GUEST: It was the Worst of Times and the Best of Times by Carole Brown
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It was the Worst of Times and the Best of Times
“It will be only a short time, then you can have it.”
My two-year-old grandson’s sweet, adorable, usually happy face was crinkled into a frown, tears pooling in his big eyes, a wail coming from his precious throat.
What was I thinking? Asking a child--practically a baby still--to understand the depth, the perception of time, of future.
Because he is the baby of the family with two brothers who are quite a bit older than him, I see that he has the worst of it at times. He is babied because he is the baby many times, but he also must deal with bigger, stronger, smarter brothers who--although they adore him--also tend to lord over him at times. No, you can’t do this because . . . No, don’t come into my room. You’re too little . . .There are times when the older boys are allowed to do some things that he hasn’t grown into yet. Being siblings, there are also a few times of teasing and bickering which ultimately ends with Jonathan getting the worst of it.
He has the best of times too.
The older boys are our adopted grandchildren so we didn’t get to experience their babyhood. Jonathan’s our only baby grandson which makes him very special to this set of grandparents.
- He gets lots of attention. When he says “feed horsey, gwandpa” whether gramps had planned to do so or not, the horse usually gets a little extra feed.
- When he wants to help do the dishes, we all endure the water splashed onto the counter and our own soaked clothing.
- When all the ornaments he hung on the tree were gathered like a nest on 2014’s Christmas tree at his house, everyone was warned to not touch it. Jonathan had placed them there.
He is loved and cherished and feels it.
Yet he is learning too that if there is a “worst” then there is also a “best.” If he throws something or cries for something when told “no” for whatever reason, there are consequences. Sitting in a chair until he quits crying and can say, I’m sorry, gives him an option. Control yourself, choose the “best” and the “worst” is gone. He may not get what he demanded, but he’s learned an important lesson even if he doesn’t totally understand the concept.
And that brings me full circle to myself. How do I act when confronted with the worst of times? Do I cry and demand an answer from God? Do I throw a spiritual fit because of the lack of something I think I need? And how does God respond? Does He say, wait, My child, you’ll understand it all in a while. Or, worse, does He say no and give no reason why? Is He silent when I feel I need Him now to intervene?
Even in my grownup way, I find myself having to sit for a bit, reading the scriptures or communing with my best Friend, and taking that needed time to relax and understand that God does have and does know the answer. Just like Jonathan, I have to re-learn many times, that I have an option: trust God, choose the best--his way, and the worst will no longer matter. For though it may truly be the worst of times in the world, God’s got it handled. It’s also the best of times!
About the Book:
Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.
He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.
While Tyrell searches for the murdering spy who reaches even into the boarding home, Emma Jaine struggles with an annoying renter, a worried father (who could be involved in this spy thing), and two younger sisters who are very different but just as strong willed as she is.
As Tyrell works to keep his double life a secret and locate the traitor, he refuses to believe that Emma Jaine could be involved even when he sees a red-haired woman in the arms of another man. Could the handsome and svelte banker who’s also determined to win Emma Jaine’s hand for marriage, be the dangerous man he’s looking for? Is the trouble-making renter who hassles Emma Jaine serving as a flunky? Worse, is Papa Rayner so worried about his finances and keeping his girls in the style they’re used to, that he’ll stoop to espionage?
Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?
With Music in Their Heart
Print Link: http://www.amazon.com/Music-Their-Hearts-Spies-World/dp/1941622038/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415113865&sr=1-1&keywords=With+Music+in+Their+Hearts
About the Author:
Brown not only has her award winning (Nominated for an Epic Award, RWA International Digital Awards finalist in Inspiration, Laurel Award finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel.
November, 2013, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies. Look for the second book, Bat Crazy, late 2014 winter.
Released November 1, 2014, is the first book in a new WWII romantic suspense series: With Music In Their Hearts. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
Connect with her here:
Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
She's also part of several other blogs:
Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/