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Woodlands Song

Woodland

Have you been rejected? Overlooked? Not wanted?

That’s how Leah felt in the 7th Glenbrooke novel, Woodlands. She was never quite enough for anyone. Not remarkable enough to stand out from her sisters or be praised by her parents. Not enough to receive attention from the few men she was drawn to.

I found it was all too easy to tap into those feelings as I was writing Woodlands. As some of you Beautiful Readers know, I experienced rejection from a broken engagement and many rejections as a beginning writer. I wrote about those defining experiences in my non-fiction books.

Those hurts made my heart more tender and drew me closer to the One who knows everything about me and loves me unconditionally.

I remember writing Psalm 121:7-8 on a card in my early 20’s and reading it over and over like a Valentine. It was sweetly comforting to know that God was protecting my heart. He was even watching over my “going out” (or lack thereof).

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

As I wrote Woodlands I prayed that the story would be an encouragement to many women who know what it’s like to feel they’re never quite enough and have lived with the deep ache of rejection. It was so enlivening to write about the way Leah took courageous steps that led to a new season – a time of singing.

I pray that same sort of new season will bloom for all you Beautiful Readers who are longing for a time of singing to come on the tangled paths through your own private woodlands.

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