Saturday, February 17, 2018

Character Spotlight: Deborah Miller

Inside the short story Fool for Love, Deborah ‘Debbie’ Miller is the main character who loves God but has gotten impatient in her faith. She wants to be married, like yesterday. Although she knows that God has not forgotten about her, she still isn’t grown enough in her faith to be still and know that her husband in coming. To that end, she finds herself frustrated and lonely to the point that she starts searching for her husband in her own way. The problem with a woman seeking the husband is plain and simple: it is out of order. Why you ask, because it clearly states in Proverbs 18:22 “a man that findeth a wife findeth a good thing”. It didn’t say anything about a woman finding a husband.

Debbie doesn’t realize being out of order and allowing her flesh to dictate her actions will lead her down a treacherous road. When she meets Antonio his baritone voice puts her under his spell. If you allow the devil to speak to you, and you listen, you best believe nothing but trials and tribulations will follow. From day one she is put into a world of trouble and basically positions herself to be defiled.

She learns the hard way that allowing your flesh to take over your actions can cost you your life. Yet, there is a God who will never leave you. Even after we turn our backs away from Jesus he never leaves our side. God is still in control and working on her behalf. Debbie finally realizes that only God can give her the love that never fails.

This story was hard for me to write because I went through some the same trials Debbie faced first hand. Fool for Love is an inside look at one of the most tumultuous times in my life where I stopped walking in faith and faced calamitous consequences. Of course, names were change and the story was embellished a bit, but the story line is real. So, with that, I hope you look at Debbie before you step out of order and become the casualty of being a Fool for Love.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fool for Love: An Inside Look

The story behind Fool for Love is based on actual events. Debbie, the main character of the short story, has been suffering from extreme bouts of loneliness and low self-esteem. Although she looks to God for her present help, a lonely night spent flirting on a chat line leads her down a treacherous road. When she meets Antonio, she doesn’t realize that he is the devil in disguise.

Debbie could be anybody out there who has ever been so lonely that they settle for the first person that shows them attention. She follows God, has a prayer life, and attends church frequently. She has friends, a close-knit family and a community surrounding her that she should be happy with. But she has gotten bored with life and wonders where is her Boaz. Due to increasing desires of her flesh, she turns her back on God and falls into the trap set by the devil with Antonio.

Her misery begins the first time she meets Antonio, but she still won’t turn back into the arms of the Lord. Unfortunately, several disheartening events take place that eventually put her life in harms way before she finally returns to Jesus. Debbie remembers that God’s love is deeper and more everlasting than any man’s. She learns to love herself first with the help of her family, friends and health professionals.

Sometimes we become a fool for love when we allow our flesh to take over. The devil can really throw you into a pit when that happens. Often it takes a life-threatening incident to make us realize the real love God has for us. Still though, there is always hope that He will always love us, despite all our shortcomings.

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Fool For Love