Author Archives: Caroline Klug

About Caroline Klug

I'm an author of inspirational fiction, using thrillers and short story collections as a way to bring insights to people all over the world. In addition to fiction, I have a passion for writing Christian Living books that teach, inspire, and encourage.

When Fear Makes You Want to Turn Back

“He [Moses] was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us. But our fathers refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.” Acts 7:38-39

At some point in life, everyone struggles with something that makes them a less than best version of themselves. This can be a lot of different things – drugs, alcohol, food addiction, pornography, eating disorders, unhealthy relationships, and unhealthy emotions are just a few examples. Whatever it is, God always offers us a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13), and points us down the path of healing and restoration. A path that offers forgiveness and transformational change.

But change is hard and, at times, downright scary. We can’t always see to the other side of it, and that makes us question our ability to keep going. We see an example of this with the Israelites when Moses lead them out of Egypt – out of the slavery that held them in bondage for four hundred years. For generations, the Israelites cried out to God to free them from under the hands of the Pharaohs. When God finally did, the transition was difficult and scary. The unknown path ahead of them drove fear into their hearts. So much fear, that it says in their hearts, they “turned back to Egypt.” They were afraid of what God would ask them to endure, so they thought it would be easier to just go back into slavery.

Fear of the unknown is a powerful enemy to our hope, and can cause us to turn and walk away from the path that would have healed us, and we go back to the comfort of what we knew. That familiar path may seem easier, but it only leads to death. Often times, a slow and painful one.

Tired One, I have been in this place. I can tell you from experience that once you know the truth, going back presents a more miserable and heart wrenching alternative than any unknown you may be facing. 

There is an old song by Sara Groves called Painting Pictures of Egypt. I remember the first time I heard the song. I was driving in my car, wrestling with what felt like a war over my purpose. The enemy was whispering lies about how much God was asking of me, and how easy it would be to let someone else do it and slip invisibly back into my comfortable existence. I turned up the music to drown out the enemy and the words of Sarah’s song pierced my heart:

“I’ve been painting pictures of Egypt, leaving out what it lacks.
The future feels so hard and I wanna go back.
But the places that used to fit me cannot hold the things I’ve learned.
Those roads were closed off to me while my back was turned.”

When what lies ahead suddenly feels like too much, we sometimes look back on our past with blind nostalgia. We paint pictures of our Egypt, conveniently leaving out the pieces that caused us the most pain. 

Loved One, what is your Egypt? What do you search the sands for when life breaks you? Is it not your Father in heaven who loves you more passionately and more endlessly than all the grains of His sand? You only need to have the faith of a mustard seed to believe His promises that are yours. Allow His transformation to hold you and teach you a truth that will never again fit into that past life. 

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’” Jeremiah 6:16

Be blessed,
C.K.

Let it Go

Have you ever played tug of war? Opposing teams pull at opposite ends of the rope until one team is dragged across the center line. The key phrase here is opposing teams.

When we try to maintain control over something we should be leaving to God, we are pulling on the opposite end of that rope. God is stronger and will pull us over the centerline, but we are making the situation harder, and take longer than it needs to.

Let it go. Stop trying to control it. Stop trying to force it or fight God for it. Let it go, and let God do what is best. He has this in His very capable hands.

Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Be blessed,
C.K.

Tell Them Reveal!

It will be here soon! The Christian inspirational book that will make you laugh and cry. I’m excited to introduce my new book, Tell Them, which will be available October 15th on Amazon. I’ve included a full cover layout below, as well as the book description.

Visit my Instagram page for a short video on my heart for writing this. Remember to follow me there for more updates and words of encouragement!

Book Description:
We tend to hide what’s embarrassing or even shameful. We fear walking our past or present struggles into the light will cause judgement and rejection. It doesn’t matter if those things happened to us or because of us – they both have voices. They both cause us to bury skeletons we don’t want anyone else to find.

For decades, I believed my truths could hurt me more than my lies, and transparency about the things I’ve done or been hurt by would only magnify my already deep root of rejection. God showed me I was forgiven, but I wasn’t free. By hiding what I was afraid of, I was giving power to it. So it’s time to expose my dark and decrepit skeletons, and I’m inviting you into the exhumation. I’m going to take off my proverbial bra and let it all hang out! 

But this book isn’t just for me. It’s for you – to create a path for you to take power away from your hurts and walk them into the light. The enemy wants to keep you down and believing his lies. I want to show you how your truths can set you, and so many others, free. And I might just make you laugh along the way. Are you ready? Let’s go get the shovels.

Forsaken

Paula sat down on the edge of her bed, gripping the envelope. Her heart raced and her fingers shook as she flipped it over and ran her thumb under the flap to expose the letter inside. She let the envelope fall to the floor as she pulled out the single sheet of paper, neatly folded in three parts. She could just make out the cursive writing that shown through to the unwritten side.

It’s from her. It has to be from her. She got my letter the agency sent and she’s responding!

Paula had spent years looking for her birth mom. The months she spent waiting for a response to her letter were finally worth it. In a moment, she would read her letter, and they would finally be able to meet and start the relationship she had only dreamed of as a child. She had waited so many years for this moment. Paula took a deep breath and tried quieting all the thoughts swirling in her mind as she gingerly opened the letter, an excited smile forming on her face. After a moment, her smile faded and her shoulders dropped as the tears welling in her eyes rolled down her cheeks and onto the paper.

There would be no joyful reunion. No cookouts forging new paths. No heart-felt tear-jerking embrace that would bring Paula the acceptance she so desperately desired. There was only more rejection.

She doesn’t want to meet me or my kids? Even now, she doesn’t want me. She never has.

Paula let the letter slide out of her hands and drift onto the floor next to the envelope. She stared down at both, fixing her gaze on the corner of the envelope which should have contained a return address, but didn’t.

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I had asked my readers for blog topics, and there was one in particular that really tugged at my heart strings. It was about dealing with rejection from a parent or family member. I can tell you from personal experience, there is nothing quite so painful as facing abandonment from someone who is supposed to love you, but doesn’t. Whether that person physically or emotionally abandons you, both leave wounds so deep, that there’s great risk of infection, and even death. 

The death I speak of is not physical, but emotional. And the kind of infection that causes it is the kind that grows in your mind and heart as a result of the pain that rejection causes. It damages your filter and can cause you to see yourself in an unhealthy light. It can also make you to see others in an unhealthy light.

If you have been the unfortunate recipient of a deep rejection – a parent or sibling rejecting you, a divorce, a hate crime, a lost job, or your child closing the door on you – then I want to offer you a new letter. Not like the one our fictional character, Paula, had in her hands, but something better.

One that has a return address.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

This might be a commonly known Scripture, but it’s also a deeply personal message. A love letter from God to you. For God so loved the world. He isn’t talking about the dirt or the trees or the sky. He is talking about you. You are His love, and He loves you so deeply, He sent His only child to face torture and death, so a way could be made to spend eternity together. He pursues you no matter where you go (Psalm 139:7-8). He leaves the ninety-nine other sheep to look for you when you’re lost (Matthew 18:10-14). The depth of God’s feelings for us is unfathomable. We can’t possibly wrap our heads around the unconditional qualities of His love and acceptance.

You might be hurting as a result of experiencing rejection, but consider the source. People are flawed and they will always disappoint on some level. The closer they are to you, the more it will hurt. But that hurt has a silver lining. To every ying is a yang, and to every example of imperfect relationships is the proof of love – the consistent, trustworthy, and all-consuming love of God.

Don’t focus on what is behind. Keep your focus forward. You need not look any farther to find the One who not only wants you, but loves you… exactly as you are. No strings. No conditions. Just His love. Of course, there is so much more available when we choose to love Him back. He gives us all an invitation to abide in Him (John 15:4), find rest (Matthew 11:28), and learn from Him (Mark 1:17). Best of all, is the invitation to spend eternity in His loving presence (John 3:16). An eternity where rejection leaves no wounds and acceptance is the sweet perfume of Heaven.

Cherished One, I pray you can feel the loving arms of Jesus wrap tightly around you as you drink in love letters from the King of kings. Forgive those who reject, and allow God’s love letters to heal your heart and give you hope of what is real for you today, and what is to come. He will be with you always, to the ends of the earth (Mark 13:27, Psalm 98:3).

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

Be blessed,
C.K.

The Reveal is Coming!

Keep an eye on my social media sites this coming Tuesday, for an announcement about my new book, and a book cover reveal!

If you’d like to see the short video where I’ll be talking about the book, follow me on Instagram. I’m so excited to tell you about this book. In addition, you’ll have access to all my updates, videos, and Faith Memes!

EEK! I Saw it!

Click here to watch this 30 second video to find out what I saw. Like the Instagram post if you think I should do a live event for this! Remember to follow me while you’re out there!

If you don’t have Instagram, you can also go to my Facebook page to watch the video and take the poll!

Be blessed,
C.K.

The Future of Blogs

Times are changing! And so is the online culture. Our culture seeks quickly consumable information, and a blog doesn’t always fit neatly into that space. I see more of a move to platforms like Instagram for quick inspiration and short videos, rather than lengthy exhortations.

So I’m taking a play from my millennial daughter’s playbook, and will be shifting focus from a weekly blog to daily/every other day shorter, more quickly consumable bites of encouragement across my social media platforms. You’ve seen this already in the form of the Faith Memes I just rolled out. I’ve been getting a great response, which tells me I’m heading in the right direction.

I’d like your help to determine the future of blogs. I’ve set up a poll on my Facebook Author Page. Select your preference there – Do you want to see the blogs go away entirely and have website posts focus on announcements and events, or do you want to keep seeing them, just much less frequently? The poll will stay active for a week, so please go and vote! Your opinion is so important, because this is all for YOU!

On the matter of Faith Memes, I’d love for you to share your story or need for encouragement with me, so I can make a meme for you! See the Faith Memes page to make a submission. It’s quick and easy, and will always remain confidential.

Be blessed,
C.K.

Book Look

Hi, all! In the beginning of July, I told you I had two books I would be working on next. Thought I would use today’s blog to give you a little update on where I’m at.

My intent was to do a fiction thriller next, but God interrupted that plan, and gave me some new marching orders, which led to the non-fiction book I told you about in July, which I wasn’t ready to talk about yet. Well, I’m getting ready! Can I just tell you, God has been all over this book. He lit my mind and my fingers on fire and, together, we wrote this book in four weeks.

I know, right?

This book is incredibly near and dear to my heart, for reasons I’ll soon be sharing with you. The manuscript is with my editor now, and I just completed the photo shoot for the book cover. Those images are in the hands of my graphic artist, who will be creating a “telling” book cover. That’s a hint for you. Want more? Well, as a teaser, I’ll drop an unedited photo from the shoot, to give you an idea of what’s to come. Don’t worry, my Jesus loving friends! It will all make sense soon enough. I’ll be revealing more (pun intended) over the next few weeks. Anticipated release: October!

The second book is my next fiction thriller, What Lies in Wait. The storyboard is done, and I have officially started writing it a few days ago. I can confirm, you will definitely meet up with two characters from Stolen. Although the two books can be read separately and out of order, it will be so much more fun for you to read Stolen first! Get your copy today, so you can be ready when the new one comes out, which I’m targeting for December.

Be blessed,
C.K.

Faith Memes Launch

I’m SO excited to share the launch of Faith Memes with you! I want to hear your story. I want to know what kind of encouragement you need or if there’s something fantastic God’s been doing in your life that you want to celebrate.

I will turn it into a faith-based meme and share it on my social media platforms. Don’t worry, whatever you share will be held in confidence and your name will never be attached to the meme. I’ll respond back when I create one for your story so you know it belongs to you. Not only will you be blessed by it, but a piece of your story can touch so many other lives.

I’ll be using Instagram Stories as the main platform for these, so please visit my instagram page to follow me there! I’ll be including short video snipits on my story with some of the faith memes. You can also find a short video here, which will give you a little more information.

I hope you’ll be a part of this journey. Visit the Faith Memes Page to make a submission. It’s quick and easy, and you can share it with all your friends!

Be blessed,
C.K.

The Waiting Room Book Review

Robin Leigh Morgan is an Amazon top Book Reviewer and Blogger. Her review was unsolicited, and she did a wonderful job capturing the message and some very important perspective about the intention of the book. Her five star review blessed my heart. I hope it blesses yours as well.

Click here to read Robin Leigh Morgan’s Review of The Waiting Room