Sunday, May 29, 2022
Tough Love or Grace?
Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:12 NIV
Sometimes parenting is a balancing act of knowing when to show tough love and when to show grace.
Recently, a friend shared with me her heartbreak. Her adult son refused to move out of his childhood home and get a job, and he was disrespectful. Another friend shared her concern about her thirty-six-year-old daughter. She doesn’t have a job and will be homeless soon. This isn’t the first time her daughter has been destitute, and her friends are tired of helping her out repeatedly. These parents were at the end of their rope. What could they do? Show tough love or grace?
As children, they were raised in Christian homes, loved, and taught God’s Word, yet they continue to sin, disobey, and make bad choices. They have no regard for their parents and no respect for the Lord either.
How often have we broken our heavenly Father’s heart? Yet he is merciful to us, loving, kind, and full of grace. And I believe there are times that He shows us tough love.
While some children are easy to parent into adulthood, others become scoundrels. Father, help me know which direction to take—tough love or grace. Amen.
B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.
As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.
Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).
She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.
Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).
She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.
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About the Book
Book: The Amish Twins Next Door
Author: Vanetta Chapman
Genre: Amish romance
Release date: April 26, 2022
Two little matchmakers could change everything…in this novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Vannetta Chapman.
Falling for a pretend suitor could cause real complications…
Amish single mom Deborah Mast is determined to raise her seven-year-old twin sons her way. But when neighbor Nicholas Stoltzfus takes the rambunctious boys on as apprentices on his farm, she’ll learn the value of his help with more than just the children. And when the two little matchmakers hatch a plan of their own, Deborah could also discover how to reopen her heart…
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My thoughts: Ms Chapman is a very talented author who was able to bring a story to life. The hero starts out to be a stick in the mud I didn't care much for, but he's softened up by the end of the book. The heroine has been hurt in the past and is afraid to trust another man. Both of them have a learning curve in to be able to interact with each other. The twins are adorable and mischievous. If you like always romance you will love this book. I recommend it. I was giving a copy free and all opinions are my own.
About the Author
Vannetta Chapman is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 39 full length novels, plus various novella collections. She has written for Abingdon Press, Harvest House Publishers, and Harper Collins Christian Publishing. She currently writes for the Love Inspired line of Harlequin Books. Chapman has received numerous awards including the ACFW Carol Award for best mystery (Falling to Pieces), and Christy Award finalist (Anna’s Healing).
More from Vannetta
When I married my husband 22 years ago, he had a 21-year-old daughter and 16-year-old twins. I was a single mom with a 10-year-old son. I was also a certified, experienced teacher. I could handle it. (Cue laughter) I had no idea what twins was like. I didn’t understand that special language they have with one another. I was perplexed by the way they could be fighting one moment and adamantly defending one another the next. Everything about twins confused me.
Now our children are all grown. They’re adults, and I wonder how the years have passed so quickly. The Amish Twins Next Door is my first book featuring twins, and I enjoyed every minute of writing it. I enjoyed telling a story about a mom who wonders if she will ever have a conventional family—because I was that mom. I also had way too much fun writing about a man who thought he could give parenting advice when he had no children.
Ultimately though, like all of my other books, The Amish Twins Next Door is a book about the over-arching grace of God and how it can carry us through all things. My hope is that you will laugh, maybe cry, and come away from the book feeling uplifted.
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