Meeting an author in person is a lot of fun. Especially when this writer lives a few miles north. Well, maybe about an hour’s drive. I’m blessed to share writing ideas with Ginger Solomon monthly at our North Alabama Writer’s Group as well.
Ginger is the mother of seven children so I know she speaks from experience as she explains how to deal with unexpected situations.
Adjusting our Expectations
Has life ever thrown something at you at the last minute that you’re not sure how to deal with? Or maybe it was a lot of somethings all at once. Either way, you had to adjust your expectations to meet with your new circumstances.
You had to go with the flow.
I don’t know about you, but I’m bad at it. I prefer events where I know what to expect and when. Spontaneity is NOT my strong suit.
When my husband and I got married over 27 years ago, my wedding was just such an event. I planned things nearly to the minute. It was scheduled for two in the afternoon. Most weddings I’ve been to start a few minutes late. Not mine. I was walking down the aisle at 2:00pm on the dot. According to the video, guests walked in behind me. A little sheepishly, I might add.
I’d love to say that everything moved like clockwork during the entire ceremony, but it didn’t. My cousin, my matron of honor, dropped the wedding ring when she went to hand it to me. We were standing on a platform and that ring decided it wanted to roll all the way down the stairs. Not in my plans, but I managed to be flexible and go with the flow—really, what choice did I have? As soon as the ring was recovered, we continued.
There have been many other such times in my life when circumstances made me step outside of my organized comfort zone and be spontaneous. I didn’t like them, but when life becomes a roller coaster ride, you buckle up and hold on for dear life.
In my recent re-release, Second Choice, my heroine, Princess Anaya, faces such a challenge. Her father gave her one year to choose a husband from five candidates, whom he thought worthy of her hand in marriage. She met with each one individually, and six months later, after much consideration and prayer, she chose one. They spent several months getting to know one another and planning their wedding.
Then he disappeared. Three weeks before the wedding.
What would she do?
Knowing her father the way she did, she knew he would insist she make a second choice so the wedding could continue forward as planned.
She had to be flexible.
And she was because we all do what we have to do to make it through any given situation. We make choices that we may later regret, but we do the best we can with the knowledge that we have at the time.
What about you? Have you been in a situation that required you to adjust your expectations?
Set to be married in less than a month, Princess Anaya Vallis’sgroomdisappears, leaving only a cryptic note behind. Her father insists the wedding go forth as planned with a new groom. She has days to make a second choice.
Titus Vasco is like a ship without a rudder, floating through life without purpose. Until she calls. He accepts her proposal without hesitation, knowing he’d waited for this moment.
But wedded bliss does not come easily. Two virtual strangers brought together by unforeseen circumstances must learn to trust each other and God’s plan for their lives in order to achieve the happily-ever-after they both long for.
About the author:
Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she’s busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, books are on her mind. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com.
Where to find the book: Amazon