My outlook on life can be summed up by a short riddle:
Q: What is greater than God, more evil than the devil and you can eat as much of it as you want and never gain any weight?
Hi. My name is Carol Meyer. Throughout my life, my faith journey has grown and continues to grow. During my childhood, I practiced the Jewish faith with my family. My father was from an orthodox Jewish family and my mother was born in Germany in 1933 to Jewish reform parents. Given the nature of the environment in Germany at the time and my empathy for what happened to the Jewish people in Germany during WWII through my heritage, I have been curious about different world faiths all my life. I have sought to understand what different faiths are out there, where they originated, why they originated, what the meaning behind the faith is, and how the people who practice that faith project themselves to the world at large.
I attended the University of Houston, graduating Cum Laude in 1984 with a B.S. degree in Journalism (School of Communications). I went on to use my degree to enter into the field of marketing. As time went on, I realized I missed writing. I am now spending my free time working as a freelance writer through blogging and work on The Secret Trinity novel series.
My hope is that through this novel series marketed to the teen population (at large / mainstream), I can share the hard-earned knowledge I’ve gained about life with young people in a way that will have a positive impact on their lives. The series is not preachy. It involves an adventure that deals with real world issues. By sharing how God has worked in my life through my protagonist in The Secret Trinity series, I hope the younger generation can gain some insight about our Creator and our Savior that they simply aren’t currently getting from other sources right now.
I believe God wants to use my writing to unite the Jewish, Catholic, and various Protestant faiths so they see their similarities instead of just their differences. The common thread woven through each is the God each worships–the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Philosophy about living in a fallen world:
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 409 USCCB)
“The whole of man’s history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our LORD tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield, man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God’s grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity.”
During my prayer life I believe I have been blessed by God with something Catholics and various other religions refer to as interior locutions. This is a mystical concept used by various faiths to describe when a person reportedly receives a set of ideas, thoughts, or imaginations from an outside spiritual source. Any and all Christians have the ability to receive these interior locutions from the Holy Spirit. I am not special or any different from any other baptized individual who is constantly trying to improve my personal relationship with God almighty. My insights are most often received during or shortly after prayer. They are a type of private revelation where no supernatural entity is reported as present.
My favorite saying: “Life is like a good book. The further along you get in it, the more it begins to make sense.” – Author unknown.
My Faith Journey
As mentioned above, I spent my childhood practicing the Jewish faith. My mother was from a Reform Jewish family and was born in 1933 in Germany during the time of World War II and the Holocaust. My father was born and raised in a family of Orthodox Jews in the United States. Orthodox is the very strict, devout version of Judaism and Reform is the least restrictive and traditional version. Thus when my parents married they became the middle of the road version of Judaism referred to as Conservative. They say that you get your heritage from your mother’s side. Thus, I am from German Jewish lineage.
What I didn’t reveal above is that I converted to Catholicism in my early 30s. This is when my spiritual learning curve was jump-started into hyper-drive. I have been curious about all the various faiths on the face of the earth. While none speak to me personally as much as the essence of the Catholic faith I urge you to find God first and ask Him to lead you to the faith that is calling you. In a world filled with hardships, opportunities, and let downs we all need to know there is something more to life than meets the eye. If we are all here simply to live, breath, take, take, take, then die and return to dust, that doesn’t do anything to really inspire. My faith has lifted me above the pettiness alive in this world and allows me to see the beauty of it instead. It is my hope that no matter what faith you choose, you commit yourself to it and learn its richness, learn its life-giving essence. Only this way will you thrive fully.
Now, I’d like to clarify briefly why I chose Catholicism. It is not the people of the Catholic Church that speak to my heart, it is the word and the teachings of the Catholic Church that speak to my heart. These are two very distinctly different things. Faith enters into our hearts when we listen to God’s word. If you scrutinize the actual teachings of the Catholic Church (catholic means universal) handed down through the ages, it always stands up to scrutiny and passes the test of time. Because the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist is the pinnacle of the faith, I consider myself blessed to be able to receive this blessed gift from God. Catholics believe that through the power of the Holy Spirit the bread that is consecrated by a priest actually becomes the body of Christ. This Sacrament is the summit of my faith life.
Unfortunately, whenever people are involved, so to enters sin and corruption. People (the institutional hierarchical / apostolic Church) have commited certain atrocities that were absolutely uncalled for. They have also entered certain rules and regulations, attitudes, and liturgical changes into the faith based on the guise of either modernizing the faith or as a way to reverse course and re-traditionalize it. In the process, things get convoluted when you begin changing things back and forth. When this happens, the door opens for Satan to step in and complicate the essence of the faith, but not the foundation. The foundation never changes because God NEVER changes. It is my biggest hope for all people to get to at least know Jesus before you die. Understand how He loves each and every one of us—no exclusions.
What I’ve Learned About the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
The most basic message that I’d personally like to share is that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the light. Through the Son, the Father was able to come down to earth in the flesh and actually show His creation exactly how much He loved us and that He was willing to suffer for us just as we must suffer for Him on occasion.
When I was Jewish, all I knew was an omnipotent, demanding God who was always telling His people what we could and couldn’t do to be in His good graces. As a result, He was a pretty scary God. He didn’t seem very compassionate at all. In order for His people to be able to come to understand His love and mercy for us, He came down from heaven, suffered, and died on a cross in order to win the war between good and evil and provide salvation for all those who believe in Him and confess their sins and repent.
Once I realized this gift God, the Father, had given us through His Son, our LORD, Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Savior and the second part of the One God in three persons, I gained a newfound appreciation for how loving God really is.
Once I was baptized as a Catholic / Christian, the gift of the Holy Spirit was bestowed upon my spirit and from that point on, the Holy Spirit has been actively teaching me more and more about God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and how they work in perfect unison as the example for us and how we are called to live.
Jesus is the purchaser of our salvation. He was the ultimate sacrifice that earned us grace. After Him, no other sacrifices are necessary — ever. He did this for us free of charge. We could never have earned it for ourselves because no matter how good we try to be, we are ALL sinners—not just people who have committed murder, not just gay people, not just people who’ve had an abortion, not just people who’ve committed adultery or divorced, not just people who are alcoholics or have some other addiction. ALL of us have sinned before, are sinning now, and will continue to sin in some form in the future. Period.
My point, God does not condemn any of us to hell because we sin. He paid that price for us on a cross. Now all He asks us to do is acknowledge the price He paid for us and see His goodness, His mercy, His holiness, and His grace. He asks us to trust Him. If our trusting Him should involve suffering, He asks us to use our suffering to unite us with Him and His suffering and thus allow us to come closer to Him in the process. He wants us to use our suffering for this greater good. In return, we will receive strength from the Holy Spirit to see us through. This will serve to strengthen our relationship with Him. In order for this process to work, we must trust God fully.
What God doesn’t ask us to do is put our faith in people. Only He should be our source of faith. He will speak to our hearts and reveal His true word to us as individuals. All we have to do is ask Him to help us see and learn His ways. Then we must remain calm and patient and listen. If we fall short by simply listening to what others tell us, we leave ourselves open to deceit. This is how Satan opens the door to the destruction of all things that have the potential to lead us to God’s holy path and true joy.
I believe God has given everyone on earth a mission … whether they choose to take that mission or not is the question each of us has to answer to God. As I grow older, it becomes more and more clear to me that my mission is to help unify the Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic faiths. It was never God’s intent to divide His people. Yet Satan has successfully brought divisiveness into the fold. My goal is to show how these three faiths fit together like a beautiful inter-woven story of God’s amazing grace. I am trying to do this through my blog and my novel (hopefully soon to be plural, as in novel(s)).
One of my favorite people of all time was Helen Keller. I love to read her writings because she was so inspiring despite the suffering and huge hurdles she had to overcome in life. Here is a short version of how Helen Keller summed up what I’d like to help the world to see:
“When indeed shall we learn that we are all related one to the other? That we are all members of one body. Until the spirit of love for our fellow man, regardless of race, color, or creed shall fill the world, making real in our lives and our deeds the actuality of human brotherhood–until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.”
It is through the inspiration that God has instilled in my heart that I began working on a fiction mystery series of novels to be promoted, not just to the Christian market, but the mainstream reading market. The series is FICTION and thus strays a bit from biblical history so that I can make the series entertaining for today’s modern teenage audience. I felt it needed some exciting elements to draw people to it that teens of the 21st century could relate to. Thus it has a theme with a never before told storyline.
The storyline is actually an adaptation of the way God uses people in the olden days of the Bible. God used Moses, Elijah, and Jesus to show His power to the masses and help us understand Him and His greater good better. My story takes this same concept, but adapts it to a more popular theme amongst kids today so hopefully they will be drawn to read it.
The storyline still revolves around God and how He works in the world because God uses the main characters for a greater good; however, the concept I use to present these teens to the world is based upon my fictional imagination. In it, the teens are being used by God in secret ways in order to protect the world at large from destroying itself. One teen is Catholic, one is Jewish, and the other is Protestant.
I am starting off this series as a way to speak to teens about God in a nonpreachy manner. I am doing this because it is my belief that it is important to begin teaching God’s values to people while they are as young as possible. Lord knows they have enough exposure to satanic themes every where they go these days. Currently, teens don’t have enough positive role models to emulate in the entertainment industry. I hope this series will turn this trend around. The Secret Trinity series begins while the protagonist is sixteen, but I plan to carry her well into adulthood with the series as it evolves. The novels are from her, first-person perspective.
Because I have been asking God for the better part of 20+ years to use me for whatever He desires.
How God has answered the prayers of my heart’s desire
When I was a little girl, my father always loaded the family into the old station wagon every year and took us on a road trip for two weeks. We traveled the United States and saw many sights. Of all the places we went, I felt most connected to Colorado. I wasn’t exactly sure why, but the mountainous terrain just spoke to my heart. It is like the mountains express to me the gloriousness and vastness of God and His love. I had no idea I would ever be able to move to Colorado from Houston, TX one day. In fact, I never even anticipated it. I simply dreamed of how nice it would be to live in Colorado amongst the mountains and fresh spring waters. Then one day, my husband asked me if I would consider moving to Colorado. He told me how he’d found out the company he worked for had an office there and as I knew well, he had always wanted to leave Houston and Texas for that matter. We had both grown up in Houston and neither of us were married to the idea of living there forever. When he introduced the idea of moving to Colorado, I jumped at the chance. I had no understanding of the demographics of the region and how dominant the Christian faith was in this particular part of the world. I guess many other people found the beauty of the mountains representative of God’s glory and thus have congregated in Colorado over the years as a result. Nonetheless, my heart’s natural desire was answered when my husband and I moved to Colorado in 2005. Since that time, much has happened. My faith has continued to grow and now seems to be growing at an exponential rate. Thanks be to God.
How My Passion Ties in with Our Culture
I believe the U.S. culture has left behind a very important element that once united us and made us strong. We have been prodded by atheists to take God out of so much of our daily lives that the lines between good and evil are hard for the public at large to distinguish. Now that God has been removed from our list of optional talking points in all facets of our life except Church, it makes it difficult to act Godly in the secular world at large. The result, we have been conditioned over time to accept things that should not be considered appropriate. This is why the world is in so much chaos right now. When you take God out of your daily life, you leave yourself and the world at large open to corruption. Writing these novels is my little way of doing my part to attempt to bring our culture back into the arms of a loving and forgiving God.
The Secret Trinity series is my effort to help open the world of God up to the mainstream teenager. My hope is through entertaining reading that modern kids can relate to, this next generation will be more willing to have open discussions about God in their everyday lives. It will give them an opportunity to incorporate something in their lives that has previously been taken away. It will give them a way to “tap into the Source” while reading an interesting, non-preachy, mystery / adventure story geared to help them see how much God is interwoven into the very fabric of their being. (Thus the term “human being.”) It will give them a chance in this world to understand the emotions they are going through are not unfounded.
We’ve already seen what happens when we try to take God out of our schools, work environments, and government. The results have not been pretty. We’ve endured a dramatic upswing in school violence, government corruption, and dissatisfaction in the workplace. When you ask God not to be with you in these settings, He is a gentleman, He will do as you ask and step aside, leaving the door wide open for Satan to have a field day.
Let’s do our part to teach future generations about God and His ultimate love.
I’d like to leave you with a beautiful saying by Mother Teresa:
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God.”
This is my intent. As a result, I’d like to go by “Little Pencil” as a pen name.
If you’d like to contact me, I can be reached by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org