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.
I grew up in a Christian home and gave my life to Jesus as a young child. That’s a good thing, right? Definitely. And yet, being immersed in this Christian culture causes questions of its own. What would it be like to hear about Jesus for the first time? To feel that click when you realize there is one who died to redeem you? For me, it always was. There was no deep come-to-Jesus experience. Yes, I recognized myself as a sinner — what four-year-old hasn’t had a tantrum or two? — but I’d hardly lived a life off the deep end!
Years later, I’ve decided that sense of wondering what it was like for others is a good thing. It reminds me to listen empathetically to friends who aren’t quite ‘there’ yet. It helps me when I write characters who aren’t believers. Everyone’s journey is different. God can (and does) meet us wherever we are, whether as a small child, a teen, a young adult, a busy parent, or an older adult.
Much of my life, I’ve felt like an outsider looking in. I was the afterthought of the family, the not-quite-popular kid in school, the facilitator of events where others sang or spoke. Was this the truth? Not entirely, for sure. I’m married to an amazing man whose love I’ve never doubted, I have two great children and four wonderful grandgirls, and I’ve certainly had my moments in the spotlight. Still, that lie of Satan’s — the one that says I’m not quite enough — still digs in its claws.
As a believer, I’ve struggled with feeling the personal love of God. Sure, I know God loves me. He loved the whole world, all of humanity, enough to send His Son to die for our sins, after all. That’s amazing, incredible love! But it sometimes feels… generic. And doesn’t that just fit with that outsider feeling? As though God loves me enough to usher me through the ballroom doors, but I’ll hold back and be a wallflower while others twirl with the King of kings. Is that any way to live?
I’m not giving in to that lie anymore. Not when I can dig into scripture and find verses like
“The Eternal your God is standing right here among you, and he is the champion who will rescue you. He will joyfully celebrate over you; He will rest in His love for you; He will joyfully sing because of you like a new husband.”
Zephaniah 3:17 The Voice
“As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”
Isaiah 62:5 NIV
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
Psalm 56:8 NLT
Don’t we all sometimes wonder what our purpose is for living? God created us, first and foremost, to have a relationship with Him. Yes, a personal one! Isn’t that amazing? Think about it!
And He also wants us to share that loving relationship with others: our families, friends, neighbors, and communities. I’m so honored that He’s given me the opportunity to minister to Christian women through romantic stories that illustrate walking with Jesus through all kinds of circumstances. Stories are powerful vehicles that can take us on emotional journeys, and while we’re laughing and crying and feeling in someone else’s boots, a transforming truth can slip inside our own hearts and take root.
Every day God meets me at my computer, and He pours stories into my heart and mind. These are journeys for my characters, but also journeys for me. Journeys for readers. What could be better than a romance to remind us all of the greatest love story ever?