One Of My Favorite Verses

During my sabbatical, I have invited published author Debbie Macomber, who is a regular part of HCC, to write this week’s HCC Blog.

For God hasn’t given us a Spirit of timidity but love, power and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

For as long as I have been a published author, when I autograph books, I include a Bible verse along with my signature. For many years that verse has been 2 Timothy 1:7.
I chose this verse shortly after starting my writing career. Until that point, I’d been a stay-at-home mom, writing from the kitchen table. It wasn’t long before I set up a home office and wrote there until our youngest was a high school senior. It was then that I felt the need to join part of the business community by renting space outside my home.  
Renting an office and hiring my first assistant was overwhelming; I was making decisions I felt completely unqualified to make. Because I needed direction, I decided to seek out the most successful women in our community for help. These wonderful ladies became my mentors. Because I had much to learn, we decided to meet for breakfast the following week. It turned out that we continued that tradition for over twenty years.  
We prayed for each other. We cheered each other on, offering advice and options. We shared our frustrations, our disappointments, and our successes. It wasn’t uncommon for us to loudly cheer or openly weep over our meals. I often wonder what those dining around us must have thought.
Early on, we decided we needed a Bible verse that would describe our lives and our work. We chose 2 Timothy 1:7. We felt that the Lord had brought us together to encourage and inspire each other. This verse seemed to exemplify the work the Lord had given us. None of us were timid. We loved and supported each other, and we were powerful women in the Lord.