In Baby Blues, my characters are husband and wife. They reunited in The Past Hunter where my story is written as a romance. But could Baby Blues qualify as a romance? Many readers expects the unrequited type of love: the boy gets girl loses girl, et cetera type story where they finally admit they have feelings for each other but have to get over whatever kept them apart. Eric already won Julie. (Read The Past Hunter. They love each other, and you will see it laced through out the story.
Julie stepped out of her Jeep and rushed into his arms. He held her, not letting her go, and she giggled at his kisses. She pulled away just a little, her blue eyes full of love. “How was your day?”
Baby Blues is full of suspense. It is a story about a married woman who long for a baby of her own but at the same time, an escaped convicted rapist is out to destroy her husband. A bad time for wanting to become fertile, but God is provident in her ordeal and you could see how He not only helped her but her husband.
"Arriving at Old Fox Ranch, Julie calmed herself, as she didn’t want to worry Eric. She parked her Jeep behind his black truck and stepped out. Off in the distance, Eric stood by a fence, pounding a nail. His two men worked on either of Eric. She ambled to her husband.
Have you felt that way? You love your husband, but you don't feel fulfilled? Paul wrote in the letter to the the Corinthians that it is better not to marry. That may be a hard pill to swallow, especially for me. I have been single all my life, and yet later Paul even admitted some of this gift and some have that gift. He is not saying that we should all be single or seek divorce. God is not the author of divorce and neither did God want man to live alone. If he did, God would not inspired Moses to write that God created a help mate for Adam. God created man for woman and man for woman.(1Cor 11:11 Loosely translated)
God created woman to help man in his work on earth. In the NLT, it states, "But among the Lord's people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women." Earlier in the same later Paul said that marriage will not solve all problems, which was why Paul said it was better not to marry. He was giving his concession not a command from the Lord.
How do you find contentment in marriage? First, you find it in Jesus Christ. Paul wrote elsewhere that true godliness with contentment is great gain. God is being like God in his nature. In the same letter Paul told the readers what God is like or not like. Because God is love, you just replace love with God. "God is kind, God is not rude..." etc.
We can never find true contentment in the world. So what is contentment? Contentment is accepting where you are and knowing that God is taking care of your needs. Paul said that we should continue to live wherever the Lord placed us and remain where you are when you he called you. If you are not happy in your marriage, it is time to find contentment in God, and not in your husband or wife. One another note and that is Christ should be center of your marriage, if he is, then your marriage will withstand anything as Julie's marriage did in my book.
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I am dedicating this blog to reviews. Two have blessed me with their reviews, but American readers will not see it for both are from Canada. In days I will be leaving reviews for books I have read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing!!
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Before death happened in the family, I had wanted to move to Washington state and become a high quality Christian school teacher. I thought God had planted a seed in my heart to move and live there and marry a CEO of that school. I fashioned myself after my name sake. After all, I would be a foreigner in Washington, but the desire faded as anew desire took root in my heart. It began as I read books about cowboys and ranchers. Two books I remembered reading help plant that new desire: The Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter and a Cowboy for Christmas by Kristen James. But where to live? I lived in California for most of my life and I have contempt for California, and not because of politics but because I'm tired of living here. I want a place of my own. My mother didn't live in Iowa all her life and my father didn't live in Washington State all his life--they met and married in New York. After my mom birth gave to my sister, my father moved us to California--where his mother had grown up.
I have done my research and discovered that there are ranches in Montana. (Denise set her book in Montana and she is from Colorado.) I thought why not? A state I have never been too. Abraham had never been to Canaan yet he moved there (though Abraham didn't know where, God showed him). And from there, I have set the Past Hunter in Bozeman, Montana
Julie was a woman after my own heart. Like Julie, I grew up being sheltered by my parents, but her life experiences (except for the rape which I will write about another time),is something I want mirrored in my own life. Julie's first real boyfriend is a rancher from Montana. And as Julie grew up Baptist so did I yet later our religious experience changed from Baptist to Charismatic or Pentecostal.
Sometime later in my life God confirmed through a vision that I would marry a rancher and that desire hadn't left.
I have never thought about writing a series, but authors were doing it. I needed to write a continuation of book one and it named it Baby Blues. Yet I wrote it like a sequel and not a series. However, they get a second chance in the story (more about it in the next blog) so its series in regards to the same couple. I made up for the series with book 3 involving Julie's friends Beth.
There may or may not be a book 4. I'm still waiting for sales on my series to pick up before I write a Christmas story and for reviews to come in. Time will tell.
"You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence."--Psalms31:20 NKJV
"What exactly is the secret place? Matthew wrote that when we pray, we should not pray so that men could hear us for we would receive our reward from men, but that we should pray in a room, with a closed door (Matthew 6:5 NKJV loosely translated). In other words, in a place with just you and God. It could be either your closet, or your bedroom. It can even be a cave! The point is, prayer should only be heard by God. What is prayer? It is NOT a wish list where you say, "God, I need a new car, a better husband," or whatever you pray and that's it. Prayer is a two way communication. It is similar to you talking to a friend on a phone. Do you call your friend just to tell her about our day and not ask about hers? Solomon wrote that a fool delights in airing his own opinion. We should hear the other side too and it should be that when we pray. Many times people would pray and not wait to hear what God has to say. It is in that secret place where God can speak to you.
The secret place is free from distractions. When we are in that place, we should turn off distractions. When God speaks, it may not be audible enough to hear above it. We should off everything going around us so we can hear him. When Elijah was in a cave, the scripture says, that God didn't speak in an earthquake and fire, but in a still small voice (1king 19, 11,12 NKJV).
"Andrew’s muscles tightened. Julie was unusually quiet, and she hardly touched her food. He drew his eyebrows together. “You okay?” He touched her hand.
“Trying to stay in God’s presence.”
Warmth flooded his body. As long as she stayed in His presence that bozo couldn’t harm her. The man was no match for God. When he prayed that morning, he gave his anger and discontentment to God. He even surrendered Julie to Him, and peace had flooded his heart. He would help her grow in her faith. “That’s good that you are doing that. God is here, and He is stronger than your enemies.”
Her eyes widened in surprise. “Oh wow! That is the best thing you have ever said!” She smiled widely"
In that secret place, God will protect you. I often time felt his protection. Even when I go walking on a daily basis, I know that God will keep me safe, but it's not just when I'm outside. At my desk, I sense his presence or when listening to worship music because I am in that secret place.
Have you experience his presence like that?
Note from author Ruthie Madison. I have given you examples from my story based on a review on my book. Please do not use the excerpts for your gain. I hope my blogs have encouraged you in your walk of faith.
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.