Happy Monday, everyone. I just returned from a fan-tabulous weekend with the awesome ladies of Peace Lutheran Church in Beavercreek, Ohio. What a great time I had!! Everything was so well done–from the planning to the decor to the delicious lunch made and served by the men of the church to the dozens of cool door prizes they gave away. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and, after two days alone in a beautiful hotel, feel refreshed and renewed AND ready for the second installment of our Spring Has Sprung Give Away.
Today, meet my dear friend and fellow Proverbs 31 speaker Micca Campbell. She is a prayer warrior, godly Bible teacher, home decorating expert, funny lady, inspiring writer and awesome speaker. Oh…..and about the speaking part….she has the thickest southern accent you’ll ever hear. She jokes that when she speaks here in the Midwest, she needs an interpreter!!!! Good thing you are reading this instead of listening!!! :-)
Micca knows all too well the unpredictable nature of life. As the 21-year-old mother of an infant son, her world was shattered when she lost her husband to a tragic accident. Reeling from her loss, Micca feared for her future, and struggled to overcome her aching loneliness. Yet in her darkest moment, she discovered God’s remedy for our deepest fears. In Micca’s book, An Untroubled Heart, she presents a woman’s guide for living a carefree, worry-free life. She explores the anxieties of every woman’s heart from insecurities, to finances, to marital challenges, to raising healthy children. You’ll be encouraged to lay down your worries, trust in your Heavenly Father, and embrace a life marked by peace and joy. Bible Study Questions at the end of each chapter. Micca is also a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries who is touching and transforming the lives of thousands across the US.
Micca, tell me a little bit about what life is like at your house these days.
In one word—busy. I have two teenagers so my life consist of what every other woman’s life consist of who also have teens. My world is filled with homework, baseball, hormones, report cards, and a lack of energy!
You went through a real time of testing in your young adult life. Tell us what happened.
I awoke one morning alone, a new mother, and a widow at the age of 21. I met my husband Porter at nineteen. He was such a looker that my friends had only one word to describe him—“Mercy!” He had a cute little dimple in the middle of his chin and a picture perfect smile. His eyes were like deep pools of rich chocolate that his brown, wavy hair framed and nestled on his collar. Most important, was his way of seeing the best in me and others always putting his self last before the needs of his family, friends, and co-workers. Porter was the perfect package both inside and out.
We didn’t date long before we were married. When our son came along a year and half later, life was going just as I had always planned. It couldn’t have been better. I was living “the fairytale.” Then, tragedy struck.
While waterproofing the basement of my sister’s home, there was an explosion that left my husband badly burnt over 80% of his body. He lived in excruciating pain for eight days at Vanderbilt burn center before he died. When the funeral was over and the people were gone, I realized I was living my worst fear—the death of my spouse.
The newspaper called me a survivor. I didn’t feel like a survivor. Instead I was consumed with fear, grief, and anger. That’s the bad news. The good news is that with each passing day, my future grew brighter as I clung to God and His promises.
In my book, I take the reader along on my journey as I moved from fear to faith. This is the life that God intends for us. While this world is full of things that can cause us to fear, God doesn’t want us to become worry-warts. Because we were created to live by faith and not fear, a worry-free life is possible for all.
How did you get the idea to write this book?
Having faced every woman’s greatest fear and, indeed, surviving, I knew I had to write a guide that would encourage others in their anxieties. Whether your concern is due to illness, a strained marriage, the unknown future, or you’re a fear driven parent, there’s hope. My desire was to share that hope so that others could find freedom from fear.
What have been some of the biggest fears you have faced or still face today?
That night when my husband didn’t come home for dinner, I waited and waited on a phone call that never came. It wasn’t until my dad arrived at my front door that I became aware of the accident. So, when a loved one of mine is running late and they fail to call me, I imagine the worst! That’s because our past fears tend to fuel our present fears. Until we are willing to invite God into our present, we will continue to be haunted by our past.
What to you most want women to know about facing their fears, whether big or small?
I want women to know that a life worry-fear life is possible.
Are there any verses that are especially meaningful to you on this subject?
Yes. There are several that I discuss in my book, but since we have limited space here today I’ll share one with you.
Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
In this verse, God gives us 5 reasons not to fear:
Fear not—I am with you
Fear not—I am your God
Fear not—I will strengthen you
Fear not—I will help you
Fear not—I will uphold you
That’s support we can bank on!
You’ll be offering a giveaway to our readers this week. What is it?
I’d love to give away a copy of my book, An Untroubled Heart. We all have something that spooks us. No matter what your fear is, my book provides practical and spiritual ways to be an over-comer.
Thanks so much for visiting with us here today, Micca and for encouraging us as we face our fears.
It’s been my pleasure, Karen.
Now for the give away…..
Leave a comment here. It can be anything that has anything to do with fear. What fears you face or have faced in your life. What verses speak to you. Why you could use this book on fear–whether for you or a friend. Or if your day is swamped, just leave a comment and say “I’m in!!” I’ll announce the winner mid-week.
Sweet Trusting-not-Fearing blessings,