…one step back. And sometimes in life and in our books, it’s one step forward and two steps back.
In life, this looks like my entire family coming down with the flu (yes, you read that right—the regular, run-of-the-mill, wretched FLU!), from the disabled senior to the four-month-old baby. We all suffered with fevers, sneezes, stomachaches and coughing, and poor Emily got the worst case of all of us. Her tummy is still hurting her even after several days. She’s usually (mostly) a happy baby, but she’s been absolutely miserable. (The nifty ladybug on her forehead is a sticker that shows if she has a fever!)
In my books, when it comes to moving backward rather than forward, it’s generally called the Black Moment, when it appears my hero and heroine are unable to make the leap into happily ever after. It’s more than just something a conversation can solve. It’s a brick wall between them that neither knows how to break down. Sometimes it’s physical (an avalanche in Their Unbreakable Bond) to shocking developments and plans gone awry (A Reason to Stay, out now).
Black Moments, both in our real lives and in books, remind us God is in control of our lives. Often, when things are going well, we forget to offer gratitude for His work in our lives. I’m asking myself why does it take me going two steps backward to turn my heart back to God?
I’m praying that today you’ll take a moment to offer the Lord gratitude for your life wherever you find yourself. And if I can pray for you, please let me know!