Sunday, October 18, 2015

God, A Romantic?

Welcome to my sweet Christian friend and author, Patty Smith Hall! 

And the LORD GOD said, It is not good than man should be alone; I will make a helpmeet for him.”’ Genesis 2:18 KJV

     Love! Romance! Commitment!
     And thats just Genesis, folks!
     A lot of folks dont know this but I almost gave up writing Christian romance years ago. It was after a published author I admired told me to stop writing fluff and work on something that would bring honor to the Lord. The pain I felt at those words! I knew God had called me to write romance but I couldnt help wondering if this author had a point. Were the books I was writing fluff in Gods eyes?
     I looked no further than Genesis for the answer, and can now make a daring statement.
     Our God is a romantic.
     Lets look at the facts. In the first two chapters of Genesis, the Lord worked a masterpiece. Light and darkness. Earth and sky. The seasons. Fully matured plants and fruits to sustain all the animals. And of course, man.
     Youd think that would be enough, wouldnt you?
     But even in all that splendor, God saw a problem. Man was alone. Some folks might asked why God didnt make Adam and Eve at the same time. After all, He knew man wouldnt like being alone. Maybe God exposed man to solitude for a reason.
     Think about that first meeting. After having all the creatures of the earth brought before him, Adam must have felt an emptiness. Where would he find the one creature who would ease his loneliness, the one person he could share the paradise God had created.
     In that moment, the Lord stared into the soul of man and knew that his heart was ready. With just a thought, He put Adam to sleep. When he awakes, hes not alone.
     Adam, I have brought one more creature for you to name.
     Do you think Adams heart fluttered in his throat the first time he saw the slope of Eves face? Was he breathless as he compared the womans soft curves to his hard angles. Or did he simply stare into her eyes and recognize her for what she truly was?
     The missing part of himself.
     Ah, romance!
     Its hard to have a Christian marriage in todays society. The world had made the sacred union between a man and a woman into something cheap and sordid. Cheap sex. Empty relationships. Changing partners.
     How sad!
     As an author of Christian romance, its my ministry to portray love and marriage through the filter of Gods Word. To give young women the honest truth behind a loving marriage, a union that includes God at its center. A life full of love and commitment.
     I cant help it. Im a romantic.
     Just like my Heavenly Father.

Now for Patty's newest release ...

Shes ready to take back her life . . .or whats left of it.

After ten years of caring for her invalid grandfather, Kallie Huffman is ready to claim her life as her own. Taking a job in the laboratory of New Hope Community Hospital seems like a logic choice while she waits for her nursing license to be reinstated. That is until she meets Lab Director Jefferson Muster. Kind and intelligent, the handsome doctor is everything Kallie has ever wanted in a man. But what about having a life of her own?

Hes never needed anyones help. . .until now.

Patients are dying at New Hope Community Hospital, and Jeff needs help to discover the culprit before another family loses a loved one. When help comes in the person of Kallie Huffman, the walls Jeff has constructed around his heart after a family tragedy start to crumble. But Kallie craves a life on her own terms. Can two people shaped by heartache trust in a life long love?

Patty Smith-Hall is a multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and Heartsong.  She currently serves as president of the ACFW-Atlanta chapter. She calls North Georgia her home which she shares with her husband of 30+ years, Danny; two gorgeous daughters and a future son-in-love. Her next release, New Hope Sweethearts is now available on Amazon.

Thanks for the great reminder of the One who established romantic love and for your witness to this through a marriage of more than thirty years. Keep writing His romance!

New Hope Sweethearts sounds like a definite to add to our to-be-read lists! 

Had you thought about God being a romantic? 

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