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God is working through this blog to share testimonies of those who love Him. This blog will also chronicle the journey as my husband Elijah and I move across the country and adopt foster children as Christians.

The skimpy bikini my husband begged me to wear!

The skimpy bikini my husband begged me to wear!

Tiona Blyden is a wife, mother, author, and entrepreneur who runs  coaching and consulting ministries.

Tiona Blyden is a wife, mother, author, and entrepreneur who runs coaching and consulting ministries.

As I organized the closet of our 32 foot long RV, our home for the next year, I tuned in to an episode of The Christian Entrepreneurs Podcast. The host, Annemarie Cross, interviewed guest Tiona Blyden. Tiona is a wife, mother, author, and entrepreneur who runs coaching and consulting ministries.  Tiona’s About page of her website states that “she teaches Kingdom entrepreneurs to build their businesses/ ministries with the Word in one hand and purpose in the other hand.”

 When I tuned in the podcast, Tiona’s friendly voice and passionate faith drew me in. I immediately wished she was my friend I had known for years! She has a lighthearted and friendly attitude, but is serious about God.

Elijah helped me memorize my personal verse by drawing an illustrated diagram for me.

Elijah helped me memorize my personal verse by drawing an illustrated diagram for me.

 Promises
I just accepted Jesus in June of 2016, so I still at times feel new to prayer. When I have so many thoughts swirling in my mind, how do I know what to say or where to begin when I approach God?

 In the podcast, Tiona spoke about her book “The Power of Strategic Prayer.” She suggests that as a Christian who trusts in God, I choose a Bible verse that applies specifically to a situation in my life and speak the verse aloud in my prayers. Tiona explains that speaking the verse aloud will remind me of God’s promises. She encourages me to  break out of the standard “religious” routine of what I think I “should” say and choose a verse that means something to me personally.

My parents read to me every single night. I think that’s why I love stories so much and want to be a writer!

My parents read to me every single night. I think that’s why I love stories so much and want to be a writer!

 The book
If you have been following my blog, you know that my husband and I sold our condo, moved into a used RV, and I resigned from my job as an administrative assistant to start my own business as a freelance writer. Therefore, I chose a verse related to writing:
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
-Psalm 139:16

“Pictionary”
At the kitchen table after dinner one evening, I admitted to my husband Elijah that I was having trouble memorizing the verse.

Everyone has an extraordinary story waiting to be told. As a member of the  Story Terrace  team, I write the amazing life stories of my clients.

Everyone has an extraordinary story waiting to be told. As a member of the Story Terrace team, I write the amazing life stories of my clients.

“Let me show you a trick I use with my students,” he said, reaching for a pen and a piece of paper.
He then drew me an illustrated diagram, breaking the verse down into different sections, each one with a picture, until I was able to recite the verse entirely. When I find myself stumbling over the beginning, I still remember the funny-looking “eye” he drew, and it helps me remember the verse!

 The chapters
Over the long months that ensued as I pursued lead after lead and filled out application after application with no one interested in hiring me as a writer, I continued to repeat this verse in my prayers. The words assured me that though I didn’t know what my writing career will look like, God already does. After all, God is the one who called me to resign from my safe and predictable administrative assistant job and use my writing to glorify Him. I know that is what is written in His book for me. I just have to trust that He will take care of filling in the chapters.

Elijah begged begged me to wear the  skimpy bikini  on our vacation to Hawaii!

Elijah begged begged me to wear the skimpy bikini on our vacation to Hawaii!

 The scandalous bikini!
At last I was granted an interview with Story Terrace, a company made up of freelance authors who write true life stories and memoirs of their clients. I am now an official member of their freelance writing team with a live profile on their site! I will soon be matched up with a client to begin writing their biography.

My Story Terrace profile briefly describes my professional experience and also features a writing sample recounting my real-life memory of the first time my husband Elijah ever saw me in bikini. (Sorry Dad, I have to add a disclaimer: It was skimpy!)

 Promise kept
Though it took times of struggling, I am now a professional paid writer! This proves that using specific Bible verses in our prayers about the situations in our lives brings God’s promises to fulfillment.

 From now on, I plan to apply Tiona’s guidance of using relevant Scripture verses in all my prayers. As Elijah and I travel America in our RV, looking for a small town where we can put down roots, buy property, and adopt foster children, I can’t wait to see how God continues to deliver on His Word.

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