God really does work in amazing ways. I’m learning the truth of that more and more as He works His healing in my life.
My challenges haven’t changed. My husband is still dealing with multiple disabilities. My pesky illness is exactly the same. I still have the same symptoms, and the same things triggering worsened symptoms. But I recently took over a month off all social media, and spent the time I’d been using on Facebook and Twitter with God, instead.
He is so good – I just had to stay still long enough to see that! God used that time to draw me nearer Him, once I stopped fighting Him enough to discover His will for me. It’s made a huge difference.
The healing He’s worked isn’t physical, but emotional and spiritual, Way more important! Though on the surface it looks like nothing has changed, I know for sure a lot has changed. I’m feeling more peace and contentment, and far more trust in whatever God’s will for me might be. It feels like I’ve finally let go of those last remnants of anger with Him over the things that haven’t gone the way I wanted in my life.
That’s a relief!
It also flowed into the heroine’s spiritual change in my most recent story, Midnight Clear, Huckleberry Lake book #3, and part of the Snowflakes & Snuggles boxed set. God snuck that one up on me! I didn’t expect to discover in Chapter 7 that Claire’s issues with Him and the reason she couldn’t let a romantic relationship develop with Ryan were way more complicated than I imagined.
This might be my most personal book yet, as it touches on some of my own past challenges, both as a nurse and as a woman. God always teaches me the same lessons my characters need to learn, so there were a lot of tears as I wrote, but good tears, healing tears.
Claire began fighting God when tragedy tore her life and her hopes apart. Leaving everyone who knows her behind, she started over in the remote lakeside community of Sunset Point, Huckleberry Lake, Idaho. Here, she can get on with life. Pretend the bad things never happened. Teach in the one-room schoolhouse and forget the dreams of marriage and a family she once had. But when her best friends there keep trying to matchmake her, and good-guy carpenter Ryan Connor seems happy to play along, it gets harder to keep her past safely buried. Could it be time to stop fighting, and to trust God instead?
As all my books have a happy ending, you’ve probably guessed Claire, like me, does stop fighting God and find the true peace His grace gives, the calm and comfort of surrendering to Him. I’m praying I can hold onto this sense of what Paul’s “content in all circumstances” (Philippians 4:11) really means. I’m praying you do, too!
God has already given me my One Word for 2018. This year’s word was “flow”. Both letting His love flow through me, and a meaning I didn’t anticipate, learning to let go of my own plans and flow with His will more. My word for 2018 is “still”. It’s time to slow down and stop fighting, To be still and quiet with Him, and let His love and peace flow into my heart, mind, and soul.
Do you choose one word to be the theme for your year to come? If so, how did it work out in 2017? If not, what do you think your word for the year might have been?
One comment made before December 16 will be chosen at random to win an ebook copy of Midnight Clear.
And everybody can get Calm & Bright, Book 1 in the Huckleberry Lake series, free on Amazon from December 8 to 12. I’m hoping so, anyway! If the ebook isn’t free on the Amazon site you use, or if you don’t get your ebooks from Amazon, just let me know by December 12 and I’ll send you a review copy instead.
Plus, fellow Inspy Romance author Janet Ferguson put together a list of free, 99c, and discounted Christian romances, especially for Christmas! You can see all the books on my website, but be sure to visit by December 12 as some of the books are only available at the special prices until then.