“This is my story, this is my song……”
Are you familiar with Fanny Crosby???
“Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind … for when I die; the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour.”
Blind for all of her life, Fanny Crosby, the greatest hymn writer in the history of the Christian Church, later wrote, “And I shall see Him face to face, and tell the story – Saved by grace.”
She saw over 8,000 poems set to music and over 100,000,000 copies of her songs printed.
As many as 200 different pen names, including Grace J. Frances, were given her works by hymn book publishers so the public wouldn’t know she wrote so large a number of them. She produced as many as seven hymn-poems in one day. On several occasions, upon hearing an unfamiliar hymn sung, she would inquire about the author, and find it to be one of her own!
Born in a one-story cottage, her father, John, was never to be remembered by Fanny for he died in her twelfth month. When Fanny was six weeks old, she caught a slight cold in her eyes. The family physician was away. Another country doctor was called in to treat her.
He prescribed hot mustard poultices to be applied to her eyes, which destroyed her sight completely! It was later learned that the man was not qualified to practice medicine, but he had left town and was never heard of again.
Fanny never felt any resentment against him, but believed it was permitted by the Lord to fulfill His plan for her life. A wise mother set about immediately to prepare her daughter for a happy life, in spite of this great handicap.
This story blesses my heart so much.
I’m on the precipice of doing one of my big dreams…..to mentor women through an online workshop so they can confidently & effectively share their messages on social media.
Fear shows up extra loud on these days but here is the true, gritty, real-life experience when you’re on the edge of doing your purpose.
Your heart gets all churned thinking “what if no one responds” or “what if I mess up or look dumb”…..”what if I FAIL?”…..
But that “oh yeah, it’s gonna be ok” feeling floods if you can remember two things…..
1. Serve and love those who show up to learn
2. You’re only responsible for the message and the heart behind it…..God carries the responsibility for the results when you’ve done your best.
Sometimes it reveals that we can learn even more, get even better, and go even further on a wing and a prayer.
Sometimes you learn that your passion and purpose is even deeper and attempting a risk is the only key that unlocks the true purpose.
Have you noticed the pattern?
God planted the seeds of the message, the messenger did the thing they were prepared in advance to do, and all the while God is whispering “FEAR NOT! I AM WITH YOU!”
Not one of these History Makers had any sort of promise of what the future would hold.
The blips also don’t always tell the whole story…….how they tried…and tried again…and again…..and again……you get the picture.
Faith and hope kick in on full-throttle……seems that’s the place to be if you want to impact the world- no shrinking back in fear when your purpose and dreams intersect.
What’s on the other side of your fear?