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Even Heroines Need To Trust
Have you, or someone you’ve known, ever faced a life-threatening illness? I have a childhood friend who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I won’t lie. I’m afraid for her.
Illness presents itself in all facets of life. Perhaps the infection is virus-borne, like the influenza that seems to plague us every winter. Left unchecked the ailment can develop complications that further threaten us.
Or the malady is inherited—a DNA link the cause—brought to its victim by a mother or father. Do we wander library shelves seeking solutions? Do we surf the internet for all the sites that might provide clues to beating whatever it is we face? Our lives are spent ever watchful, repeatedly being tested, in an attempt to ensure the disorder doesn’t find its way to us.
In my upcoming novel, Love Calls Her Home, which releases March 1, the heroine, Lissa Frye, faces the disease question. A former Naval Intelligence Officer, she wants what most women her age seek—a new work environment, a husband, and a family, in time. But lurking over her shoulder is the ever present reminder that she could be the next casualty in an illness over which she has no control. Her fear affects her reality. The dreams she came home to find fizzle in the uncertainty.
The words of Proverbs 3:5,6 are familiar to most of us—“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”
Sounds easy enough. But is that all we need do? Seriously, how many of us say a prayer, leave it in God’s hands, and move on with confidence? When our future is on the line, don’t we really want the Lord to swoop down and heal? The sooner the better?
We say we want to trust, but we become needy beggars, pleading with the God of the universe to spare us. Trust flies out the window. Our belief becomes more a matter of wait and see. We know God loves us, but. . .
We want it our way. We hope, we fear, and we don’t surrender to the Father who loves us.
But God stands by us, even then. We don’t have to be strong. We can be weepy and scared. Christ’s strength will carry us through the fear.
II Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
In my novel, Lissa will have to learn about trust. She will have to find her peace. Will she come to terms with her future and trust God to lead her before she sacrifices all?
Psalm 37:5 sums up the matter: “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Good advice when the path before us is dark, the journey frightening, and the future unknown. Holding the hand of God will steady us and lead us on. Somewhere beyond the darkness, the sun will shine again.
Blog Tour Schedule:
February 23: Angela Ruth Strong w/ Shannon Vannatter
February 23: Angela Ruth Strong w/ Caffinated Reads
February 24: Angela Ruth Strong w/ Books, Music, and Life
February 25: Patricia Lee w/ Books N Baubles
February 25: Patricia Lee w/ Miralee Ferrell
February 26: Patricia Lee w/ Christian Shelf-Esteem
February 27: Janalyn Voigt w/ Among the Reads
February 27: Janalyn Voigt w/ Homemade Mythology
February 28: Janalyn Voigt w/ Debbie Lynne Costello
March 1: Barbara J. Scott w/ Kat’s Corner Books
March 1: Barbara J. Scott w/ April Erin
March 2: Barbara J. Scott w/ Petticoats & Pistols
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Will Jayden be the catalyst that draws Lissa and Kurt back together for a happily ever after?