Hello, dear readers! I’m excited to be your guest blogger today. First, I want to thank the ladies of Inspy Romance for having me. It took me a little bit of thinking to know what I wanted to share today. So, I decided to talk about fear. After all, we all have one (or some if you’re like me).
When I sat down to write book 2 in my Maple Run series, I knew I wanted my character to face her fears. So many times, we hem ourselves in instead of living life to the fullest. Jesus came to give us an abundant life, but how can we enjoy it when we’re scared? And I’m not talking about the usual phobias, like spiders, heights, and others. Although those can be gripping, they don’t often prevent us from living life to the fullest.
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
– John 10:10b KJV
My character in Finding Love, Delaney, is a widow. Her husband, an Army soldier, died while serving his country. I wanted her to find happiness, but first I wanted her to face her fears. After all, it’s hard to have true happiness when you’re always looking over your shoulder.
Enter, Army soldier, Luke Robinson. He used to work with Parker, Delaney’s deceased husband. He’s the walking embodiment of her fears. Luke has his own fears. His secrets threaten to ruin their relationship. He also fears hurting her. It’s the last thing he wants to do. But we’re only human. Our humanity can cause us to hurt another when it’s not our attention. The weight of that can crush us and lead to a life that’s half empty.
How do we learn to live abundantly? How do we cast our burdens aside? By remembering we have a God who can handle it. He is capable and faithful and trustworthy.
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
– Psalm 55:22 KJV
How do you combat fear?
Bio: Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.
Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as life enters a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. Just when she makes the decision to trust him, life deals her a heavy blow.
Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. In hopes to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. Only, he never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf or will he finally find absolution?