In 2019 when I announced my engagement to my church community, I was ridiculed for choosing an unsaved and told that if I decided to continue with the marriage, I would be relieved of my positions. I was also told that I could not testify in church. I was made to believe that God would not have an interest in me or consider me for anything good. Nevertheless, I continued with my decision, attended the same church, activated my weapons and worshipped my way through as I believe in God for something bigger, after all, He showed me the guy in a dream, three times.
On January 4, 2021, I woke up reciting Isaiah 41:18 “I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water”. I later printed the words and posted in my room, believing God, for something bigger. As I sat in church one Sunday, the Holy Spirit instructed me to “Now write”. It was also revealed to me that people are struggling with church hurt, some have accepted the version of themselves, as told by man and have forgotten who God has called them to be.
I later penned a book entitled “Where Shame Ends, Grace Begins: Chronicles from the Redeemed” which captures the story of three youngsters who struggled with suicidal ideations, unforgiveness and fornication which led to pregnancy, despite being called Christians and how they were able to find restitution, with the help of non-judgemental clergy men.
My book was released in October of the same year and has since been used in book clubs both locally and internationally. Persons have also shared how the book has allowed them to return to Christ, and improved their relationship with God. In April 2022, the book was awarded second place in the Top Women’s Empowerment Category of the Kingdom Indie Author Awards. Shortly after, I was contacted by the Founder of Totally Well Women’s Community to engage women in group therapy sessions.
My second book, “Recovering My Ring and My Robe: The Christian Recommitment Journal” was released in September of this year. It teaches people how to recommit their lives to Christ, using the story of the prodigal son. For two days, this book became an Amazon Best Seller. Writing and speaking have become a ministry where I empower women to move from a place of shame to success and rejection to resilience so they can live an abundant life in Christ.
My decision challenged me mentally, emotionally and spiritually, but God turned it around for my good. Nothing with God is ever wasted!
Written by: Kemone Francis
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