Today I'm thrilled to host the amazing and talented Darlene L. Turner! Be sure to read her fantastic guest post and enter the giveaway! Take it away, Darlene!
Who Am I?
By Darlene L. Turner
“You’re never going to amount to anything.”
“I don’t want you on my team. Get to the back of the line.”
“You’re a nobody.”
These are hurtful words most of us have heard at one point or another. They’re hard to overcome, especially when spoken at a young age. The question “Who am I?” runs through our minds. It affects our self-esteem and can carry into adulthood.
In Abducted in Alaska, Hannah discovers something about herself that crushes her and she questions her identity in Christ. Throughout the book, she struggles with her self-esteem but is eventually reminded she’s made in God’s image. It wasn’t easy for her to come to this conclusion and the same is true for us.
So how do we move past our negative feelings of ourselves? Here are some thoughts.
Take a peek at God’s servants in the Bible. Moses didn’t think he was worthy of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. He even asked God, “Who am I?” like we’ve done at times. Look at what he accomplished when he put his trust in God. David took a stone and a slingshot to a sword fight. Goliath towered over him, but David still overcame. He was labeled as a “man after God’s own heart.” Just think what we can achieve if we put our total trust in Him!
Surrender our feelings of inadequacy over to God. I know. Easier said than done. Believe me, I’ve suffered a lot of self-esteem issues in different periods of my life. Circumstances and how society treats us can sometimes dictate whether our confidence goes up or down. We need to allow God to heal our hearts through it all. Surrender to Him.
Remember we’re not alone. We only need to look around us to discover that others are going through the same thing. It’s comforting to know we can reach out for help. A listening ear is always therapeutic. We can get through this together.
Through it all, sharing that Jesus is Lord is the most important thing. He rescued us and has put a song in our hearts. We have a purpose and it’s to give God glory.
That’s right. We’re a somebody. Not a nobody.
And Jesus chose us. He may not have called us to lead like He did Moses, but He has an awesome plan in store for us. Let’s muster up the confidence He’s given us and go!
Who are we? We’re God’s children and He loves us just as we are. Through Him we can do anything.
Genesis 1:27 (VOICE)
So God did just that. He created humanity in His image, created them male and female.
Question for giveaway: Who is your favorite servant in the Bible and why?
Answer the question above in the comments below and one person will win an e-book copy of Abducted in Alaska!
Comment on the question and you’re automatically entered into the contest. Prize is open internationally. Here’s how it works. The number of entries are input into a Random Sequence Generator (i.e. 1 through 20). After I click the Generate button, whoever’s number corresponds with the number the random generator gives me wins! Note: If the winner is Canadian, they will be required to answer a skill-testing question before being awarded the prize.
About the Author
Darlene L. Turner’s love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message.
Darlene won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense twice and an ACFW Genesis award. She’s represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. Her debut book, Border Breach, released in April, 2020 with Love Inspired Suspense. She has two books releasing in 2021: Abducted in Alaska (March) and Lethal Cover-Up (August).
Darlene met her husband Jeff at the turtle races in Ontario, Canada. She loves flavored coffee and plaid shirts. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders.
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ABDUCTED IN ALASKA
Back cover copy:
Protecting a child… could cost them their lives. Saving a boy who has escaped his captors puts Canadian border patrol officer Hannah Morgan right into the path of a ruthless child-smuggling ring. Now with help from police constable Layke Jackson, she must keep the child safe. But can they rescue the other abducted children and bring down the gang…all while protecting a little boy and keeping themselves alive?
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