Misty Beller: Looking for Hope?

Hey, y’all! It’s always such an honor to spend the day with you!

One of my favorite themes to write about is God’s love, and the way He guides us in His plan if we’re intentional about seeking His will in each decision. We all want to know we’re in God’s will, right? That He will bless the outcome of whatever we’re setting out to accomplish. But I’ve always tended to think that being in God’s will would make things easier. Make the road a bit smoother. So when life would become exceedingly tough, I would sometimes question how I had stepped outside of God’s will. Where did I go wrong?

Book two in my current series, Love’s Mountain Quest, is the story of a mother’s journey to saver her 5-year-old son who’s been kidnapped by a gang of thieves. Can you imagine how that must feel as a mother? The terror of not knowing what your child might be facing. The horror of the situation being so far out of your control.

She enlists the help of Isaac Bowen, a mountain man who’s helped her once before. Together they set of to recover her son and the friend who was stolen with him. I love Joanna’s tenacity to take action in the face of fear. Ever heard the phrase, “Cowgirl up?” This woman knew what that meant!

One of the things God showed me at a heart-deep level as I wrote this story was how critical the hard times are to reaching joy. Not just important to properly appreciate the blessings God brings to us, but we can’t actually reach the good until we’ve traveled through the rough parts. Our lives are a journey, and no matter how dark the current path may feel, I can cling to the fact that my Father will bring me joy and blessings, as long as I stay on the path He’s placed me. As long as I seek His face and yearn to model His righteousness, I can look forward to the gifts He plants along the journey.

That, my friend, brings me hope!

Today, I’m excited to give away a copy of book one in the series, Hope’s Highest Mountain. The winner will be randomly selected from those who leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you, what are some of the blessings that have come your way from hard times in your life?

To visit my website click here. Follow me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Bookbub. Find my books on Amazon.

* * * * * *

+ posts

31 thoughts on “Misty Beller: Looking for Hope?”

  1. What a beautiful blog. I owe my sobriety to God. I’ve been sober for 20 years and it’s by God’s Grace that I have remained. I went through some very hard years and God shined down on me and opened my eyes to what I was destroying.. my life.
    Since I’ve been sober he has shown me love, compassion and how much better life is through clear eyes.
    Thank you for visiting on P & P today. Bless you and yours.

    • Oh, Tonya. What an amazing testimony you have! Sounds like you’re doing wonderful things with what you learned through it all!

  2. I was in a horrible head on wreck two years ago. I thank God he spared my life. It’s been a long hard two years and still I am recovering from this wreck. But my marriage has greatly blessed since the wreck. My husband has went above and beyond taking care of me. We are closer now more than ever

    • What a beautiful testament, Glenda! You’re a living example of exactly what I was talking about in the post. 🙂

  3. I have faced many obstacles in my life, but through God’s grace I am here in this moment. I am drug free since 1995! The past still haunts me sometimes and guilt will rear its ugly head into my thoughts, but with God I am able to push it away and be happy.

    Thank you for a great post!

    • Dale, you truly are an inspiration! I can only imagine what you learned through it all. God brought you out of that to do wonderful things. 🙂

  4. I am blessed to have had 2 major auto accidents in 13 months and still here to be a Grammy to 9 grandkids!

    • Oh, Teresa. It makes us achingly aware of how precious each moment is, doesn’t it! Those grandkids are blessed to have this time with their Grammy. 🙂

  5. Watching my husband battle cancer was defeating in the beginning because of fear. I cried my eyes out on stumps in the woods until I gained victory over my fear. As he battled cancer with faith, he demonstrated his love in many ways. He spray painted red hearts with our initials on a few trees in the woods so I would look up to God for strength, he piled dead wood in teepee like piles to burn after the first snowfall … over 15 piles, left his Bible open at all times to remember where our joy and strength comes from, and vowed to take me to the Big Horn Mountains when he recovered. We have been going to Wyoming for the past ten years reliving our victory and faith in Jesus. We have an amazing God and my love for Him is deepened in this walk of life. I loved your post today. God bless you and yours.

    • Oh, Kathy. What an amazing journey God has brought you both on! Thank you for sharing this beautiful reminder for us all!

  6. My soon to be 3 year old grandson is my blessing. He brings me a smile whenever I am with him.

    • Debra, there’s nothing quite as special as the relationship with our grandparents! You’re both truly blessed to have this time together!

  7. That is such a hard lesson to learn. Going through tough situations and having amazing blessings because of it. I certainly do my share of grumbling when going through it. I do love how God shows up always and shows us what amazing things he can do with us!

    • You’re so, so right, Susan! It’s easier to see all this when we look back, but I’m trying hard to cling to this knowledge even in the hard times!

  8. Oh, Misty, good for you. I always wondered what happened to Joanna. (I have and have read “Hope’s Highest Mountain.”) Joanna was a true heroine in that book, obviously not THE heroine, but a real trooper and survivor. Can’t wait to read her story.

    • Yes, Kathy! I loved Joanna from the first time I “met” her as I was writing Hope’s Highest Mountain. 🙂 Getting to know her better as I wrote her story was wonderful!

  9. This is so timely for me. My husband’s cousin was the fighter pilot who went down in the North Sea this past Monday. While our family is still reeling from the shock and grief, we have seen multiple tender mercies as God has shown us, and Kage’s more immediate family, His constant and abiding love. We feel blessed despite our heartbreak, and we know Kage is with God.

    • Oh, Jess! You truly are in the midst of a struggle, but I love the way you’re opening your eyes to the blessings. I’ll be praying for you and your family!

  10. I’ve become closer to God through hard times. The words and thoughts about His faithfulness, His trustworthiness, have all been brought home to me through various trials. His blessing has come through my obedience to Him, and He’s given me two new careers, one I never dreamed of doing, and one that I thought would always just be a dream. Also, my 96 year old Mom is another blessing! So glad that I still have her! My Daddy passed away 24 years ago, and I know I’ll see him again one day, too!

  11. Starting in 2012 I was diagnosed with a life threatening disease. With faith, treatment and excellent medical care I am well, but a year or so later extreme pain and discomfort required surgery. After the recovery I was then diagnosed with RA. Through this difficulty I had to rely on my strength.

  12. Many sacrifices were made in my life so that our future could be brighter. When I think of how my parents both suffered during their lives with widowed mothers and having to leave school early in order to earn a living, I realize how fortunate I am.

    • Laini, what blessings your parents have been to those around them! What wonderful examples. 🙂

  13. When my mom got very sick, myself and my 5 siblings all went and helped her out, we would take turns and she was never left by herself , she always had at least one of us with her, helping her out. I am very Thankful that myself and my 5 siblings all got to be with her until her last day. at times it was a little tough, we all would travel and we would leave our families behind, but I would never trade my time I got to spend with my mom before her passing. Same with my dad, I was able to spend time with him before he passed. I was Blessed with Wonderful parents that always made sure that their family came first. Your book sounds like a very good page turner! Thank you for the chance. God is Good.

  14. I was the oldest of six children in our family. Even though I was only a year older than my brother, I was still left “in charge” when our parents needed someone to babysit. It created resentment on the part of my siblings, so I grew up as sort of an outsider in my own family. It didn’t help that there never seemed to be any children my age anywhere we lived. It was lonely, but it taught me to be self-sufficient, independent, enjoy reading, and able to handle the alone times. I am so lucky to have a loving, supportive husband. There were alone times the first years of our marriage when he was deployed to Vietnam, but though something I didn’t like, it was something my past helped me handle.

    Thank you for the giveaway. Stay safe and healthy.

  15. More faith in God, a greater assurance that He always takes care of me no matter the circumstances of life. Those are lessons I’ve learned over the years and probably will keep on learning! 🙂

  16. He always lights the path toward answers when things seem hopeless or impossible. Then it’s up to me to Believe and have Faith when I walk along, knowing He’s by my side.

  17. Thank you for this beautiful post. I’ve struggled all my life to try and make sure I’m following God’s will. I’ve faced so many broken roads, but it wasn’t until I was flat on my back looking up that I began to realize as you have said that the rough spots help us realize the highest levels of joy. I have come to a place of peace in my life and then Covid-19 hit and my grandkids who live 450 miles away need me and I need them (and the help of my son and HIS wife) to make it through this next wave of the Pandemic. I’m flipping my life, moving to Ohio from Virginia and will come back home to visit my older grandkids in the summer. I can see God’s hand preparing the way for me as everything keeps falling perfectly into place and I thank Him for the oppoetunity to serve my family in this way.

Comments are closed.