Thursday, September 15, 2016

HOW i GET OVER ROUGH PATHS



 
Rough Paths

By Ginger Solomon

Have you ever gone through something in your life where it seemed like every time you took a step, you tripped and fell? Nothing seemed to go right, no matter how hard you tried.

I have.

First, it’s depressing because you feel like God has abandoned you. Second, you just want to give up. Why fight when you only ever lose?

But I’m here to tell you, keep fighting. Don’t give up. God’s got your back. He will help you along. When you stumble, He is there to pick you up.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)




Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (NLT) But do we use the Word as our light? Do we trust Him to guide our feet?

I know for me that during those times of rough paths, I have strayed from what God has told me to do. I’m NOT saying you have. Sometimes those rough places come because of others’ actions and not our own. I know people who have had some seriously rough paths to walk through no fault of their own. BUT GOD was always there, guiding, protecting, and providing peace.

In my recent novella, Learning from Experience, one of my secondary characters shares this with my hero: God has a way of making even the roughest paths lead to good things. It’s a variation of the verse in Romans that says, And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (8:28, ESV)

It’s hard, though. I know that. Oh, how I know it. It’s hard to trust that the dark place you’re in right now will be nothing but a distant memory in the future. It’s hard to trust that anything good can possibly come from it. BUT GOD promises that something good will come from where you are IF you love Him, and He never goes back on His promises.

If you’ve been on a rough path and came out on the other side into the good, please share your encouragement for those in that place right now. One commenter will receive a PDF copy of my novella, Learning from Experience (featured in the boxed set Falling for You).

MEET GINGER SOLOMON

Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she’s busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, it’s on her mind. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com. She has two full-length novels and three novellas published. In addition she has several manuscripts scheduled to release in 2016.


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Learning from Experience blurb:

Lexi Ross loves the life she’s created for herself as an art gallery manager. She enjoys promoting the work of up-and-coming artists. When Nathan Vanderwahl, her boss and her late friend’s older brother, steps through the door of her gallery, his appearance resurrects feelings she’s buried so deep, she’s almost forgotten, and turns her world upside-down.

Because of his father’s death-bed request, Nathan shoves his reservations to the side and visits Lexi. When she asks him to leave her alone, he promises he will, if she’ll go see his father. Even if it breaks his heart to do it.

An old man and his will change everything for them. Can they learn from his experience or will they hold on to the hurts of the past and walk away from a promising future?


Falling for You   (featuring Learning from Experience) is available at Amazon(releases 9/13, but available