Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hearts Afire

Jane Haymaker is the heroine of my story, For Love or Money. Jane has had a hard time since her mother died. Her father is lazy, and he drinks too much. Jane and her younger brother, Ben, have taken care of each other. Now they’re grown, but they’re still finding it hard to deal with their father.

       At the opening of the story, the family’s house is burning, and it seems likely that Jane’s father accidentally started the fire. She gets him out of the way and does what she can to save the
barn, since the house is already lost. Cue the hero—Crockett Hart rides to the rescue.

       Jane has always looked up to Crockett. She went to school with his little brother, Hays, but Crockett’s the one she admired. Now he’s here and jumping into action. Jane’s heart is in tumult as she watches the family home burn and works side-by-side with the man of her dreams—the one she’s sure would never look twice at her.
      Come visit Jane (even though she doesn’t have a kitchen table to sit you down at) and get to know her. I think, like Crockett, you’ll decide Jane is worth cultivating.

   Jane receives several gifts after the fire. One that she treasures is Crockett's mother's Bible. In it, she finds a verse that says, When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Jane finds this verse a comfort in the aftermath of the fire.

    Is there a special verse that has helped you through a difficult time?

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  1. The verse that has seen me through me a lot is: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

    I see Jane through this verse, too. With all she has to deal with, she relies on God's strength to get her through.

    1. That's a great one, Regina. Yes, I think it fits Jane perfectly.

  2. That's a special gift Crockett gives Jane. I love the verse she finds and can see why it resonates deeply with her.

    1. Thanks, Keli. I admit, I was originally going to have him give her a different gift, but this one seemed most appropriate.

  3. My go-to verse is Isaiah 41:10. It was first brought to my attention while reading Love's Long Journey by Janette Oke when I was 15. It was Missie's favorite verse and became mine.

    1. I love it when fiction encourages people. That's a neat connection, Erica!

  4. One of my favorites is Proverbs 3:5-6:
    5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
    6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

    This scripture has helped me so much the last couple of years. :)

  5. I like that one, too, Joy. There is so much strength and encouragement waiting for us, if we'll just listen!

  6. I have always loved the Beatitudes - Matthew 5
    “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
    5 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
    6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
    7 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
    9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  7. Lovely passage, Pat, and very applicable to the story.