It Is Well

I’ve received a few messages from readers looking forward to my next book. Thank you for your encouragement. It’s been a little harder than I believed it would be to write, but I’m pushing through life, the lack of motivation and time constraints. Even if I only type 50 new words, it’s progress, and each day it’s getting easier. Yesterday, I even spent an hour writing.

One thing that helps me write is listening to music. It sort of drowns out all other noises and the tyranny of the urgent calls from household chores.

I’m currently working on Dr. Benjamin Northrop and Ellie Sims’ story, supporting characters from The Negotiated Marriage. They’re both a hot mess, and it’s been a bit of a challenge to figure out the right balance. They’ve both experienced the joys of young love, but they’ve suffered pain, rejection, and loss. They’ve been disappointed by life. They not only fear, but also expect even greater disappointment. I want to torment them until they reach their happily-ever-after, but I don’t want them depressing, if you know what I mean.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Joshua 1:5 (NIV)

I playing different scenarios around in my head, trying to figure it out when the song, It Is Well came on. I recalled the story behind the original hymn written by Horatio Spafford and the earthly tragedy that plagued his life. This song  sums up my season, it has helped me remember that no matter my circumstances, God’s goodness and grace abounds, and that when I fully trust in God I find rest and perfect shalom, the peace the surpasses all understanding, a place of nothing missing and nothing broken. I’ve been resting in and seeking to maintain this peace. But when the song began to play, it flipped on a light bulb where my story is concerned. It’s the victory and happily-ever-after I want to give Ellie and Ben. By the end of the story, I want my characters to be able to stand in the middle of a torrential life-storm, lift their face to the heavens and sing. I want them to know with assurance that no matter what they face, it is well with their soul. I want them to know God has them in all their circumstances, that He covers them and He will never leave them or forsake them.

For Horatio Spafford’s story, go here.

A Perfect Fit

I’m trying to find a balance between writing the first draft of one manuscript and revising another. It’s not easy. And for the last few days I’ve hit a dry spot on both. Right now, that’s not an option. I have to have revisions done in a few weeks, and so it takes priority, but I also set a goal for myself on the other manuscript. 15,500 words for the month of October.

It doesn’t seem like a lot but when you add in the revisions of the other, it really does add up. Plus, God has been speaking loud and clear in a few other areas of my writing life. Needless to say, I have a few balls I’m juggling and trying not to drop.

But I wanted to share something with you. My story is set in 1856 and the scene I just finished up is one filled with grief. My heroine is struggling with her faith, with her belief God will carry her and those she loves through this dark time. There is a moment when she is trying to sooth her friend who is delivering her baby too early by singing a song. Because of the historical nature I needed to make sure I found a hymnal that had been written prior to this time. As soon as I saw the title My Faith Looks Up to Thee, I knew it was the right one. The lyrics proved to be more than a perfect fit.