Welcome to Songs of Salvation! Each Sunday I will feature a Christian author sharing a "Song of Salvation" to uplift and encourage believers and glorify God.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NLT
Authors, find out how to share your Song of Salvation here.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
This verse is so appropriate for someone who writes sweet romances for a living. I think my readers would agree many of my stories are interwoven with the theme of hope and several include faith. All of them brim with love.
Faith. Hope. Love. Three wonderful little words that carry so much strength and power.
But it wasn’t until I stepped into my faith that I understood just how much.
My childhood and growing up years were in a Christian home with parents who lived out their faith. We regularly attended church and I never doubted God’s presence in my life, but I had yet to really grasp the unfathomable depths of the faith, hope, and love we have through Jesus.
It wasn’t until I was preparing to leave for college that my mother began nudging me to make my relationship with God more personal. Riding on the coattails of my parents’ faith was fine when I was little, but as a newly minted adult, it was time to develop a relationship with the Lord that was entirely my own.
I’ve never once regretted my choice to accept the gift of salvation. Faith, hope, and love in the Lord have carried me through the most difficult experiences of my life. I like to think those three powerful words guide me day by day.
Faith is giving our complete trust to something or someone, believing in something without proof. It goes against human nature to do that, especially for someone like me who doesn’t easily trust.
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
I Corinthians 2:5
Considering it was the wisdom of men (okay, more like stupidity of men) that created my trust issues, this verse speaks to my heart. When we put our faith in the proper place (God), there is such strength and power there.
Faith has enabled me to leap into an unknown future (more than once) and pursue my dreams. Without it, I’d most likely still be working at a job that was slowly sucking my soul dry. Faith has given me wings every bit as much as hope has giving me an anchor.
In Hebrews 6:19 we’re told:
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
No matter what the world tosses at us, hope is there to help us ride out the storm. Hope is what keeps me going when things seem so hard and challenging. It’s the thought of just hanging on and hanging in there because things will get better. I often wonder how people who have no hope force themselves to get out of bed each day.
We have a hymn we sing at church with the line “new each morning are his blessings,” and I adore it. I love the truth in those words because every single day we have a new beginning overflowing with God’s bountiful blessings. We have new opportunities to step out in faith, to fill our minds with hope, and our hearts with love.
I write stories about flawed, imperfect people finding their way to true, lasting love. But I can think of no love more amazing than that of Jesus.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Which is exactly what He did for us.
This business of writing can sometimes be lonesome and lonely. For the most part, authors work alone, spending their days with only their thoughts and the characters in their heads for company (and occasionally, those characters can be maddeningly silent!).
But there are so many beautiful reminders in the Bible that offer assurance we are never alone. In Joshua 1:9 we read:
Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
How awesome is that? No matter where we are, God is with us. Not only that, but we are in his thoughts.
But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me.
I can’t begin to tell you how many times that verse has helped me. In spite of my human frailties and failings, the Lord still thinks about me, is with me, and loves me.
May He be with you and may faith, hope and love fill your heart and mind with joy beyond measure.