Two days ago, I received an email asking if I was still writing blogs because she hadn’t seen any lately. How sweet of her to ask. She was right. I haven’t written since April 11th (Won’t You Be My Love).
I realized yesterday that my blog’s one year anniversary is today, July 16th. “If they asked me, I could write a book…” was that first post where I said, “I keep writing and writing, waiting for a book to pop out, but it never does.” But now, looking back, I know that it finally did “pop out”. If you’d like to read it, this is My Story.
It even had a sequel, a series of posts that expanded on that story: Moment By Moment.
So, what have I been doing since that last post on April 11th? Well, another interesting story has begun. It all started on March 28th, when I realized that I wasn’t going to have something written in time for Maggie’s birthday party.
You remember Maggie. She’s the young songwriter featured in the original Moment By Moment post. If we’re friends on Facebook, you’ve most likely received that post as my birthday present to you (written on my birthday last October).
You see, Maggie’s amazing parents were putting together a one-of-a-kind birthday party for a one-of-a-kind 16 year old girl. They wanted to tell the story of Maggie’s life, honoring the God who made that life possible, and share the day with friends and family who had impacted Maggie’s first 16 years. I was honored to be on the guest list. And those on the guest list were asked to write something to bring to the party to share with Maggie.
But my brain wouldn’t cooperate. I wanted to encourage Maggie with words of wisdom, something akin to Bart Millard’s “Dear Younger Me“. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote, but it just wouldn’t come together. I always say that I need a lot of “space” in my brain to write, and I was seriously lacking in space. I sobbed as I told my dear husband that I couldn’t do it. And I almost decided not to go to the party. Thankfully, John encouraged me to go anyway, even without something written. I’m so glad I did.
The party was incredible. I would have gone if only to be able to watch Maggie’s mom tell the story of her life. It was beautiful. And then friends and family shared and their stories added to the beauty of the day. We all joined hands and prayed over Maggie. I prayed that Maggie and her friends would never cancel their plans because they felt inadequate.
I cried as I prayed those words, because I knew that God wanted me there and I knew He wanted me to pass along that message. I didn’t want them to ever miss an opportunity like that because, in engaging with others, we are in fact engaging with God.
Here’s how God engaged with me that day. I sat with two friends who I hadn’t seen in years. We spent some time catching up on each other’s lives. I shared with them about my blog and about the miracle that God performed on September 13 & 14, 2014. That was the beginning of my story: Redeemed – Part 1. In that post, I wrote about seeing MercyMe in concert. Bart Millard, MercyMe’s lead singer, had “been on an amazing road to transformation over the last couple years and it was exciting to hear his story.”
One of my friends said, “Do you know what started all of that? He read a book by John Lynch called The Cure“. She and her husband “just happened” to have been on the “MercyMe at Sea” cruise in January 2015 where they got to hear first-hand from Bart Millard about the book and why it was so impactful to him. In fact, you can hear about it, right from the authors themselves, in this 11 minute podcast: Sailing in the Dark. MercyMe’s Welcome to the New album was directly inspired by this book.
Well, I went home from Maggie’s party and ordered the book. And when it arrived, I devoured it. Many times throughout the book, I literally laughed out loud as I read. I could not believe what I was reading. So many of the concepts I’ve written about in this blog are IN THIS BOOK. Bart Millard never mentioned “The Cure” at the concert last September. How huge is God that He was able to communicate all of this to me through MercyMe’s album, never having read the book that the album was based on?
If it was that important to God that I find this book, then I needed to know more. I’ve since bought several other books by the same authors and listened to many podcasts on their website, TrueFaced.com:
Bo’s Cafe: “The Cure” for marriage (devoured that one too)
The Ascent of a Leader: “The Cure” for leaders (currently devouring this one)
On My Worst Day: John Lynch’s story (this one is next on my list to devour)
Podcasts: “Bo’s Cafe” informal chats with the authors, each only about 10-15 minutes long
And I’m blessed to be working through “The Cure” Small Group Study with two dear friends this summer. We’re about half way through and it’s been wonderful.
But, first and foremost, if you’re intrigued, get “The Cure“. And if you’re inspired too, please share.
And what ever happened with Maggie’s birthday present? That 50th post, Won’t You Be My Love, was for her. And this 51st post? This one is for everyone. After all, when you find the cure, don’t you want to share it with the world?