I called up a friend the other day, one whom I haven't spoken to in awhile and we were casually chatting. As with any conversation it was basic and going through the routines.
How is life? The kids? School? The job hunt? On and on and on.
It was fine.
It was comfortable.
It was socially normal and expected.
Then she asked about the book.
So a couple things went through my mind. The first thing I said was,
"It's fine. It's going good. Hard to write and find the time."
And with all those things being truthful, I still wasn't revealing the true matter on my heart.
I was scared and spending far too much time caring about what other people thought. I was worried that people won't like it, or they won't support it. I hadn't prayed over it in awhile and had taken total control of the matter back in my own hands.
I know my friend would understand this truth. I know she would pray with me and encourage me. That wasn't the issue.
The truth is, I didn't want the be the girl who was struggling. I didn't want to be the girl who had slipped in her faith and started to do it all on her own. I didn't want to be the girl who had to learn a lesson, who after years of overcoming her insecurity, was feeling more insecure than ever before.
I wanted to be the girl who was doing it right. Who didn't fall into temptation of making this book about me. I wanted to be the girl who surrendered her will to God every morning, prayed without ceasing over her work, created good habits to make it happen and could do it all. Doesn't that sound great? It sounds like a wonderful story of great faith and spiritual leading. I wanted that story. I wanted to for once in my life do it the right way.
But that wasn't what was happening.
And so, in a moment of feeling brave and wanting to be honest, I said what was true. I decided not to be who I wanted to be, but who I really was instead.
"The book is going well, but I have noticed lately that I am far too scared about what others think. My mind seems overrun with thoughts of feeling less than I am. I am scared that someone else could do it better. I worry that it will fail. I get nervous thinking about how others will value the quality."
I had said it out loud. The dark things that were crowding my brain. The hard things that were taking away my faith. After I say them out loud, I have to own that they are true.
To this, my friend encouraged me in my dream. She filled my heart with kind and encouraging words. And then she said, "You need to read the book of Joshua. Joshua is filled with courage and trusting God, and that is what you are doing. You are doing something courageous and your ability to trust in God is the only thing that will carry you through. Read Joshua and find comfort and truth in what you are doing."
All my tension and worry went away.
This, right here, is why we are writing a book.
This is what the book is about.
In the midst of even our struggle and weak faith, and total control issues, God is still present and working. When we are capable of taking off our expectations and ideals, and can be real with the people around us, God's truth becomes clear. Friends, mentors, blogs, pastors, scripture, podcast, whatever and whenever you find it, truth can be revealed.
I was reminded that day to be honest. It does no one any good to pretend to be something they are not. My honesty encouraged my friend, and she was able to encourage me as well. She spoke encouragement and pointed me toward truth to heal my wound, my insecurity, and my weakness.
If I haven't told you yet here, I am telling you now.
My friend Henry and I are writing a book about stories. Stories we live every day that hold deep spiritual truths. These stories are used in communicating about our faith with others. These stores enrich and encourage others. These stories point towards heaven. These stories bring heaven to earth. They nurture love and forgiveness and God's ultimate power and goodness. There is power in the stories we live here on earth.
We would love to share this project with you. Henry and I are interested in making this a community project. If you are interested in pre-ordering this book and supporting the writing process, please donate to our campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/more-than-a-story/x/2561912.
If you are interested in knowing more about the project after the funds are raised, during the writing project, please visit our website www.pearabull.com or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mightier-Press/301285753332675?ref=hl
I am excited about this book. I am also really excited about all the ways is shaping my heart and creating a deeper trust in him in regards to all the stories of my life. Thank you for being apart of this journey. Thank you for showing up and walking through life with us.
Be blessed friends.