In my last blog post I began a series during which I explain lessons I learned through my books. But I Love My Husband is the prequel to But We're Not Married. Actually But We're Not Married was supposed to be a play, but it wasn't working. After many tears, I decided to age Kori and Walton by 14-years and continue the story of their marriage. Yes, they are, by the grace of God, still married in But We're Not Married!
As with my other novels, I didn't know where story this was going, but Myron, would commit suicide. Yes, our handsome, sexy, 'everybody-loves-Myron' was depressed about his disability and the breakdown of his marriage, and he was to reach the point of taking his own life.
I wrote this novel in 5 weeks. It takes place over 5 weeks. Each week Walton preaches a sermon that relates to something in the story. In my quest not to be a procrastinator, I had already written Myron's eulogy to be preached by his brother Walton.
In my life, I have only attended two funerals where suicide was the cause of death. One of them was during the 5-week period it took me to write this book. Imagine that! Attending the funeral made me change the book. Myron was a great character, loved by many--loved by his Creator! He couldn't go that way. But I had this eulogy already written. What am I going to do now? I stressed. Believe it or not, with just a few minor adjustments, the eulogy became the sermon Walton preaches on Myron's first Sunday back at church after his suicide attempt. Ecclesiastes 3. "There is a time for every activity under the sun."
I learned that scripture is versatile, multifunctional, and applicable in a myriad of situations. As 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." I also learned that it is life, more abundantly, that the Lord wants for His children--not our departure from the Earthly dwelling place He so graciously created for us to live.
Read But We're Mot Married. You will be blessed!
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