Lori Soard has a PhD in Journalism and Creative Writing, but she’s hardly the stuffy professor type. She loves nothing better than a good romantic comedy and thinks the good guy should always win and the ending should always be happy.
Lori is a life-long Hoosier and lives in southern Indiana with her two daughters, husband and beloved pets. “During the extreme low points in life, it has been my animals that have seen me through. There is nothing like the deep devotion of a dog or the unconditional love of a cat.” Lori adores animals and while some of her dear friends have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge she will always stand by her belief that animals make the world a better place.
Lori’s author website is at lorisoard.com. She loves to hear from her readers and blogs regularly.
The Voice in the Whisper
In my series, Cupid’s Crossing, some of the books are clearly Christian fiction and others are just sweet and wholesome stories set in Cupid’s Crossing, a small fictional town in Indiana. Yet, woven into the threads of this town is a faith and knowledge of God’s love and God working in people’s lives as they go about their days. As a lifelong Hoosier, and someone who has lived in small towns in Indiana for the past 27 years, I feel I have a pretty good handle on living in a small town. The ups, the downs, and the good and bad parts of small town life.
One of the themes in my first book in the Cupid’s Crossing series, Cupid’s Quest, is God’s great love for us. Once you truly grasp just how much God loves you, it is life changing. It makes you look at your own self and other people in a new light. It is a bit hard to comprehend, and I know I’ve been guilty of forgetting that I am a child of a one true king a time or two or two hundred. It is easy to forget just how loved we are.
Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
It is probably a verse you’ve heard dozens of times, but if you really stop and ponder it, then you realize just how deep his love is. Christ chose to leave a heavenly throne where he was revered as Lord, Wonderful Counselor, Almighty One, Bread of Life, Beloved Son of God, Chief Cornerstone, Great High Priest, the I am, Immanuel, King of Kings, Lord of All, Mighty One… and these are just a few of the ways he is described in the Bible.
I don’t know about you, but for me it is very humbling to realize that Jesus knows me in all my imperfectness – he knows that I called someone a jerk today for cutting in too close in traffic and that I snapped at my husband just because I was cranky, and that I don’t always have nice thoughts, and the million other sins I commit, because I am imperfect. Yet, he chose to leave a place incomparable where he was revered and to be born in the lowest and humblest place and way possible.
He came to the world as a helpless baby – born to poor, simple people-born in a manger with the livestock. He knew what he would face if he wanted to save me and you. He knew he would be persecuted, tortured horribly, see the worst of humanity, and would die. He knew he would have to face the same temptations as we do and overcome them. He chose that for me. It is very humbling when you really grasp hold of just what that means. That kind of love doesn’t exist on this earth. The closest thing might be the way parents feel about their children and the sacrifices they will make, but even then it doesn’t quite cover the love God has for us.
One of the lessons Brandt learns in Cupid’s Quest can be found in the book of Isaiah. “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” – Isaiah 43:20 Facing the illness of someone you love deeply is never easy. But, if you listen and pay attention, you will notice the many ways that God reaches out through other people, his word, and many other little ways. He is that still, small voice that whispers that even if the worst happens that you are going to be okay because he “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3).
No matter where you are right now, how you are hurting, or what you are facing, I hope that you know one thing – just how very precious every hair on your head is to God and how very much he loves you. When in doubt, insert your name into the verse. John 3:16 – For God so loved (your name), that he gave his only begotten son, that if (your name) believes in him she shall not perish but will have life everlasting. It’s powerful when you realize just how specific the verse is written to you, even if you actual name isn’t written in the Bible. It might as well be. He loves you that much. I hope if you get one thing out of this series, it is simply to know that you are deeply loved by God.
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The only life Gracie has ever known has been the nursing home and the residents who are like family to her. Now, she risks losing it all and her friends scattering to different homes if she can’t come up with the money to save the business.
Between caring for his ailing mother and running the family farm, Brandt is stretched thin. Too thin. When his mother begs him to enter a local scavenger hunt, win the prize money, and convert the farm into an orchard, he knows he can’t refuse her anything, so he reluctantly agrees.
While seeking clues to the scavenger hunt, Gracie and Brandt keep bumping into each other. Gracie’s always had a crush on him that keeps her from stringing two coherent words together. Brandt doesn’t understand why she dislikes him so much she won’t even talk to him. If the nursing home residents would settle down and stop getting into crazy shenanigans long enough, the two might figure out that they have more than a little in common.