Today I’m thrilled to have fellow MRP author, Hope Dougherty, as my guest. Hope writes Christian suspense romance novels. In the following post, she shares about the message woven into her new release, Rescued Hearts, in a very personal way.

**Hope has graciously offered to give away a copy of her book, so be sure to stick around until the end to enter!

The message in Rescued Hearts is based on Jeremiah 29:11: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” The main character, Mary Wade Kimball, is a children’s clothing designer who comes from a family of preachers and missionaries and church ladies who want her to join the family business, so to speak. She thinks they’re waiting for her to fail at designing so that she can follow God’s path, in other words, their path for her.

This scenario might seem extreme to some, but I’ve met people who think the only real work is with the church. They don’t exactly frown on other vocations, but they don’t applaud them either. For a hurting world to be reached, however, Christians need to be everywhere, helping to spread the Good News of God’s love.

I’m reminded of the scene in Rescued Hearts when Mary Wade discounts her business by comparing it to her aunt’s life-long missionary work in China and to Brett who’s a deputy. She thinks those jobs are more important than hers. Brett validates her career by explaining her designing brings beauty into the world. He continues with, “You don’t ruin it like people in my line of work.”

The verse from Jeremiah really resonates with me right now. Two of my children are second lieutenants in the US Army. One majored in Chinese in college. China is a neighbor to North Korea which is in the news almost every day and not for good reasons. My other son majored in Arabic—the language of the Middle East, which brings to mind Syria and Isis and the Taliban.

Oh, my.

People ask me, “How do you feel about the boys being in the Army?” My response comes from Jeremiah 29:11. I’m living God’s plan for me, so I want my sons to live God’s plan for them. They feel called to what they’re doing, so I trust in the One who loved them before I did.

Both my sons are strong witnesses for God among people who need His strength and wisdom and love. The safest and best place for all of us to be is right in the middle of God’s will. Don’t you agree?

Connect with Hope:
Twitter @HopeTDougherty


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