I think we can all agree that this year has been more than difficult for everyone. We’ve had to deal with the quarantine, adjust to educating our kids at home, and generally struggled to keep things normal when life is anything but.
I’ve read about some authors who have been able to take advantage of staying home and the quarantine by writing more books than normal.
Yeah, that’s not me – ha! In fact, I’ve gotten very little written in the last six months.
But those kind of writing difficulties isn’t what I’m referring to.
I’m talking about making the choice to write about a difficult topic – one that doesn’t come naturally. I’ve been struggling to write Marrying Emma, the next book in my Brides of Clearwater series. In fact, it was supposed to be written as the fourth book instead of Bonnie’s story. But every time I sat down to start it, I’d think about the topic, and find another book to work on.
Not because I wasn’t interested or invested. Quite the opposite, really. I hesitated because part of what Emma deals with in the book is pretty similar to how I’ve been feeling for a while.
You see, Emma has experienced many challenges and setbacks over the last couple of years, and it’s become difficult for her to see God’s hand in her life. Emma keeps waiting for Him to step in and fix things, or to do something drastic to change her situation. It takes someone from the outside to show her that, while she’s looking for one or two big examples of God’s love, she’s missing out on the dozens of little ones all around her.
I’ve come to realize that this is true in my life as well, especially when it comes to the health of our son. I keep looking for some answer that’s going to fix everything when I should be focusing on all of the little ways that God has improved our son’s life — and mine — over the course of the last 8-9 months.
I’m hoping that maybe, as I write Marrying Emma, she and I will both learn to spot those little things more frequently.
This isn’t the first time God’s used my writing, or a book someone else has written, to remind me of His love.
Have you read a book that’s made an impact on how you think about or view a situation?
You’ll meet Emma in Marrying Chrissy, the third book in the series. If you’re interested in reading the Brides of Clearwater, you can pick up the first book, Marrying Mandy, for FREE at all book retailers.
A marriage of convenience might be crazy… or an answer to both of their prayers.
Mandy Hudson swore she’d never marry. Abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents, she has a hard time trusting that real love will last. When her grandmother dies, Mandy’s shocked to discover a stipulation in the will. Considering marriage to her best friend may be the only way to keep her family’s beloved bed-and-breakfast.
The loss of his job threatens Preston Yarrow’s shaky financial stability. Besides, he can’t watch his best friend give up the only real home she’s ever known. Frustrated by Mandy’s stubborn refusal to let him help, he’s certain they are stronger together than they are apart.