Thursday, April 25, 2019

Two Epiphanies + A GIVEAWAY

During Holy Week, I (Laurie) had two epiphanies. First, have you ever noticed that so many of the verbs associated with the Lord begin with "RE"?

For example, He:

  • Resurrects the dead
  • Restores the broken
  • Redeems our debts and failures
  • Revives souls
  • Returns lost things
  • Refills what's empty
  • Receives the least of these
  • Renames the disenfranchised
  • Renews the weary
And so. much. more. Don't you think this common denominator only shows that our Father loves second chances? 

I've been listening to the newest album from the UpperRoom worship team on repeat. In their song "Healer," the bridge repeats these lyrics:

"You restore my heart over and over again."

As a writer, I'm always thinking of things in terms of recurring themes, common denominators, underlying significance, and meaning. My second epiphany was that second (and third and fourth) chances are what I love the most in fiction, whether it's characters rediscovering their worth after being stuck in lies for so long or romances in which people find their way back to each other at the end of the most unlikely roads. 

I think there's nothing our Father loves more than a second chance and people willing to drop their shame, fear, and failure to take it--to take HIM--and make the most of a new beginning. 


If you're like us and love second chances in fiction, one of our favorite authors, Kara Isaac, has a reunion romance on sale this week! Comment on this post for the chance to win ALL MADE UP or buy it for $1.99 here: 


Glynis said...

I've often said that my favorite aspect of God's character is hope. That life does not stay this way. That my heart doesn't stay this way. That there is always a second chance. This post made me smile. Thanks so much, Laurie. I needed this reminder today.

And I've already bought Kara's book, so no need to throw my name in the hat. It anxiously sitting on my kindle waiting for me to get to it :) Love love love her books!

Anonymous said...

It’s good that God gives us the re-dos in life! Thank you for sharing that. I’ve only read one Kara Isaac book, but I loved it! I’d really enjoy reading this one as it seems I have some catching up to do with her books.
Perrianne Askew

Terésa Marie said...

What beautiful insight!

Laurie Tomlinson said...

Perrianne is our winner!!