I have one of those testimonies – you know the ones where people gasp as you are sharing it. For many years, I lived with the shame and condemnation of my past. I had to defend myself from the fiery darts thrown by many Christians.
A misguided search for love and acceptance led me into a world of drugs and life in a motorcycle gang. Caught up in a violent gang war, I became a victim of two gunshots wounds when a rival gang opened fire with M16 rifles. Within those few seconds, the crippling bullets forever changed my life.
In my determination to start a new life, I encountered the hope and healing of God’s transforming love. Often people would tell me, “You ought to write a book.” I always balked at the idea, after all; I’m not a writer. I wouldn’t know where to begin, and the thought of it was overwhelming.
Eventually, I listened to the Lord’s conviction that it was His purpose for me to write the book. My testimony could help others discover the truth of God’s love. The Lord will restore what was broken and make a heart whole again.
My introduction to becoming a writer was literally a cry-out to the Lord, “Help me!” Although, it may not sound spiritual, this has been my heart’s cry with each new chapter. I reminded myself that the Lord would not call me without equipping me.
I searched the internet for writing resources and found helpful blogs and advice. I attended my first Christian writers conference and brought with me an unsure heart. In my hand, I held my book’s outline and prologue willing to offer it up for critique.
It was at this first conference that I met Vonda. I was inspired as I witnessed her passion for helping others. What a relief for this newbie writer to know much-needed help would be available along the way.
To my delight, I found a group of kindred hearts longing to be used by God through their writing and speaking. I am so grateful to all the wonderful speakers and editors that encouraged me that weekend. Because of their generous spirits, I not only learned writing and speaking tips, but I gained the confidence that my story needed to be told.
A year later, I walked through the door at the Christian Communicators Conference. I could not have realized the tremendous sense of community I would experience that weekend and in the future. Vonda, Carolyn, Cynthia, I treasure your coaching and your friendship. My CC sisters, it is an honor to be a part of God’s mission to share His unfailing love to the lost and the brokenhearted.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony. Revelation 12:11a (NJKV)
Love and Blessings,
Maureen Hager is a survivor. Her passion lies in empowering women to receive healing from their brokenness through the love of Christ. Once a wounded victim in a biker gang war, her painful journey led her into a place of restoration. Her testimony of deliverance and hope has impacted women of all ages.
She is currently writing her first book based on her journey through emotional, spiritual and physical trauma.