Please welcome my very dear friend and mentor, MaryLu Tyndall. MaryLu is the reason I found the ACFW and also the reason I am still writing today. She's lots of fun and someone I always can count on for prayer. In honor of MaryLu being on my blog this week I'm giving away a copy of her new release Forsaken Dreams. To be entered answer the question: Have you ever run from your problems? Don't forget to leave your email addy so I can contact you if you win and let me know if you follow this blog for an extra entry.
Are you running away from your problems, or just creating more?
By MaryLu Tyndall
Have you ever wanted to just drop everything you’re doing, your job, your responsibilities, the day-to-day grind, the cleaning, cooking, struggling, bills, problems, etc. . . and go far away, far far away, and start over? Who knows maybe you’ll get it right this time and your new life will be everything you dreamed! I know I’ve felt like this on many an occasion, longed to fly away to some tropical paradise where I could lie on a beach with a cold umbrella drink for the rest of my life!
Well, there are some people from our history who did just that! (Minus the umbrella drink, of course) About 20,000 of them, in fact. It was after the Civil War, and both North and South had suffered terribly. There was hardly a home in all the country where a loved one hadn’t died. But now the South had to suffer not only the humiliation of defeat but the horrific abuse poured upon them by the North. Homes were burned, land confiscated, railroads ruined, jobs nonexistent, women raped. Confederate money was useless and many confederate soldiers were rounded up and imprisoned or even hanged. To the South, it seemed the war raged on and many became completely disillusioned. Sort of makes your problems seems small by comparison, eh?
Before I get cards and emails stating I’m a lover of slavery or a north hater, let me state that I both loathe slavery and was born in Michigan. I’m simply stating the facts and setting the stage for my new release, Forsaken Dreams, in which a group of Confederates sell everything they have and book passage from Charleston to Rio de Janeiro. Each one of them has suffered tremendous loss, each one is heartbroken, wounded in body and spirit and exhausted from all the fighting. Each one hopes to create a new Southern Utopia on the shores of Brazil.
Instead, what they discover is that God has incredible plans for them and a purpose for their journey they could never imagine!
The truth of the matter is, you can’t run away from your problems and you can’t run away from God. If God knows the number of hairs on your head at any given second, I’m pretty sure He knows where you are and what you’re up to! And the trouble with running away from your problems is that you can never get rid of your biggest problem—which is you!
I leaned that the hard way when I tried to run from God in my twenties. I didn’t want a God who dictated my life to me and told me what I could and couldn’t do. I mean, how could I have any fun at all? 15 years later as my life was sinking into a huge dark pit, I realized that I had bought into a lie. It was God who gave life and fun and adventure. Without Him, life was a mess!
The characters in Forsaken Dreams soon come to the same conclusion (Well, at least some of them do) and what they discover is that if they turn back to God, He can even use their running away for a grand purpose that can change the world. Talk about an adventure!
Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?
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