Overcoming the Unknown: A Guest Post by Karen Witemeyer + a Giveaway

Overcoming the Unknown

*a guest post by Karen Witemeyer*

I’m a planner. When our family goes on vacation, I know exactly which hotels we will stop at (reservations were made months in advance), I know which attractions we will visit on which days, and which activities we will engage in. For me, life is much less stressful if I know what to expect. If a crisis emerges, the first thing I do (besides pray) is to start planning how to get through it. Not surprisingly, one of my greatest fears is the fear of the unknown.

In 2003, I was a stay-at-home mom with three children under the age of five. And in 2003, my husband learned that his position was being cut at the university where he worked. When he broke the news to me, I tried to be a good wife. I stayed calm, assured him everything would work out. But inside, the panic button was flashing in red neon and sirens were blaring. What were we going to do?

Thankfully, we were given 6 months’ notice, so we had time to plan. Plan? Ha! Putting in applications and praying did not constitute an adequate plan. Too many pieces of the puzzle were out of our control.

Overcoming the Unknown: a Guest Post by Karen Witemeyer (author of No Other Will Do), plus a giveaway!Month after month passed. No job offers. My faith became fragile. So I turned to the Word and put my hope in the parable of the persistent widow found in Luke 18. Jesus used this story to teach his disciples that they needed to pray and never give up. So that’s what I did. I prayed constantly throughout the day, begging the Lord to provide a job for my husband. Then, when more months went by with no answer, I started praying for the Lord to provide a job for me as well.

I prayed and prayed and prayed. And even when God was silent, I told myself that I would trust him. I repeated that litany to myself constantly, desperate to shore up my flagging faith. No matter what came, God would see us through. That core belief was the lifeline that kept me afloat.

Six months to the day after my husband discovered his position had been cut, he started a new job at the same university. A month later, I started one as well. Also at the university. No move required. No need to purchase a second car. Godly grandparents next door to provide child care. And one other seed took root as well.

God used this time of uncertainty to shock me into following a dream that I had been putting off for years. The dream to write. Thinking I might somehow be able to supplement the family income by writing, I picked up my pen and put it to paper. Even after I re-entered the workforce, the dream refused to die. I kept after it, and six years later, my first novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, hit the bookshelves.

Only God could use my biggest fear to bring about one of the biggest blessings in my life. And now, 8 books and 3 novellas later, he’s still using that experience to shape me.
In my latest story, Emma Chandler is a professional woman, a banker, who founds a women’s colony to help ladies who have nowhere to turn. She’s intelligent, savvy, godly. She’s used to knowing the right answers and being the one in control. Then a mysterious outlaw starts stalking their community, threatening the safety of her ladies and all they have built. Suddenly, it feels as if nothing is in her control. She’s out of her depth, terrified she’ll let everyone down who is counting on her. Yet, just as God used the uncertainty of an unknown future to deepen my faith and increase my dependence on him, he does the same for Emma, bringing her more blessings in the end than she could have ever imagined possible.

My prayer is that he will do the same for you.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
~Ephesians 3:20-21~

Karen Witemeyer, author of NO OTHER WILL DOMore about Karen:

Christy Award finalist and winner the ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes Christian historical romance for Bethany House, believing the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

‘No Other Will Do’

Overcoming the Unknown: a guest post by Karen Witemeyer, author of NO OTHER WILL DO.Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts taught her and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one she trusts enough to ask.

 

Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he’s always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s telegram arrives, he leaves his job behind and rushes to Harper’s Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.

 

As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.

Giveaway:

Karen has graciously offered to give away a copy of No Other Will Do! Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy. If you are unfamiliar with Rafflecopter or have trouble entering, you can find help here: How to Enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway.

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33 thoughts on “Overcoming the Unknown: A Guest Post by Karen Witemeyer + a Giveaway

  1. Sherry

    God is amazing how He works in and through our lives. I had a time where I experienced depression. I am so thankful He led me to great counsel and friends to help me through. I am able to talk about it and help others.

  2. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I have a little difficulty thinking of a situation specifically of being blessed by God. I know I have had blessings such as my children and grandchildren, family and church family, but I am currently struggling with my faith. I am looking for an answer in my scriptures at this time. I spend some time reading other books, like No Other Will Do. I hope to win this one. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  3. KayM

    God has given me strength in my life to go through difficult times. I trust Him, because He knows what is best for everyone concerned. Sometimes we don’t find any answers as to why some things happen, but I know that He does nothing arbitrarily. That softens the heartache.

  4. Sherry Carsten

    LOVE how God works! Dr’s told me that because of having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome that I had a 1% chance of getting pregnant & under 1% of being able to carry a child past 8 weeks, we adopted our 2 foster kids and was happy with life (after years of fighting about not being able to get pregnant with God). I went to the ER with my husband thinking I had the flu… nope I was pregnant. WE now have a healthy, happy almost 2 year old! <3

  5. Adrienne

    One way that God has turned difficult situations into a blessing is by letting me be an instrument in His hands to comfort others going through a similar situation–like my parents went through a nasty divorce when I was 11, and years later, I had a friend go through a similar thing (the reasons for the divorces were nearly identical), and I was able to really empathize with her and talk to her and support her. It didn’t change anything with my parents’ divorce, it did feel good to be able to understand and help someone else. And there have been other times when something hard I’ve gone through has given me the experience to be able to understand and help others.

  6. Karen

    My husband has been through many periods of unemployment, and God has seen us through every time. My husband has always found another job at just the right time. I’m so grateful for a Heavenly Father who’s mindful of all our needs and even some of our wants.

  7. Candice Valdez

    Last summer God moves my family 6 hours away from where I grew up. We left all of our family and friends and it has been extremely hard for us. My youngest daughter and me, especially. My husband is now an executive pastor at a church, which is his dream job. Waiting for the blessing to come for the rest of us. 🙂

  8. Lynne M Feuerstein

    Thank you for this post Karen it was very inspirational! As for the blog question God definitely helped me through a difficult situation. A few years ago I was facing foreclosure and unemployment.I didn’t know what my niece (who I was raising) and I were going to do. God stepped in and provided a job and helped me find another place to live. I was scared at the time,but God helped and taught us we weren’t alone. Thank you again Karen for your inspiration and wonderful stories!

  9. I love her books and this one is a great read!

  10. I love reading through everyone’s stories. God is so amazing in his providence! Sharing these testimonies with each other is a great way to remember and encourage one another. I love it!

  11. Becky Smith

    It’s always amazing to see how God works, even when we feel in the dark! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Pam K.

    About ten years ago, I went through a divorce that I did not want. The first couple of years were absolutely awful for me, but also for my kids (ages 10 and 16 at the time). The only way I survived it was by drawing closer to God. He showed me in many ways He would not leave me. I would never say being divorced was a blessing, but becoming closer to God, having to depend totally on Him, that is the blessing.

  13. God has helped me through many tough times in my life and has made me stronger in my faith and in my day to day life.

  14. Mary Herrnstein

    I do not read historical romances….have never found one to hold my attention…this sounds like a good story line so I may pick it up and take a chance…am happy for you and your husband for making it through the crisis.

  15. What a wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing and offering this fantastic giveaway!!

  16. Yes. He did take a tragic event and give me a treasure.

  17. Nicole Wetherington

    Yes God has taught me great lessons from having me overcome trials in my life!

  18. carylkane

    As a result of my parents’ divorce, my Daddy became a Christian.

  19. Life is hard, but God is good — ALWAYS!

    Thank you to each of you for sharing your stories. What testimonies to His faithfulness! For those of you who are in the middle of “hard” right now, I pray that He will show Himself faithful to you in amazing ways, so that you can say with confidence, “God is good!” 🙂

  20. Deanna S

    Yes, that if you ask for patience… be prepared to maybe wait and wait until you finally realize that you now have some..

  21. Winnie Thomas

    I can’t think of an example offhand, but it’s wonderful reading all these other comments. Thanks Karen for the inspiring post. I enjoyed reading it. Your book sounds amazing!

  22. Joan Arning

    I’m like Karen, I like to plan things out. Not much spontaneity for me! I do know God always takes care of me even when I can’t see the future!

  23. Melanie Backus

    I know God is with me every step of the way. There is no greater feeling!

    Karen is a great author and her books bring much pleasure!

  24. Carol L

    I have this on my TRL. God has helped me through so mch heartache, unemployment disease (my) 8 year old had Osteo Sarcoa. (Bone Cancer). She’s a beautiful and healthy 28 year old today. 🙂 We spent eleven months in the hospital. So that is my biggest blessing from God. Out of 28 children her and one other survived. I never go a day without thanking him. 🙂
    Carol L

  25. Merry

    Our family traveled in a bus with a ministry at one time. We had an accident( lost a back tire) and ended up living with our pastor’s family for 6 weeks. God took something not too great and turned it into a blessing as we bonded as families into forever friends!

  26. Stephanie H.

    God has helped my family many times over the years. Many years ago, my mom and I were with a family friend when the car that we were in was almost hit by a herd of deer on an old country road. It was as if the car was protected by angels while the deer jumped in front and behind the car really fast. It sure was a blessing for us that day!

  27. Lucy Reynolds

    God saw me through years of an abusive husband when I didn’t want to live anymore and gave me an amazing husband three years ago.

  28. Kai W.

    God was there when my family was dealing with a tragedy where my mom and my cousin were injured and her two brothers and nephew died in the car accident. God has watched over my mom when I have prayed so many years before. My faith in God is stronger when he took care of my mom. My mom has recovered for the accident and is alive and well.

  29. “Only God could use my biggest fear to bring about one of the biggest blessings in my life” – yes! He has done the same in my life! He is so faithful <3

  30. Debbie Rhoades

    We had a series of bad things happen to us between the years of 2009-2013 (i.e. my husband’s stroke and recovery, my mother’s unexpected death, my being fired from my job, me breaking my back, then me being hospitalized with a blood clot), and to make a long story short, we couldn’t make our house payments and we lost our home. There were times we didn’t know how we were going to get through the harrowing process of foreclosure and moving to a different state, as we had little income and no set plan. We DID make it through, with God’s help, and moved back to Oklahoma (my home state), and life has been good to us since then. I know God was taking care of us.

  31. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I remember several years ago the house we were renting was sold the the hospital up the street and it was to be torn down to widen the entrance to the road leading to the hospital. I was having difficulty getting things packed and moved and was in the dining room sitting on the floor crying when a shadow came over me. It was my church Bishop and he said he just had a feeling I needed help so he stopped by to check on us. He organized the move so much better than I could have and we were moved, even though the destruction company had already started taking the house apart with us still living in it. God sent the Bishop to help us and that was a blessing.

  32. bn100

    sure

  33. I recently decided to stay at home full-time after working full-time for my whole adult life. It’s a crazy whirlwind trying to be patient and listen to God throughout this process. It’s only been about four months, but I think that for now it’s time for me to go back to work full-time again. I don’t know for how many more years I will do this, but I just keep trusting God every step of this journey in my life.

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