Today’s Wednesday Writers guest is Ada Brownell and she’s tackling an age old question: HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE TRUE LOVE?
Where does true love come from?
Ritah O’Casey’s beau wants to get married, but she’s headed to college. She’s quite fond of Edmund Pritchitt III, but does she love him like she loves her brother Bud? Or does she love him enough to give up her dreams and her opportunity to intervene in the life of a friend who has been kidnapped?
The beautiful redhead doesn’t know how or why she’ll be sure Eddie is her true love, the one person God created for her to marry. But she believes because she dedicated her life to the Lord, God will direct her path and show her if Eddie is the one.
Ritah O’Casey is the leading lady of my historical romantic suspense novel Love’s Delicate Blossom. I also have a non-fiction book, Imagine the Future You and one chapter talks about falling in love, the problem that has Ritah confused.
Here’s what I wrote in the Imagine book about marriage and how we fall in love, and I should know something about it. I’ve been married 65 years..
- Falling in love is an act of the will. Cupid doesn’t shoot you with an arrow and “twang!” you’re a goner, although it could be love at first sight.
- You are around the person of the opposite sex frequently. That’s called propinquity—what happens when you are near in time and space.
- You are lonely and desire someone in your life.
- Your God-given instincts are telling you to create a family.
- The person will build your ego.
- Because you decide to create excitement in your life.
- Because no one better is available.
- Because you have similar interests.
- Because someone else thinks it’s a good idea.
- Because while you were in the womb God had a plan for both of you, and your love is so strong you feel you can’t live without one another (Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalms 37:33).There may be dozens of other reasons you fall in love, but even if you aren’t conscious of why it is happening, you allow yourself to love someone else. It’s a decision. That’s why arranged marriages often work.While Edmund waits for Ritah to accept the diamond he’s bought for her finger, another young fellow catches her attention. Will she know who she loves enough to commit herself to him for life?
- If love happened spontaneously without your will being involved, people who are greatly overweight would have as many proposals for marriage as others. So would the handicapped or someone with facial deformities or pure physical ugliness.
Love’s Delicate Blossom
By Ada Brownell
It’s 1917 and Ritah Irene O’Casey knows the war and sickness will make widows of many. Mothers already are sending their teir children to orphanages.
As she prepares to leave for college, Ritah hopes to learn herself and then teach women how to manage money, start a business, run a farm, and even prevent and treat illness and injuries in an era where few have access to a doctor.
Ritah is nearly ready to board the train when she discovers her friend Tulip, whose parents died of cholera, was kidnapped by a man who wants to make her work in a brothel.
She battles with all these things on her mind while wealthy Edmund Pritchitt III pressures her to stay home and get married.
Will Edmund be successful in changing her mind? Will Ritah go to college and accomplish her dreams? Or will she meet another handsome man who makes her heart skip?
EXCERPT FROM LOVE’S DELICATE BLOSSOM
She smiled. They always had such interesting conversations.
“I’ve read that scripture.”
Joe squeezed her hand, his blue eyes reflecting moonlight. “I should read the Bible more. My father and I work so many hours in the fields besides keeping everything in repair, seems I don’t have much time to read. Well, I guess I do read the newspaper.”
Every time their eyes connected, her heart skipped a beat. “It doesn’t take long. Just pick the Bible up and read a few verses –
a Psalm, or a chapter every night.”
Joe pulled her closer and slid his arm around her waist as they ambled through tall grasses. “I’d like to read some of those love stories in there again. Our pastor preached not too long ago about the arranged marriage of Isaac and Rebecca. Abraham actually sent a servant to another country to find his son Isaac a wife. It’s a most amazing story.”
His grin was wide, and he held Ritah a little closer.
She smiled back, and she was tempted to link her arm around him too. “I remember that story, but I forgot some of the details.”
“The servant asked God to help him find the correct wife for Isaac. The servant took ten camels and a bunch of gifts to a far country to give to the bride’s father. As I recall the camels needed watered. The servant took them to a well in the city where Abraham directed him. Women surrounded the well, and drew and carried water. The servant prayed God would show him which one should become Isaac’s wife. He prayed the young lady would not only agree to draw water for him, but she would water his camels too.”
“Uh, huh,” Ritah murmured. “So, how did that work out?”
“She looked at him like he was crazy.” Joe laughed so hard he could hardly get the words out.
Ritah frowned. That wasn’t how she remembered it. “She did?”
Laughing, Joe touched his finger to the tip of her nose. “No. Just kidding. But do you know how much water a thirsty camel can drink?”
She shook her head. “I have no idea.”
Frogs croaked from the river bed. A roaming tomcat’s eyes glowed as he cried for a mate, but Joe touched his finger to her nose again “Well the preacher said they can drink about twenty gallons. It’s not stored in the hump either. It’s stored in the camel’s blood stream.”
They climbed an upslope bringing them near to the house, and then turned back toward each other.
“Sure enough the young maiden the servant chose for Isaac drew water for him, and also offered to water his camels from her pitcher. So Abraham’s servant told the girl about his mission, and she took him to meet her family. The family gave permission and she agreed to go with the servant and marry Isaac.”
Ritah couldn’t keep from gazing into the face of the tall dark-haired man before her. “Nice.”
“But that’s not the romantic part.” He slid his hands onto her shoulders and looked into her eyes. “The maiden, whose name was Rebekah…”
Ritah nodded her head. She began to remember.
“Rebekah put together an entourage of servants and camels and mounted a camel herself, and followed the servant to the land of Abraham. In the distance, Rebekah saw Isaac coming to meet her and she asked. ‘Is that him?’”
Joe hesitated, then continued. “The servant verified it was. Rebekah veiled her face, jumped off the camel, and started running toward Isaac. Apparently, they met on the road. I imagine he hugged her and maybe even twirled her around. Right away, they had a wedding. That’s probably when he kissed her for the first time.”
Joe’s arms pulled Ritah close and he touched his lips to hers.
Thunder rumbled near her heart. Lightning flashed through her, and rainbow colors filled her brain.
The gasp she released came from her experience, not Rebecca’s. But she said, “What a sweet story.”
“That’s not all.” His arms still held her. “The Bible says Isaac loved her.”
They stood there a moment and then she backed away. “I hope your parents or somebody from the school board didn’t see us.”
Want to read more? You can find Love’s Delicate Blossom by Ada Brownell at Amazon.
About the Author:
Ada Brownell blogs and writes with Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement. She is the author of nine books, more than 400 stories and articles in Christian publications, and she spent a large chunk of her life as a journalist, mostly for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado. She and her husband L.C., have five amazing children, one of them in heaven, eight wonderful grandchildren. and three great-grandchildren.
Her book, The Lady Fugitive, the first book in the Peaches and Dreams series was a finalist for the 2015 Laurel Award. She has four fiction books and five non-fiction, available from Amazon and some bookstores. The newest non-fiction is What Prayer Can Do, a collection of reprinted articles from the Pentecostal Evangel. Others include Facts, Faith and Propaganda; Swallowed by Life; Imagine the Future You, and Confessions of a Pentecostal.
Amazon author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/adabrownell
Her blog: http://www.inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com/