her friends humor.

"You know, there's plenty of time for falling in love, you have two more semesters left in school and then you start your new career in youth ministry."

"Maybe…" replied Mary-Cathryn trailing," Look I got to go, my aunt is on the other line."

"Okay. Love you like a sister." said Tyzrah trailing off as she realized that Mary-Cathryn hung up.

Mary-Cathryn finished her conversation with her aunt and went back to doing her homework.

She felt hopeless and impatient with God. She was twenty-one and was about to finish college.

Her best friend was married already and expecting her first child.

She had been hurt in the past by Skyler Potter, which had taken years to heal.

"Lord help me be patient to meet the guy you want for me," she whispered silently.

She needed to go to a peaceful place, maybe, the place where the waterfalls in her local town. Where the canal ran through the western area of her town, and where the old cotton mill was torn down and only the stone foundation was still standing.

When she was lonely or needed to talk to God, she would drive the half-mile there and sit on rocks or a log in the way of the waterfall. She often thought about the dangers of doing that. The "what ifs" often came to mind, but she usually ignored them or prayed. She always felt connected to God when she was anywhere near water or in nature. She also loved to skip rocks and watch the ripple branch out. It reminded her of her life, where there was only one problem, but it could also cause so many others.

She finished her homework and decided to go to the waterfalls. She changed into red shorts and a red tank top along with red flip-flops. It was a nice day in May, and the temperature was hot. Plus, she needed a tan; her skin was still pale from the winter. The water would cool her off and she could ask God for guidance about the "waiting for the right guy" thing.

As she was almost out the door, she realized she forgot her cell phone. Her aunt and uncle might wonder where she was.

She ambled to her silver Ford Focus and hopped in; she pulled out of her driveway and went the half-mile to the waterfalls. She parked her car in the shade and hopped out. She made her way down the path and hopped over the brick and stone wall. She hopped through the small window and was careful not to step on any of the glass. She heard the roar of the waterfalls and instantly felt peace. She hadn't felt peace like this before winter started.

She noticed that the trees were fully green and skippers were gliding over the water. She looked for fish, but didn't find any. She made her way over one of the smaller streams of water and stepped down on to a rock, and was careful not to step in the water. She climbed up onto another rock and continued her journey to a few more rocks. The rocks were more slippery and she prayed to God that she wouldn't fall in. As she finally reached the log in the middle she slipped and landed in the water. She laughed and climbed back onto the rock. Her flip-flops were wet, but they would dry out. She let the peace settle around her and began to pray.

"Lord please let your will be done in my life. Help me to be patient for it. Lord I ask that you send me the guy I'm supposed to marry soon. I'm getting really impatient. Thank you for the blessing you give me everyday. Thank you for my family and friends. Lord I ask that you keep Tyzrah safe, as well as the baby. Thank you for sending her Rayne. Thank you for showing me this place. Help me do well in school and keep my GPA up. In Jesus' precious name, Amen."

She felt much better and made the trip back to her car. As she was leaving she saw someone else pull up in a red Jeep Wrangler.

"I thought I was the only one who came here," she thought to herself.

She drove home and made her way up to the house she lived in. It was an old Victorian and was very spacious. It was two blocks from downtown Eden, North Carolina. She lived in it with her aunt and uncle because it was easier and her mother lived in Arkansas. She had been living with them since she was eighteen. Her aunt and uncle were daily blessings. They guided her and helped her keep on her road with God.

Her cats Valor and Shelter met her at the door and meowed.

"Are you two hungry?" she asked. They meowed back as to say, "Feed us please."

She fed the cats and checked the messages on the answering machine. There were two messages; one from her aunt saying that she was going to be late and one from her uncle asking what time her aunt would be home.

Her stomach growled signaling that she was hungry. She made her way to the kitchen and decided to take out some steaks from the freezer. She defrosted it in the microwave and seasoned it with salt, pepper, onion powder, parsley, thyme, and rosemary. It was an odd concoction for spices, but it worked. She cooked the steak and ate quickly and put the remaining steaks in the refrigerator for her aunt and uncle.

She crawled up the stairs and went to the bathroom to take a shower. She stripped and let the water run over her body. The water was steamy and felt relief as it numbed her entire body.

She was stressed and needed to not worry as much as she was. She really needed to focus on school and not her past or a future husband. She needed to also focus on God's will for her life. In two semesters she would be graduating and becoming the youth pastor at her church. There were some kids who really needed her guidance. She was excited as well as scared to start her new career. Yet, she worked so hard for what she was doing. She would also start graduate school in a year to get her Master's for social work.

She remembered the when she time she volunteered at the Humane Society and helping getting a non-profit animal shelter for her county. It was time consuming, but worth it. In fact, she adopted her cats Valor and Shelter from the animal shelter.

Her cats were her life and world. She didn't know what she would do if she didn't have her cats.

She crawled out of the shower and put on her robe and sauntered back to her room. She crawled under the sheets and said her nightly prayers. She would have to get up early the next morning for church. She was helping her aunt with the teen Sunday school lesson.