I’m happy to have my friend author Jennifer Rodewald back with us today at Inspy Romance. She has a new novel that will really leave you wrecked…but in a good way. It’s an honest and beautiful story that digs into when romance and marriage don’t go exactly the way we expect. That said, I’ll turn over this post to Jen.
“I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19, CSB
What is love?
Is it a place we fall? Something that we do? Soft and tender? Fierce and strong?
Yes. To all of it, I think the answer is yes. Sometimes, though, we kind of forget the half of it.
I love me a good romance. The sigh worthy kind. The kind that makes you smile and feel gooey and warm and happy, as if all is right with the world. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that—I’ve written a couple of those hearts-and-flowers (and cupcakes!) stories—and I believe with all my heart that the God who inspires me smiles on those stories. He loves the emotion we equate as love—He made it (I am also firmly in the camp that claims that He loves laughter and humor as well. Why else would he have created the armadillo?)
Finding Evergreen, however, isn’t one of those kinds of romances. It is the other half—the one that in story we often leave out. It is the battle—the fierce fight to hold onto what was once the easy, gooey sort of love. A romance, yes, but one that is wrought with hard emotion—both good and bad. And one that once again begs the question, what is love?
I believe romance speaks truth at some level—and this one took me deep. What I found in the midst of an angry storm is precious and humbling, powerful and transformative. I found not just the redemptive tale of a marriage gone bad, but the beautiful truth of Love.
I am loved. I. Am. Loved.
The gentle hand of the Father surrounds me. The fierce and reckless love of His heart protects me. And from that place, this soil where I am rooting, growing, claiming His name, I can love like never before.
This is a new kind of romance. Deep and strong and unquenchable. Whirlwind? Yes—yet grounded. No, rooted. In His love.
From that place—the place of being loved—I can truly love. And so, the romance continues. Some days it will be light, full of smiles and sweet softness. Others, it will be fierce. Always, it is beautiful.
So, now it is to you… what is love?
Thank you Jen for this inspiring post. Grab a hankie and get your copy of Finding Evergreen.
Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. The draw to fiction has tugged hard on her heart since childhood, and when she began pursuing writing she set on stories that reveal the grace of God.
Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.
She would love to hear from you! You can find her at: https://www.authorjenrodewald.com
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Jen has graciously offered not one, but two eBooks as a giveaway. Leave a comment by April 30th, 2018 to be in a drawing for one Kindle copy of Finding Evergreen, and for grins (and balance–the lighter romance with the heavy) a Kindle copy of The Cupcake Dilemma as well–to the same winner. (Void where prohibited.)