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Why not the strange story of how God met me at the library?
Twenty-three years old, newly married and out of work, I scanned the shelves for redecorating books. I wanted help to turn my two-bedroom apartment into a home. Someplace cozy for my husband and me. God had another idea. A better idea.
Cradling several books, I felt drawn to the 200s, jittery like a high school kid on Red Bull.
Weird. Why am I here? It’s the religion section!
Flanked by books on religion, I slid out Basic Christianity by John Stott. Simple, direct, basic like the title said. So basic I felt stupid. I looked left, right. No one near me. Good. I stuck it back and grabbed a fat book. An important book. That’s better.
I scanned several pages. Heady, theological, and boooooring. I jammed it back on the shelf.
Back to Basic Christianity. A new problem: What would the check-out clerk think if I checked it our? BASIC Christianity? She’ll think I’m stupid.
Today, as I look back, I know this was a holy moment. God showed me my foolish pride and fear.
God guided me to the checkout (the clerk didn’t bat an eye) and to my little apartment, where I devoured the simple book and accepted Jesus’ invitation to save me from my sins through faith in him. At once, an indescribable peace and joy replaced my restlessness.
When my husband came home, I hugged him big and said, “Guess what I did today, honey?” I borrowed his Bible, a soft cover New Testament that I read over and over and over.
God gave me his very best: life in Christ. Thank you, Jesus.
How I Became a Biblical Counselor. . .
As a child I knew emotional pain. I leaned toward girls like me. Quiet, shy, invisible girls. Girls with hurts. With secrets.
In my early 30s, I tripped into a black hole of depression. God “mothered” me back to life, then whispered a call to my heart, confirmed by scripture. He said, “bind up the injured” and “strengthen the weak” (Ezekiel 34:16) and led me to study pastoral care to women at Western Seminary, Portland.
Later I trained to become a certified biblical counselor through the ABC and am finishing additional certification from ACBC. As God have me hope, I counsel hope to the heart of women, couples, and families in greater Chicago and all over the world by Skype.
radio show host. . .
On my podcasts, I interview women who share their stories of hope and victory of healed hurts. Topics include abortion, depression, fear, adultery, abuse, and divorce.
speaker. . .
Speaking in front of people weakened my knees then God nudged me, “Tell your story, Lucy.” And so my speaking ministry began. At women’s events, I share talks on “Overcoming Obstacles: Avoiding the Potholes of Life” and “Staying Strong in Nervous Times” with a self-defense workshop.
writer. . .
I wrote three health books in the 1990s, selling more than 150,000 copies. Then God put down my pen. Our newly adopted baby had significant developmental delay. I prayed, “Lord, will I ever write another book?”and hoped for a “Yes,” not for me but for John, because if God gave a nod then I knew my little guy would be okay. And he is. He’s my miracle child. But that’s another story. God used my break from writing to heal broken places in my own life.
married to Stephen. . .
Just out of college, Steve and I said our “I do’s.” A few years ago we celebrated our silver anniversary. Steve is a businessman and pastor of the church plant: Grace Life Church.
and mom to Laura, Julia, and John.
Laura, a young adult with a compassionate heart, is married to Andy and works behind the scenes in a ministry. College student Julia plays point guard at her college and is studying public relations. God put a song in John long ago. Our high schooler plays guitar and sings regularly at churches.
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Addictions: Dark chocolate, Starbucks’ black iced tea (strong, no sugar).
Favorite song: “Held” by Casting Crown.
Hobbies: Reading, walking, and playing with my cat, Polly.