Everyone thought she was stuck up.
My older sister was shy in school. She has also somehow always had a slightly regal bearing and always tried to do what was proper. These things combined to give a perception that wasn’t true.
It is easy to get the wrong impression about people and to make judgments based on what we see without asking questions and finding out the truth. It probably doesn’t help that most of the time, we don’t let people into our lives enough to let them see what is going on in our hearts. Who likes being vulnerable?
In the book of James, we are admonished to confess our sins to one another. I believe we should also admit our fears and weaknesses. Which is something I am loathe to do! But think about it. When we are weak, Christ’s power rests on us (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
What does that even mean?
So here’s the thing. If I am big and muscly (which I’m not!) and can rip a phone book in two or can lift up a car without a jack or some other amazing feat that bodybuilders can do, that is impressive, but rather expected. And I look good and get the glory. However, if with my puny muscles I was to do the whole thing, everyone would be asking me “How in the world did you do that?”
I have always been cautious about talking about my weaknesses to others, especially in situations where I am supposed to be a leader. A few years ago, I had an experience in which I was greatly afraid and had to seek the Lord for help in controlling my fears. I will tell you about that sometime. I was leading a ladies’ Bible study at the time and God prompted me to be vulnerable and share with the group what happened and how He helped me. The most amazing thing resulted from that night. Some of the women who had been struggling with their Christian walk were transformed! The things I shared, about my need to take every thought captive and focus on things that are good and true and right resonated with them and they were able to learn from my weakness and grow in their faith.
While I’m not suggesting you start tweeting to announce all your faults and weaknesses to the world, pray about who God would have you open up to so you can be an encouragement and bring glory to Him.
The Indentured Queen
by Carol Moncado
Series: Crowns & Courtships #4
Published by CANDID Publications
Publication Date July 10, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Eyjania Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Crowns & Courtships Book 4: Royals of Eyjania
King Benjamin is about to have control of his own home for the first time in his life. By evicting his uncle, he can finally become the ruler he was meant to be. Finally live up to the legacy handed down to him, beginning with King Alfred the First, and embodied in his own father, King Alfred the Second. But revenge is a dish best served cold - or at least lukewarm - and his uncle’s revenge comes just two days later when a press release announces Benjamin’s engagement. To a modern-day scullery maid.
Katrín Jónsson took over her mother’s debt to the Eyjanian royal family as soon as she turned eighteen. Five years down. Only ten - or more - to go. Until the king offers her a way out. Marry him, in name only, for a year, then disappear. Her indenture will be paid off - and, more importantly, her mother and brother will be taken care of for life. The wedding won’t change anything about her life because no one will know the truth of their arrangement. A disconcerting incident softens Katrín’s heart toward the usually impassive king. But, even as she begins to fall for the man he could become, she wonders if she’ll ever be more than The Indentured Queen?
Crowns & Courtships Novellas are companions to the main Crowns & Courtships series. It is not necessary to have read the novellas to enjoy the main series, but they add details and depth to some of the secondary and minor characters. The chronological order is below. The first two novellas can be read in any order, but are listed chronologically below.
A Kaerasti for Clari (novella currently available in the Out of the Blue Bouquet Collection) Dare You (novella) Heart of a Prince The Inadvertent Princess A Royally Beautiful Mess The Indentured Queen
King Benjamin had a reputation of being cold and impersonal. If you have read any of the earlier books by Carol Moncado, you have probably wondered what his deal was, like I did. I didn’t much like him at the beginning of this story. He seemed arrogant and uncaring. Yeah. Pompous.
As he began to interact with Katrín and they started their farce of a marriage, I almost despised him and wondered how in the world he could be the hero of the story. He was so focused on his “job” and doing the things he always had as part of it, he didn’t even seem to notice what Katrín was doing and how she was working herself to the bone.
Katrín’s plight tore at my heart. I was truly distressed for her. Here she was married to the king and yet was little more than a slave in his castle and he didn’t seem to know or care. She mentioned more than once on a date with him that she had to be up early to wash dishes and that she only had two half days off per month (you read that right. Only one half day off, two times a month!) and he didn’t even suggest dealing with her indenture to the crown in any way, shape or form.
Slowly, my opinion of Benjamin began to change. He wasn’t really cruel or even arrogant. He was, however, oblivious and didn’t really understand what it was like to not be part of the royal family. To be in need. As he became more aware of life, his more humane side came to light and I began to like him more. Then as I learned more about his life and his fears, I began to like him even more.
Author Carol Moncado likes writing marriage of convenience stories, and she is good at it. She has a way of making you feel the emotions of her characters in a deep way that almost hurts.