Today, we have a special guest, Hannah Conway. Hannah is the author of The Wounded Warrior’s Wife and Wedding the Warrior. She is an Army wife of more than a decade, mother of two, writer and speaker. A Kentucky native, Hannah lives near Fort Campbell where she and her family are currently stationed. She holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is active in ministry, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), as well as the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and My Book Therapy (MBT).
When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Hannah volunteering for community service projects, jogging (slowly), neck deep in Pinterest crafts, or browsing thrift stores. The most important thing about Hannah, is that she’s a follower of Christ. It’s her prayer that readers will come to know just how much God loves us through her writings.
Please welcome Hannah with an inspiring post about possums!
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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
My parents live on the outskirts of a Kentucky town. Critters of all kind visit in the evening and scamper up on the back porch to steal the cats’ food. They eat their fill and waddle away until the next nightfall. A nice gig for them. I’m surprised Mom and Dad haven’t given each fattened furry wild creature a name.
When we come to visit, Dad sets a trap for his furry friends. The kiddos wait up late to listen for the raccoons and opossums. They come, scurrying about the back porch with little claws that clatter against the wooden floor slats. Enticed by a sliced apple, one creature always crawls into the trap and is unable to get out. Oh, don’t worry, we NEVER kill the animal. The kids just want to see a bit of wildlife up close.
Come morning time Dad goes onto the back porch. The kiddos squeal with excitement and there sits the animal—frightened beyond reason. The poor creature. He’s tired, worn from all his failed attempts at freedom, breathing short, heavy breaths, and covered in his own feces.
The kiddos stand back and the animal hisses as Dad approaches to free him. The cage door is lifted and the raccoon never fails to run toward the tree line, but when an opossum is caught, it never fails to stick around, afraid to leave his prison.
The door is open, but he stays bound, too full of fear to experience the freedom that has been given to him.
That’ll preach, right?
I hope you can see where I’m going with this. How many of us know God, invited Him into our hearts, confessed Him as Lord of our Lives, been set free from our sins, but live like we’re that silly ‘possum in a cage?
We’re afraid for people to know our past—what would they think? We’re afraid to forgive or let go of a hurt inflicted upon us, because where’s the justice in letting it go? We’re afraid to tell others about Jesus and His love, because no one wants to hear that anyway, right? We’re afraid to trust God when He says not to worry, to come to Him for rest, and to trust His Word. Our fear keeps us bound, stuck in a cage with an open door, just like that ‘possum.
Being an Army Wife, I know a thing or two about military tactics, and from a spiritual point of view, the enemy uses fear as a tactic, a way to keep us from living a life God has planned for us. In my debut novel, The Wounded Warrior’s Wife, the main characters, Whitleigh and Collier Cromwell are faced with a deployment to Iraq and filled with fear. At first, they couldn’t imagine why God would send them on a path marked with so many trials, but while walking with God, they gain a new perspective. Is God’s plan for us a path with no pain, no failures, no trials? Nope, but it’s a good path, one meant to bring us only good even in the tough times (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
If we’re followers of Christ, meaning we’ve confessed with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believed in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we have been set free (Romans 10:9). We are no longer confined or bound by shame, guilt, failure, or other forms of fear. The same Jesus who died on the cross and rose from the grave lives inside us as followers of Christ. We’ve been set free from our fears and been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline so we can live the life God has called us—to love Him and love others in a way that makes a Kingdom Impact (an eternal impact for the Kingdom of God).
So let’s live free and step from our cage.
Battles Raging Within Are Those You Must Fight To Win
WHITLEIGH CROMWELL dreamt of a happy life with her newlywed husband. Army Private First Class COLLIER CROMWELL loved God, his wife, and his country, though the military demanded he pay a high cost.
When an unexpected deployment during the height of war sends Collier away for another year, their lives tumble down a path marked with struggle, and fatalities. War weary, and faith crippled, Collier brings home a war of another kind leaving Whitleigh staring at the shattered pieces of their broken marriage.
Are there wounds too deep, and marriages too broken that they’re beyond even God’s ability to restore?
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