So I literally just finished a book and said to myself "I have to blog about this". It is called Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
Its based in California's gold country, in 1850. Angel absolutely expected nothing from men, she was sold into prostitution as a child and survived by that hate. She eventually meets a man named Michael Hosea. Michael is a man who seeks his Father's heart in everything and obeys God's calling to marry Angel. Despite all her expectations of men, her frozen heart begins to thaw. She gets overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear, thinking Michael deserves someone much more suited for a man like him. So Angel runs. It's all about her how her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does..
I would hate to spoil the whole thing, so all I can really say is if you're a woman and you're reading my blog right now... I expect you to go to Barnes & Noble TOMORROW and get this book.
If you have read it here is some things that I took from it:
It really opened my eyes a kind of love that any woman or good man deserves. Firstly though, you have to love the lord and be right with him. That's the main point of the story. Angel began to truly love Michael, she worshiped the ground he walked. Michael could never understand why she had left him, but God spoke to him and told him that she had worshiped Michael, not him and she needed to figure that out. Michael remained pure, and faithful for three years waiting for Angel to some day come back to him. When she did, he was there with open arms welcoming her back into his life. Angel had given her life to the Lord, and was now able to put her past behind and look forward to the future. Michael was a wonderful man. He resembled God in so many ways. He always forgave Angel, he was always patient and loved her with an endless love until "death do them part". That's exactly what I want.
We loved because he loved us first. 1 John 4:9
Another amazing part of the book was about a girl named Susanna. She simply used a shoe box and cut a hole in the top. She would then write down her prayers and put them in the box, signifying that she was giving her problem to the Lord and letting him handle and answer her prayers when the right time was. It made me want to do the same thing. She would date each prayer and when it was answered date it again, and see how God's timing had planned out. I thought it would be such a great way to give all your burdens, worries, thanks, and prayers to God. I loved the idea, so I'm going to start one here soon.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! Psalm 139: 15-17
God has timing for everything, you have to let him handle the things that are suppose to happen. Its not on you're time. Trust in him and he will lead you the right way, and answer you prayers when the time is right in his books. Always TRUST.