I have the privilege of serving on the launch team for writer, author, speaker, and my friend, Micah Maddox, as she debuts her new book: Anchored In: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World.
As I poured over the pages written by this precious woman of faith, I am met with some familiarity, heartache, smiles, tears, and ultimately a love for God that surpasses anything that we can wrap our heads around.
No one wants to go through the impossible. No one wants to live through a devastating illness of a loved one. And no one wants to endure the intense pain that goes with abandonment and all the baggage that comes with that.
But Micah did. And it was God who provided the anchor for her to endure and stand firm.
At a young age, Micah’s dad, a pastor, left his family, his church, and the life he knew, never to return. The events of that Sunday morning forever changed her life, but she says, “When we find ourselves in the deep, hard places, we realize God never leaves us.”
It’s during these dark times that we often feel our light has been extinguished, and there’s uncertainty as to whether things will ever be bright again.
I too have lived through some unthinkable events; the untimely death of my biological father when I only seven years old; the burden placed on my mother as a single parent, trying to provide for us the best she could, and somehow finding the courage to be happy and move forward, despite the pain. I’m not sure how she did it, but like Micah, our mothers are heroic.
We have all faced challenges and crises, but Micah tells us, “The biggest problem we face is not a lack of God’s power; it’s realizing where real power comes from.”
If we remember the Lord every time we find ourselves in the pit, or the deep places, or lost as we travel a certain path, we will realize that He is the anchor that holds our lives together. There’s no wondering about it, no doubt in our minds, and absolutely, positively nothing for us to worry about.
“Living anchored in God’s power doesn’t take the difficult stuff away, but it does allow us to walk through the difficult days without drowning.”
~ Micah Maddox
That’s what we hope and pray for on a daily basis.
Micah’s story is jam packed with emotion, but you also see a fervent hope and an everlasting faith-hold in our God.
We are to keep our eyes focused on Him; keep a realistic grasp on the fear we are facing; and take advantage of every moment that we have with those we love.
No one said this life would be easy, but because God is the real deal, our real power and the holder of our lives, we can move forward with a confidence and strength that surpasses anything we thought possible.
Anchored In: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World, will tug at your heart strings, make you shake your head in awe as you follow Micah’s steps through the valleys of life, and feel the smiles spread across your face as you listen to her message of hope, love, and restoration. You will be blessed by this powerful testimony as it conveys to each of us to hold on tight to the one stronghold in our lives.
Be Blessed on this Friday!
Micah Maddox is a women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, writer, blogger, and author of Anchored In: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World. She is passionate about helping women find purpose, peace, and calm in our chaotic world. As a pastor’s wife and mother of three, she contributes her time to MOPS and her local church – including serving as a women’s ministry leader. You can learn more about Micah and her new book at micahmaddox.com. Connect with Micah on Facebook.