How this Book Came Alive
While bouncing between countries a couple of years ago, the idea came to me . . .
A friend had just married and I was SO happy for her! SO happy because I knew she had waited for a looooooong time for God to bring her new husband to her. And I remembered years ago, when she was in her mid 30’s, how she talked about making peace with her singleness and going through a raw, painful journey of trusting God with it. At the time, mid 30’s was ages away for me and I admired this serenity and wisdom she had about everything.
One night at a party, I did some subtle fishing with a guy one of my friends really liked only to make a sad discovery. He wasn’t interested in her. There were tears in my eyes for her on the way home. And I prayed. But I was also a bit annoyed. She was an awesome girl! So many friends longed for that special someone. WHERE. Was. He?!
A new mission was born. I started to pray with and for my girlfriends regarding our future husbands. And declare that they were on their way, dang it; in Jesus’ name, these guys were on their way!
Back to a couple of years ago when that one friend got married. It was like a spark of hope had ignited. If it can happen for her, then it can happen for others. And if it can happen for others then . . . it can happen for me.
After all, I’m in my 30’s now. And it’s become my story, too.
And so I thought that I would create this inspirational book and compile a nice big handful of these hope-sparking stories. I was so excited about this idea, I hardly slept for a couple of days. Yet I didn’t feel any peace to move forward. Argh. Don’t you hate when it’s clear that the Holy Spirit is putting something on hold when you’re just chomping at the bit!
So I guess I just sort of forgot about it.
Until a year later, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, quite unexpectedly, this book project came to mind again. And I knew it was the right time to start my search for stories.
But what I didn’t know was that I was about to meet my future husband that very week and end up with a story of my own!
So, beautiful one, if you feel like you’ve waited until you can’t wait any longer, if despondency and doubt are setting in like a mist on the moors, let these stories be a rope to hoist you out of that swamp of despair.
Believing with you,
“Those who sow in tears shall reap
in joy. (She) who continually goes forth
weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall
doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing (her) sheaves with (her).”
Psalm 146:5-6 NKJV
The book bio: Melissa Williams Pope can’t resist a good love story and seeing dreams come true! Originally from Los Angeles, Melissa holds advanced degrees in pastoral ministry and classical acting, and is a freelance writer, actor, singer and former church staffer.
When not glued to her laptop or memorizing lines, she can also be found coaching or delivering creative dream fulfillment workshops. And even though she spent about a decade crisscrossing the globe from Europe to the South Pacific, Mr Right still miraculously found her! She currently gets to enjoy living the newlywed life with him in Auckland, New Zealand.