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Have you ever been in a situation which made you feel like you were in over your head? You didn’t know what to do. Life swirled around you while you stood mute, unable to take in the whirlwind that had become your life.
I have. How else could I describe it so clearly?
In November 2001, when I was newly pregnant with my sixth child, my mom came to my house at a time she knew my husband would be home. She sat us down and told me she had cancer. She feared causing me a miscarriage because of the suddenness of the diagnosis.
For my entire pregnancy she was in and out of the hospital, dealing with chemo and radiation. Toward the end of May 2002, she was rushed to the hospital with partial paralysis. After testing, the doctors determined she had an inoperable tumor growing on her spine, which was putting pressure on her spinal cord, preventing her from walking. Shortly thereafter, she moved into a nursing facility.
I remember that time so clearly… The doctors looked at me like I was the worst daughter in the world because I didn’t take her home with me. I chuckle now because of how insane that would have been. How could I, at now eight months pregnant with five
I saw my mom for the last time around the first week in June. I was struggling with sciatica and the walk from the parking lot (at the end of the building) into the nursing home, and then to her room, which was almost to the parking lot INSIDE the building put me down for several days.
My son was born June 21st. It was a Friday. I called my mom that evening. Despite her morphine-induced haze, she understood. I know she did. Tuesday, June 24th, my mom died. She held on for me and my son. Even now that level of love, despite how much she couldn’t show it in person, makes me weepy. Sadly, she never met my son. I thought I had more time.
That was a time of complete overwhelm. I planned a memorial service. I dealt with her home, finances, and all the other things that come with the death of a parent (plus some stuff that I won’t go in to here), all while homeschooling my school-aged children and caring for an infant and a couple of toddlers. I remember bits and pieces of that time. I cried a lot, but I laughed, too. And without a doubt, God was there the entire time, bringing peace, wisdom, and rest when I needed it.
Maybe you’ve been through a storm recently. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as mine. I pray you never have to deal with such a thing or anything close to it.
In my recent release, Broken Valentine, Sarah and Michael, my heroine and hero, find themselves in a storm. They each have to make a decision how to deal with it. Trust God and take the next step, or fall apart and miss the blessing He intended. They choose trust. It doesn’t mean they didn’t have bumps in the road where they wondered if they’d done the wrong thing. It doesn’t mean that they trusted perfectly and didn’t doubt God’s wisdom.
It’s okay to doubt. God’s not afraid of our questions. Just make sure you don’t stay there, but take a step of faith. All through the Psalms, you will see David questioning God in one sentence or even a paragraph, and then he’s back to praising God for his goodness, faithfulness, loving kindness, and righteousness.
But instead of asking, “Why?” ask, “What now?” Why will get you nowhere. If you talk to a meteorologist, many things have to be in place for a storm to form. I believe the same is the case for our lives. This, that, and the other have come together at the same time, and now there is a storm in your life. The storm is not the biggest issue. What you do about it is!
I’d love to pray for you. If you have a need, please post it in the comments section below, and I WILL pray for you. If you feel uncomfortable expressing exactly what you need, a simple, “Please pray” is all I need. God knows and cares about you. I am only a conduit, not the source.
Being stood up on Valentine’s Day is not how Sarah Sawyer wanted the evening to go. It only gets worse when she discovers her boyfriend’s betrayal. Accepting a ride home from her attractive waiter goes against everything she’s been taught, but her choices are limited.
Michael Richmond can’t let his beautiful, yet heart-broken customer walk home, no matter how tired he is after working fourteen hour days all week.
It might be either the best decision of his life or the worst. Only time will tell if their broken hearts can become one, or if they will tear each other apart.
Broken Valentine is the second book in the Broken Holidays Series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
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Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.
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