I have an extremely romantic heart. I love love of every variation, and I’m not quiet about it. I probably tell my family that I love them no less than thirty times a day.
That’s a lot of love.
I give my whole heart to the things I’m passionate about. My feelings are extreme in every sense. If I’m sad, I’m heartbroken. If I’m happy, I’m elated. If I’m mad, I’m furious.
My mother always called me a tender heart. I cry over the littlest things. I cry when I’m overwhelmed with joy. I cry when I’m angry. I cry when I’m missing the people I love. I cry when I watch the news. I cry when I hear an ambulance siren. I cry when I pray. I cry in church.
I just feel things so deeply, and those emotions are often hard to contain. They spill out in tears.
I cry every time I watch the old Disney animated movie, The Sword in the Stone. It’s not sad, right? But there is that one scene where Merlin and Wart are changed into squirrels, and the little auburn girl squirrel is all twitterpated with Wart.
Then he turns back into a boy, and the girl squirrel is heartbroken. Merlin already mentioned that squirrels love for life, so my torn up heart is boo-hooing over this girl squirrel who has spent her forever love on an unavailable boy squirrel.
To drive the point home, Merlin gives us a mental image of the power of love. It’s more powerful than gravity–the force that holds us to the ground beneath our feet.
Love is beautiful and tragic.
The Bible is a wonderful testament of God’s love for us. It’s the greatest love story of all time, hence my blubbering sobs during almost every church service.
My major in college was English, and you can imagine what my parents thought of it. It was useless. But it wasn’t about the money I could make if I’d chosen a different career path. For me, it was about love. I had a passion for stories, and once again, love influenced my decision.
I remember the day I first encountered Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem “Love is Not All.” It really hit home for me. The takeaway for me is that love can’t sustain us in the same way we need food or shelter, but it’s vital to our health.
It’s no wonder I enjoy reading and writing Christian romance. It was the clear path for me.
When I write Christian romances, I do so with my unfailing love of people, places, and the Lord in mind. When we read about characters with flaws and shortcomings, we see a bit of ourselves. When characters make the journey to healing, growth, and love, we are reminded of the hope that the Lord promises us. His unending love for His sons and daughters here on earth.
The next time you read a sweet, Christian romance, I hope you think about the greatest love of all–Christ’s love for us–and how we can show that love to others around us.
On June 14th, the Love’s Treasure Box Set will be releasing, and I have a book included called A Thousand Words. It’s a story of truth, love, and forgiveness that fits well with the other thirteen books in the set that feature love and life right alongside faith in the Lord.
You can pre-order this set of fourteen books now for 99 cents, and you can get more books sent to your email if you enter your pre-order transaction number on the Love’s Treasure website. The extra books won’t be available after the box set releases, so I hope you get the chance to sign up for those soon.