The only reason I’m a published author today is because on December 31, 2006, I surrendered my fears about what people think about me and the fear of rejection and promised God I would write what He wanted, when He wanted. It’s been an amazing journey since that prayer.
Through those years, and whether it was blogging, contributing devotions, or writing my own books or co-authoring with others, there’s always been an element of surrender included in all I do. I’m a firm believer that once we surrender everything to Christ, that’s where we find freedom. In fact, it’s my tag line: Encouraging you to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and—maybe one day—the chocolate.
When I wrote the Surrendering Time series, each book was not just a surrender issue, but also an element of time. Entrusted was Surrendering the present and was about surrendering fear and loss. Entangled was surrendering regret from the past. Engaged was letting go of dreams and trusting God with the future.
Last month I released a stand-alone novella about surrendering the past, but in a different light than I’ve written before. In Match Made in Heaven, Beth Prescott resists accepting Christ into her life because of health issues. Her setbacks have her blaming God and staying away from any church setting. She also had an ex-boyfriend that enjoyed reminding her of her weaknesses and health realities, making her even more guarded.
Then comes along Dean Kellerman. He grew up in a Christian home, but as a young man went on his own path only to discover how far he strayed and how much he longed to be close to Jesus. He’s starting a new life at his grandfather’s home when he meets Beth. As they get to know each other, the issues stand between them. Beth doesn’t trust God, and Dean doesn’t trust himself. The question is, can they surrender their pasts and trust God for their futures?
Well, you’ll have to read Match Made in Heaven, but I really enjoyed crafting relatable surrender themes into this story. My prayer is that readers will find freedom in Christ through my books and these characters.
What surrender issue would you like to see in an inspy romance? Leave me a comment and I’ll choose TWO winners to receive an eBook of Match Made in Heaven.