UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. A winner has been emailed!
To continue my Blogoversary celebration, I’m sharing an interview and giveaway from Marcia Moston. Her story is sure to inspire you! As head of missions while her husband was pastor of a Vermont church, Marcia led mission teams to various countries in Central America. She holds degrees from the University of Vermont, and Trinity Theological Seminary. Marcia and her husband are Yankee transplants currently enjoying sunny South Carolina. You can connect with Marcia at marciamoston.com.
Hi, Marcia! I’m so happy to host you at Doorkeeper. Please tell us about yourself. Although I hold degrees in sociology and Christian education, most of what I’ve learned has been by the proverbial seat of my pants. I’ve taught English in a Christian high school, worked with orphans in a Mayan village, led mission teams to Central America, delivered Yellowbooks, stuffed vending machines, and lived in everything from tepees to parsonages.
I love to share the stories and lessons I’ve learned along the way about what a very real God can do with the smallest of our offerings. My first and most dear word from the Lord is “Be still and know that I am God.” ~Psalm 46:10~
What do you hope readers will glean from your story?
A fresh confidence in the Living One Who Sees Them. A sense of expectancy in encountering him. Both the story and its path to publication are examples of the possibilities of an ordinary life in the hands of an extraordinary God. I hope readers will be inspired and encouraged that whether they travel a thousand miles or a thousand feet, God can do exceedingly more than they imagine.
Tell us about Call of a Coward: It’s about laying aside your hopes, dreams, and fears to follow God even though where He’s leading seems to require credentials you lack and courage you don’t think you have. And about discovering just how personal and gracious He is.
Recording events and later rewriting them helped me to see just how involved God was (and is!) in my journey. I gained a deeper appreciation of his grace, and then after the manuscript won several contests, including the Women of Faith writing contest, I realized it was a message bigger than my personal story.
It was with fear and trembling that I put my name on the same line as Moses’, but the story is not about me or Moses; it’s about the God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Here’s my opening: “The problem with promising God you’ll follow Him wherever He leads is that you just might have to go.
I suspect it would be easier if you were certain of His calling—like stepping out the door and seeing the lilac bush on fire and hearing a voice commanding you. But when it’s your husband who is delivering the message—well, that leaves a little room for wonder.
At least that’s how I felt when my husband rocked my comfortable middle-class afternoon with his belief God was calling us to pack up and move to a Mayan village in Guatemala.”
And then a little further into the story: “The road exceeded my worst expectations. Cliffs rose straight up on one side and plunged straight down on the other. The dusty, rutted trail between the two was wide enough for one vehicle. It was one thing to ride a scary road with a husband you could yell at; it was another to ride a scarier road with a stranger who said with the same equanimity, ‘There’s a good view from the overlook up ahead,’ and ‘The brakes are bad, that’s why I have to pump them.’
Hernando downshifted, pumped the screeching brakes and entered the river. I couldn’t decide whether to look ahead at the slippery rocks on the steep bank, look behind from where we had safely come, or simply bury my head in my lap. If I needed a sign from God, this was it. I decided there was no way I could ride this road to go shopping, to get our mail, to find a doctor, to do anything─ ever. When, and if, I met up with Bob in the village, I was going to have to tell him so.”**
Those are great excerpts! Thanks for sharing them with us.
Now that you’re eager to read Marcia’s story, here are two ways you can get your hands on this book. As part of my Happy-Blogoversary-to-Me Month, I’m hosting a drawing for Call of a Coward . (US only) (1) Just leave a comment on this post to be included. (Contest ends Friday, August 24th.) (2) Or follow this link to purchase the book. (You may want to buy two, and share with a friend!)
**Permission link: Excerpted from Call of a Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle Class House-Wife. Thomas Nelson ©2012. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson, Inc. www.thomasnelson.com.
This week I’m linking up with Faith-filled Friday, Your Thriving Family, Still Saturday, A Heart Reflected, Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday, Soli Deo Gloria, Monday Musings, Gratituesday, Teach Me Tuesday, Living Well Wednesdays, and Thought-provoking Thursday.