DISCLAIMER: This is a very long blog post.
A few months ago, I was approached by Joy Harris on Instagram. She’d written a book about her grandmother Maggie Ingram and asked me to review it. I accepted and advised that if I liked it, I’d blog about it.
When the book arrived, I was going through a lot of personal hardships. I felt as though God had forsaken me. I delayed reading it because I didn’t feel I had the strength to pick up a book and read. I felt too busy for everything other than being consumed with my issues.
On June 12, I finally picked up the book and started reading. I initially only planned on reading for a half hour that day. I ended up spending my entire afternoon reading a book that completely renewed my strength and faith in God. It made everything I was going through feel so minimal, compared to what Maggie had gone through.
Maggie Ingram was a gospel singer and single mom to five children. She lived when it was near impossible for a woman to make it on her own. Maggie put her entire life in God’s hands, which resulted in her achieving unparalleled success in a male-dominated industry. Even a train accident that could have ended her life did not prevail because God fiercely watched over her life and protected her, she was a true testament to the work of his hands.
One of the things I admired about Maggie the most was her faith in God. Faith, something I’ve been struggling with since starting my business. I was prepared for things to be hard, but not as hard as they had gotten. I truly believe 2017 is my year of divine visitation and that by year end, I’ll have the greatest testimony of my life to share on this platform. For this reason, my faith has been tested in so many ways. Most people wouldn’t believe it or say I’m over dramatic because all you see is what’s on social media, the glitz, and glam.
I went through tests and failed, losing faith and not truly believing in God’s words because I thought my trials had become greater than God. I don’t even know how and why I let myself get to that point because, in all my years, God has always taken care of all my needs and has never let me down, but I let him down. I didn’t think I could overcome this feeling of feeling down and slowly losing faith until I read Joy’s book.
Maggie’s story was the kick in the butt I needed to reopen my eyes and see how good God truly is to those who believe. There’s a particular time in her life where God performed a miracle by saving her from what could have been a devastating accident for her and her loved ones. While on her way to preach, her train got derailed. All train cars were affected with the exception of the one she was on. Aside from a few scratches, she came out unscathed. God had truly spared her life.
I remember tears flowing down my eyes as I read that part of the book. I took a little break and just thanked God. Not just for having saved her life, but for also having saved my faith via this blessing of a book. I saw a lot of myself in Maggie Ingram. She was a female entrepreneur and a hard worker. The difference between her and I is that her faith was unshakable.
After reading her story, I made it my mission to grow my faith to the point where nothing can shake me, even through the worst of situations I never want to doubt that God will see me through. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been meditating on Philippians 4:13 and 1 John 4:4. Those two verses reassure me every day that there’s nothing I can’t do with God on my side.
I don’t think Joy Harris knew that by sending me this book, she had essentially sent me a life raft for my wavering faith. This book helped me find the strength to continue to fight the good fight of faith ( 1 Timothy 6:12). This book was truly a great blessing to me, and I hope it will be for you guys as well. You can find it on Amazon here.