Brenda Stephens is the author of two published novels and a devotional on divorce.
“The Christian books on the subject were few and far between so God told me to write one. It was several years in the making. I am now married to a wonderful man who I’ve been with three years. I have three amazing kids and two awesome grand kids.”
Title: Dark Winters Night
Genre: Spiritual, Devotional, Memoir
Release date: July 17, 2017
It’s every little girls dream. A Cinderella fantasy. Wedding day bells. Prince Charming. Two magic words are spoken – “I Do!” A little cottage with a white picket fence. And they lived happily ever after…. Or did they?
What happens when they don’t live happily ever after? This powerfully-written, profound book — Dark Winter’s Night — by Christian author Brenda Stevens is a raw, soul wrenching glimpse into the darkness of divorce — and the light that shines and will lead you or someone you love through that darkness. Through circumstances beyond her control Brenda walked the dark road of divorce, not once, not twice, but three times. Dark Winter’s Night will lead you through the darkness of divorce into God’s glorious light.
“Help me, Lord,” I cried. “It is too much. I can’t do this. I can’t be a single parent. There is no way,” my mind rebelled. “I can’t be both Mom and Dad. I can’t pay all the bills, keep the house clean, buy the groceries, maintain the car and computer, discipline the kids, help with homework, spend time with the kids, go to church, do good news club, do sleepovers and I couldn’t do anything else that my mind didn’t conjure up in that moment of panic. When would I have time for You, Lord, or any moment for me?
HELP, LORD! HELP!”
Faith like Diamonds
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, had he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
It was a simple gold cross with diamond like stones on it. The kids gotten it for me for Easter and I wore it proudly. Church was basically the same Easter service as always. This year videos of “The Passion” are shown on the screen with the heart stirring music. But this year I didn’t feel the life. I only felt the sorrow, encased as I was in my depression. My husband wanted to end our marriage. The love of my adult life was throwing me away, rejecting me, telling me that once again, I wasn’t good enough.
As Hebrews 12:1-2 was read I followed along in my bible. One phrase jumped out at me. So different from any other time in my life: He endured, because joy would be the reward, He endured. He endured and gave us eternal life. If I could endure this trial, this time would become like one of the diamonds on my necklace. The tragedy I was facing, another divorce, my sorrow would be turned to joy. And my sorrow would be like diamonds on my cross.