Love and romance are grand, and we all love to read happy endings. But along with those wonderful happily-ever-afters, comes a certain amount of conflict and tension. If they don’t, we usually don’t find them too interesting. Boring stories aren’t captivating.
But life is rarely like fiction. True, things can get dicey in a good romantic suspense, but how many of us are going to fall in love while fighting for our lives?
More than likely your love story is about as boring as mine. We met, got to know each other, became engaged, and then a few months later tied the knot. No dangerous car chases, gunshots or even doorbells interrupting our kisses (LOL), and no ex-lover hopping out of the woodwork to throw a kink in our plans.
- dirty laundry everywhere but in the hamper
- cooking dinner, again
- cleaning up after dinner, again
- dust in places you didn’t even know existed
What are you supposed to do when the butterflies disappear and reality sets in?
You make a choice. A choice to love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7(NLT) explains more eloquently than I can what love is: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
Notice that it doesn’t say that love CAN BE patient and kind, but that it IS. Read verse seven again. “Love NEVER gives up, NEVER loses faith, is ALWAYS hopeful, and ENDURES through EVERY circumstance.” [emphasis mine] Even when the dirty clothes are on the floor, another meal needs to be made, or another child is sick. And may I say it can also endure through arguments, unfaithfulness, and most other things. (note: I am not suggesting anyone put up with abuse.)
But we have to make a choice. Love is not a feeling. We choose whom we will love.
In my debut novel, One Choice, both my hero and heroine have to make choices, some of them harder than others. Ultimately, they both have to choose whether to take a chance on loving one another.
One Choice blurb:
Cahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.
Prince Josiah Vallis despises the centuries old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?
When Cahri and Josiah meet, sparks fly. Will it ignite a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned, never to be the same?