God’s Love and Suffering: How Can They Coexist?

As a Christian writer, each of my books includes a struggle to understand one aspect of God and His love. I am not preachy or over the top (I've had some strong critics verify this), but it's my way of exploring and working through my own understanding of God alongside the characters. In the romantic suspense novel I'm currently working on, I tackle the question of "How can God's love and suffering coexists in the world? How can I trust a God who allows this suffering to happen?" Man, I did not know what I was getting myself into. For the first draft, I did a little research and pushed through the question. When I got the responses back from my [...]

By | 2016-12-05T15:46:14+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Faith, My Journey|4 Comments

How to Have Faith When You Question Religion

Adapted from original post on September 2015. Last year I put out a call on Facebook, asking readers to tell me what they'd like to hear more about on The Busy Life. The response was: How to have faith when you question religion? I have to say, my heart just about stopped when I read it. This is a very hard, but a very important question. I pray I can do it justice, but please speak up in the comments section and help me out! Sometimes looking at religious institutions, and even religious leaders, can be discouraging. Pettiness, deceit, and hateful actions and words are just a few of the issues facing churches today. I was at a church for many [...]

By | 2016-06-16T08:16:52+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Encouragement, Faith|2 Comments

When Anxiety Beckons 

When I was first married, I had an almost crippling fear when my husband left the house. Anxiety would grip me as my mind raced through all the things that could happen to him the moment he walked out the door—car accidents, shootings, machine malfunctions on the plant floor, terrorist attacks. I have an active imagination. It was not my friend. Does this sound familiar to anyone? This went on for weeks. Then months. I was terrified of losing him before our lives truly began. And I didn't know what to do. Then I came across this verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians‬ [...]

By | 2016-04-24T00:02:39+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Encouragement, Faith|6 Comments

How to Have Faith When You Question Religion

This past week I put out a call on Facebook, asking readers to tell me what they'd like to hear more about on Beauty in the Mess. The response was: How to have faith when you question religion? I have to say, my heart just about stopped when I read it. This is a very hard, but a very important question. I'm praying that I can do it justice, but please speak up in the comments section and help me out! Sometimes looking at religious institutions, and even religious leaders, can be discouraging. There can be pettiness, deceit, hateful actions and words, and so many other issues that I cannot name. I was at a church for many years that [...]

By | 2015-09-08T09:40:17+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Faith|41 Comments