In my novels, I try to show a realistic portrayal of life. In A River Bend, Josh Crockett returns to his hometown to do what seems to him to be a godly thing but he ends up leaving with his reputation questionable to both foe and friend.
Josh leaves his established life in Florida and returns again to his hometown in Through the Valley of the Shadow knowing without a doubt that Marcy James will become his wife to find Marcy questions their future together.
In my latest novel, On Satan’s Island, newlyweds Rainsford and Ivy have their wonderful honeymoon darkened by being shipwrecked on an island of Satan worshippers who will do anything to keep them captive.
The reality in each novel is that good and bad happens to all people. Also, in each novel, a way of enduring the hardships is provided. In each novel, the provision comes from a source or in a manner which is surprisingly unexpected.
I can support the realism because it plays out that way in my life. 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
“… he will also provide a way out so we can endure it.” What might that way out look like? Sometimes for me, it has been a choice between two seemingly good things, at least as far as the human eye (or mind) can see. Sometimes, I thought I could provide the way out of the hardship and made the wrong choice but with good intentions based on sound reasoning. Most of that reasoning was based on what was best for me or my family at the present and foreseeable future. God still provided a way out so I could even endure the consequences of the wrong choice. The surprising thing is God’s provision was one of the other choices that seem to me at the time more costly, even though it was more ethical or moral.
In the book of Job, to Job’s wife, the obvious choice for Job to end his misery was to curse God and die. Job chose the more moral choice. “He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”(Job 2:10 NIV). He continued to be miserable but he continued to believe God would put an end to his misery which he did and not only gave him better health but twice as much wealth and happiness as before the hardship.
The book of Job and what it teaches is difficult to wrap my head around. The conclusion, though, is simple enough and it is better than any other conclusions the world can provide. Job declares it when his wife suggests he curse God and die. How can we accept good from God and not accept the bad? Who are we to think we know more about what is currently best for us than God who not only can see ahead to our future but also future generations. All things work for our good and the glory of God. The glory of God should be my goal and life’s purpose. When it is, I can accept the bad because I trust God completely.
Now, if I created a hardship for you because now you want to know what unusual way provides the endurance for any of the main characters of my novels, I have the answer. You can find and purchase my novels on Amazon or you can contact me at email@example.com.
If you are experiencing some hardship and finding it difficult to endure, you can contact me at that same email above, firstname.lastname@example.org. I have had my share including the death of a spouse and a friend. I will be glad to share what works for me.
Categories: Enduring hardship
I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at Amazon.com or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at email@example.com.