Several years ago, I had an idea for a book: God speaking hope into a desperate situation. Okay, so I didn’t say it was a unique idea.
It intrigued me at first. I had a real-life story from a family that was willing to share it with the world. It had drama and tension perfect for good fiction. As I thought about the details, I was filled with an incredible awe of what God was willing to do to rescue His own. I thought it was a story that would inspire, encourage. Challenge.
God and I talked about it for a while, and as I listened, He fine-tuned it like only He can. He made it bigger. Much bigger. And because of His input, my not-so-unique idea turned into, well, somewhat of a unique idea. After all, I agree with Solomon that there’s nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
Actually, God turned my one story idea about God impacting a family into a five-book series. And I’m excited to say that the first book is currently with my editor.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Many of you know that I was born into an active duty Air Force family. Dad retired, entered the seminary, and then served bi-vocationally as a pastor of small churches and a civil servant with the Air Force. It kept us moving around a lot. Then I grew up, married, and circumstances soon forced us into the Air Force. It wasn’t long before I began to experience the sacrifices of a military wife and family. Over the years, I’ve listened to a lot of military spouses tell stories of their own sacrifices ranging from similar to mine to very, very different.
A Measure of Respect
The stories I’ve heard piled in my heart. They became a part of who I was, what the American flag and the Star Spangled Banner represented to me. They built a measure of respect for the uniform and the families that I know are standing nearby.
And the deeper I plunged into becoming a writer, the more some of these stories clamored to be told.
Introducing Home Front Heroines
And that’s where Home Front Heroines was born. It’s really quite simple: How God loved five desperate families, one from each branch of the Department of Defense, through some of the roughest days of their lives. Spiritual growth, emotional healing, deep heart change. What could be more inspiring?
1. Home Front Heroines: United States Air Force.
More Than Meets the Eye. The guiding verse for this story comes from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
We’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
With two small children at home and pregnant with their third, a young wife fights depression while her husband, in the field more than he’s home, fights sleeping issues. Severe financial strain adds to the guilt and shame she carries, and his job forbids the use of most medications. Can their marriage survive?
2. Home Front Heroines: United States Navy.
Not My Ways. The guiding verse for this story comes from Isaiah 55:8-9.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
The long-awaited first grandchild is born, yet it quickly becomes clear that she may not survive more than a few hours. When she does, further tests reveal that she will require life-long care. The young family adapts, but the husband soon understands God wants him to go back into the military career that he left when he got married. How can the family thrive in the face of multiple hospital visits and long deployments?
3. Home Front Heroines: United States Army, Marines, and Coast Guard.
While the titles and guiding verses are still to be determined, the stories are no less heart-wrenching and life-changing than the situations above. Pornography and infidelity. Miscarriage. Severe PTSD. Isolation from family.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
The good news is that all these stories have a happy ending—not because that’s how I write them but because in each circumstance, the family allowed God to intervene. They worked with the Holy Spirit to change them, to correct their attitudes, to heal their hearts, to look for God’s perspective.
They are beautiful stories of hope and redemption, even in the midst of terrible loss. I hope you’ll join me for this up close, personal look into the lives of some of our American military families.
If you can’t wait to read these but want something now, then check out my Embers series about a Deputy Fire Marshall outside the back gates of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Inspector Cassandra McCarthy never thought she’d be raising her two daughters alone, but her husband’s unexpected death forced her to find a career. Now working beside a retired Special Operations soldier and veteran fireman, she serves her small North Carolina town, protecting them from hazards they don’t understand. She loves what she does and trusts God to provide—until a hurricane and a series of unexplained fires hits too close to home. What will it cost Cassandra to protect the citizens of Silver Heights?