Let me tell you a little story about circumstances and consequences, about inspiration and compassion, about passion and purpose, about a book I wrote!
Back in Dec. of 2014, I was stuck on the couch in a leg cast for 8 weeks, pretty miserable by all accounts. I wanted to keep up with my blog, so I wrote a post with all I could offer at the time. It wasn’t anything I had written before, but my words reflected exactly where I was at- and I thought to myself, “What a waste of time. Who would care about this?”
I always write with hopes to share some kind of message that informs or inspires- and this felt completely off focus. But I published it anyway…
It was real and honest, something I’m known to be. So there’s that.
Somewhere deep within my heart, I had a growing passion to write a book, but I had no clear vision of what that would look like, or what I would actually write about. I felt I had nothing worthy to offer, nothing different or surely nothing that would meet any reader’s needs-
So I prayed.
I prayed God would give me clarity and wisdom on what to write about, if I were meant to write a book. There needed to be purpose. There always needs to be purpose.
I waited. I brainstormed endlessly. I struggled with many various ideas. And while I did, I noticed that one fateful blog post rise in my traffic stats. It continues to be the most viewed post on my blog since. I began receiving messages, comments, and emails with personal stories and gratitude for my words. It didn’t ‘hit‘ me until months later, when I had another surgery landing me back in that well of words, so I decided to write another post similar to see if it too, would be received that well.
Meanwhile, my burden grew for all those women I would hear from and all the views I would get on both of those posts, and I would think to myself, ‘All these women need encouragement! I think I can help them.” Thousands of women- need support, encouragement and help through post surgery recovery… Thousands have read those posts. My heart still breaks open with every new comment, and this slow rising compassionate fire continues to burn within me.
I have experienced several various surgeries for many different reasons through the last decade- all of which left me wounded, weary, stressed out, lonely, angry, sad, and in excruciating pain. I’ve felt the burden of allowing others to take over many duties I couldn’t carry out, while being forced to loosen the intense grip of control. I’ve struggled with attempts at mothering my kids from within the confines of my broken body, and I’ve surely felt the undeniable emotional uproar that rises with every turn. I’ve been stuck in the stillness, lamenting my limitations, and managing the pain while trying to keep perspective and find purpose in it all.
Oh, there are so many challenges for women to face, when stripped of our usual roles and duties!
I know this all too well.
I realize now, that God was equipping me to write this book through the many different experiences I have had with injury, illness, and surgeries. I’m still in awe of this revelation, to be honest. Just wow. As I wrote this book, I reflected through all my circumstances, and drew from the commonalities that I believe every woman would endure while they are recovering from any injury, illness, or surgery.
I want to help ALL women who face a season of healing and recovery- I’m not writing from a medical standpoint, but rather my book reads more like a long supportive letter from one girlfriend to another. If you are ever in this situation, I want to take your hand, and help you through this difficult journey and give you HOPE. Through your physical pain, your emotional turmoil, and your mental anguish, I want to help you find purpose and meaning through it all.
I’ve been there, sister. I know. We’ve got this.
With tears I write this-
MY BOOK IS OUT ON AMAZON!!!
Help and Hope While You’re Healing
A woman’s guide toward wellness while recovering from injury, surgery or illness.
If YOU know of anyone in this place, please pass this gift on to them.
You can purchase the book HERE.