“Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places” croons Johnny Lee. This song from the 1980’s was on the top of the charts for a few weeks – most likely because so many people can relate only too well.
I believe that God designed us to crave His love. Without a relationship with Him, we experience emptiness which leads us to try to fill that void with people, things, or even experiences. Even believers end up doing this. Blaise Pascal stated it this way “This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself”
When I was in High School, I went from relationship to relationship, never quite finding what I was seeking. Somehow I thought I needed to have a boyfriend to be complete – I had always dreamed of marriage and being a mom. Then one day, the Lord spoke to my heart and asked me “If you never get married and have children, will you still love Me?”
I was stunned at the question. Of course, I loved the Lord no matter what. But I wasn’t living my life like that was the case. So I surrendered my heart and my future to Him.
Are there pieces of your heart that you are trying to fill with something other than God?
Finding Love in Big Sky, Montana
by Angela Ruth Strong
Series: Resort to Love, #2
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date September 1, 2016
Genres: Clean Romance, Christian Fiction
Setting: Montana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Bright Star Ranch led him to her--but will he stay?
Josh Lake is forced to head home for the holidays after he’s suspended from his job in the city, but running into Paisley Sheridan could be exactly what he needed. Not only does she board him at her ranch in exchange for his advertising expertise, but spending the Christmas season with her in Big Sky, Montana, brings more joy than he’s felt in a long while. Is he willing to give up the lavish lifestyle he’s worked for in exchange for the gift of love?
The last thing Paisley wants for Christmas is to spend time with Josh Lake—the guy who broke her heart in high school—but until her bank loan goes through, she has to take all the free help she can get. Unfortunately, Josh seems to want back in her life again, and the town’s quirky coffee shop owners don’t help by hanging mistletoe at every opportunity. Will Paisley succeed in driving him away, or will she find the healing needed to have hope for a future together?
I would like to thank Angela Ruth Strong for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: Finding Love in Eureka, California
Josh spent years of his life looking for the “perfect” woman. He had finally settled for good enough when his fiancée pulled the rug out from under his feet and dumped him. That and the fact he had lost his job had him heading home from Chicago with his tail between his legs.
I really liked Josh, despite my initial impression. Well, Paisley’s impression that I accepted as fact. Sort of. Yes, he was a little overconfident in his charm. Yes, he had been a bit of a player – or so it seemed, but his heart was big and he was so kind. Not many men would surrender their condo to the woman who dumped them because she didn’t have anywhere else to stay.
My heart ached for Paisley. She had been rejected by her father in the worst possible way and she dealt with his verbal abuse for most of her life. He was a real jerk – only to her, though – everyone else thought he was wonderful. As an only child with her mother and grandparents dead, she felt very much alone and longed for a close friend. She had a big secret that added to her sense of not being valuable. . . Josh was a thorn in her side. She had loved him when they were teenagers and when he started flirting with her now, she was terrified of giving in to him. Afraid he would break her heart again.
I loved the cheesy pickup lines he used, especially at the beginning of the story. And the way they were woven throughout. My favorite was the one he used at the end – which I can’t tell you about, because it would be a spoiler. Just believe me when I tell you it was good.
The story dealt with some serious heart issues yet sprinkled with humor I cracked up when Paisley and Josh first went horseback riding. Oh, and at their “ice-skating” competition on the pond! Dot and Annabel, the elderly women who owned the cafe, were quite eccentric and so much fun!