Good day, Inspy Romance readers!
I’m so happy to be with you today. Alexa Verde kindly messaged me with an invitation to talk to you, and I’m so thankful she did!
Have you ever had one of those days where the water you’re pouring into the coffee pot spills everywhere, or you get an unexpected call of the unpleasant kind? Recently, I was looking at my bank account and found that someone had taken my identity (along with one of my credit card numbers) and signed me up for all sorts of subscriptions. I was so angry, frustrated, and even hurt. I had to take a step back.
Sometimes we are disappointed, discouraged, frustrated, and on and on. We are human. We are equipped with these feelings by a patient and understanding God and it’s okay to feel them. But it doesn’t feel okay to feel them.
Especially in a world where all of our books have perfect endings, the heroine finds the most amazing man, and the problems are always solved. It seems like God continually shows up in fiction, but it can feel like He doesn’t in real life.
First, Beloved, let me tell you. It’s okay to wrestle with feelings. It’s okay to wrestle with God over something you struggle over. You won’t break Him. He loves you deeply and more than you will ever know. He sees you as more precious than any other created thing, and doesn’t want for you to struggle.
But you will.
Why? Why does a good God let us struggle, and go through disappointments and much worse?
Sometimes, it’s actually because He loves us and is teaching us. Sometimes, it’s because an outcome was necessary for us to end up somewhere where we are needed. Sometimes, we never find out.
What can you do to calm your storm?
I do a few things. I do a search online for Bible verses that might help me see more clearly or at least comfort me, then I read them and pray about it. I wish I could claim that I know my Bible well enough to rattle off verses that may be of help, but I’m not there yet. I also have a playlist of music that is uplifting, specifically for bringing me back up from a pit. When I’m able, I write out what I feel. I write out what happened, and what course I could take to avoid pain in the future, or what I learned from the experience. If the frustration is minimal and temporary, I am sometimes able to improve my outlook with a little cookie dough. Seriously, there is something in cookie dough that is a little bit healing.
My new book, Whole Latte Love, is part of a new Crossroads Collection, Betwixt Two Hearts. Some of the contributors to this blog are also writers for the collection, so you’ll get to hear even more about it soon.
My little story touches on disappointment, feeling unworthy, and not seeing yourself as the Lord made you. You are a precious creation, even if you don’t always feel like one. I’m excited for you to read it. I think you’ll find Drew and Addi’s story touches on being human in world that expects perfection.
How do you deal with disappointments? Bless you all, and have a great day.
Kari Trumbo is a best-selling author of Christian and sweet romance. She writes historical and contemporary stories with swooney heroes and places that become characters full of detail and heart. She is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing, or editing, she home schools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one is listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, a cat, a bunny, and one hungry wood stove. Kari is most chatty at www.Facebook.com/KariTrumboAuthor/ or you can follow her newsletter to hear about sales and new releases on her website.
Giveaway (U.S. residents only)! One randomly chosen commenter to this post will receive 1 print copy of Whole Latte Love by Kari Trumbo. Giveaway is open until 6 p.m. CST February 1st, 2019.