People Just Like Me
By Leeann Betts
My tagline is “stories that brighten your day” because I like to read and write stories that don’t just answer a burning question, or educate, or even pass the time. I like to read and write stories that brighten my day, give me hope, and strengthen me to keep on going when everything within me is screaming to simply give up.
Because underneath, I think most people are just like me. I have a husband, children, grands, siblings, various other friends and family who expect time and energy from me. I have a job, chores I’m responsible for, and not enough down time. Sometimes I question my faith, wonder if I really hear from God, worry that I don’t spend enough time in prayer or Bible study, struggle with balancing my calendar.
And that’s who I write about—people just like me. In my recent Christmas-themed release, In Search of Christmas Past, my heroine and hero both want something—but they don’t want the same thing. Add into the mix the fact that my heroine is angry with God for not answering her prayers, but my hero has a real, alive, and growing relationship with God, and you can see where some conflict might crop up.
If we’re honest, as believers, we’ve all been where my characters are—uncertain, pining for something more, wishing for things to be the way they used to be. We all go through change, and face it, we don’t really like it.
But the good news is that with God in our camp, as our focus and the center of all the choices we make, we can get through this. I recently spoke with a new widow in our church, and I said how much she blessed me by being in church the first Sunday after her husband’s funeral and in the choir the previous Sunday. She said, “How could I do anything else? God is my life. Brian (name changed) was my husband, but God is my life.”
Her words encouraged me and strengthened me. It can be difficult to find joy in the midst of what seems like the darkest moment we’ll ever face. And some moments are longer than that—they are seasons. My friend’s life is forever changed with the passing of her husband, but she has learned a valuable lesson—God is bigger than the moments, bigger than the seasons.
And so I’ll keep on writing about people just like me—and you. And I’ll keep learning—and sharing—whatever God has for me to learn and apply.
Won’t you submit your life to His plan and come on this journey with me?
Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, penswww.LeeannBetts.com or follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com All books are available on Amazon.com in digital and print, and at Smashwords.com in digital format.
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About In Search of Christmas Past:
Grace Bellows, a senior in college, receives a Christmas card one month after her grandmother’s death, where her beloved Grammie challenges her to an old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Raised by her grandmother after her parents’ death in a car accident when she was eight, Grace has lived a jetsetter lifestyle with her wealthy grandmother. Now all she wants is to settle down and have a normal life.
Luke Fisher manages his family’s Christmas tree farm out of a sense of loyalty to his deceased mother because she gave up her dreams of being an attorney. He doesn’t want to live with any regrets, and longs to escape the confines of loyalty to live a life of adventure in the real world.
Can Grace and Luke solve the clues and uncover the truth about their real feelings, or will the tension and their differences in goals and faith drive them apart?