Margaret H. Johnson
Author. Inspirational Speaker. Self Publishing Consultant
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be You!
"I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14
As you probably already know, my new fiction novel, "Breaking Free From Me" is set to be released on June 1, 2017. It has been quite some time in the making, but I am so proud of this body of work. I know that it will be a blessing to you so go ahead and preorder a copy of the book at a discounted rate. You can find the link on the blog.
I wanted to personally invite you to a book signing event to celebrate the release of my new novel. What better way to celebrate than to see your face in the place and personally thank you for your support!! The details are below. If you are local or can make it, I would love to see you there.
Book Signing Celebration
June 3, 2017
Reserve at Glenburnie Clubhouse
100 Gurten St
New Bern NC 28562
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Stop by for a few minutes or stay for a while!
Food and fellowship, giveaways and prizes throughout the event
Look forward to seeing you there!
Until Next Time,
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be You!
First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered my new fiction novel, "Breaking Free From Me." Your support has been a source of encouragement that motivates me to continue in my purpose. We can all achieve some measure of success on our own, but the feeling that comes from walking in our God given purpose is one that cannot be explained with mere words.
Every time I write a post about my upcoming book, I am reminded of a time when I felt like my purpose was over. I was confined to a wheelchair and bedridden and I literally thought my life was over. I was in physical pain, but the emotional pain was ten times worse. I made the mistake of taking my eyes off of God, and instead, I focused on my present state. I knew God was a healer, but a lapse in judgment caused me to magnify my problems instead of magnifying God.
When I came to myself, I realized that God was using my valley moment as the very catalyst to refuel and realign my purpose. As I allowed God to the mend the broken pieces within me, my faith reignited and a determination to move forward was birthed. As a result of total surrender to God's plan for my life, I have a greater sense of value and self-worth because my desire is to please God and not others. I know from experience that whenever you minister or share a gift, you have to be first partaker. In writing "Breaking Free From Me", I realize that my valley moment was a lesson in dealing with emotions and ultimately dying to myself in order to become the person God created me to be. My hope and prayer is that you will find a new sense of freedom in your life as you read this book. I hope it's the same type of freedom I experienced after writing it.
I hope you enjoy this second excerpt from the book, and if you haven't already, take a minute to click the tab entitled, "Preorder Breaking Free From Me" on the blog and reserve your copy of the book today!!
Until Next Time,
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be You!
I wish you could see the huge smile on my face as I am writing this post!! I am just so excited about my new book, "Breaking Free From Me" coming in June 2017!! It has been over 2 years in the making, but I believe it's my best body of work to date. I know you have probably heard other author's say that about their books as well, but I really believe this book is going to be a blessing to you.
Pre-order details are just around the corner so stay tuned! In the meantime, I wanted to offer you an inside look into the book. Just download the link below, and you can read an excerpt from the book!! I'm so excited and I just can't hide it!! After you read the excerpt, take a minute and comment below and tell me what you think!
Until Next Time,
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be You.
I woke up this morning with such an overwhelming since of joy because God is just so faithful to His word. I have seen the hand of God move in so many areas of my life and although everything is not perfect, I know that God is fighting for me every step of the way at every stage of my journey. I have openly shared with hardships and struggles dealing with an illness that affects my mobility. There were days when I was led by my emotions and I felt depressed and down and out. It seemed as if things were never going to get better. The more I let my emotions rule me, the lower I spiraled into the depths of depression and despair.
In a moment of clarity, however God reminded me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and His plan for my life was greater than anything I could have ever imagined. God is faithful. He has restored me and I am now walking again after two years!! I know this is just the tip of the iceberg because God is just that awesome. As I laid in bed during my time of reflection it became even more clear to me that true freedom comes from a relationship with God. We loose shackles and chains in our lives when we deny our flesh and walk in the spirit.
My new book, "Breaking Free From Me" is all about breaking free from our flesh and totally surrendering to God's will and plan for our lives. Take a minute to watch this video with details for the book and stay tuned because Pre-order details are coming soon!!
Until next time,
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be You!!
There are dozens of companies that offer strategies on how to build a business, sell your product or service, and even give advice on how to find a mate. If you have ever visited one of these websites, they are often inundated with loads of information and one, two, three step programs. While these websites are oftentimes filled with good tips and give practical advice on how to reach a desired goal, I am of the mindset that a partnership with the Holy Spirit is the first step you should take if you want to reach your ultimate goal in life.
I have learned over the years that the Holy Spirit is a gift from God and if you are sensitive to His voice, then He will always lead you in the right direction. I am not knocking life coaches by any means but I am a firm believer that if you consult the Holy Spirit first, He will lead you to the right earthly partner. He will be with you when you go to the board meeting and pitch your product. He will instruct you on what to say, and He will give you creative ideas and witty inventions. Yes, you may reach success following practical steps, but following God's plan through the leading of the Holy Spirit will result in guaranteed success. Watch this inspirational YouTube video I posted this morning and subscribe to my channel. God bless you and stay tuned for details on my new fiction novel coming in June!!
Until Next Time,
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be You!
I am so excited to announce that after four years, I am finally finished with my fifth book! It has been a long time coming and although I have faced some setbacks and detours along the way, I know that God's plan is always perfect. I never gave up on the idea that I would write another book but you know how it is - life happens. Sometimes you are faced with certain roadblocks and you just have to take some time to take a deep breath and reevaluate things. When I began to look at my illness with different lenses, I realized that being in a wheelchair doesn't define me. I still have purpose and God still has a plan. Everyday I am growing stronger and stronger both spiritually and physically and all I can say is that God is working things out for my good.
My passion for writing, if I were to be completely honest started to dim a little because when I first started, writing almost consumed everything. God was constantly giving me ideas for new books and I was pouring everything into it. I would stay up late nights writing and time just seemed to fly by. Speaking engagements were coming left and right and I was excited about the journey God had me on. Then things started to slow down. The speaking engagements started to decline and the books weren't selling as much and I looked at my bank account and wondered how in the world I would be able to sustain life for myself and three young boys. I thought that it would be okay to go and look for a job and still do ministry. People do it all the time right? I went back to work and started part time, then I was presented with a full time opportunity that I accepted and I felt like God was restoring my career after a major setback. The money was good and I felt fulfilled. I was making plans to take courses to build my value in the business community and I was starting to climb the corporate ladder almost in the same way I had done when I first got sick back in 2009. Then, about eight months after accepting that full time job my health started to decline again. It was such a devastating blow at first. I thought to myself, not again. After going through the process of my emotions and looking back over everything that happened, I started to realize that God's plan for my life is bigger than what I could have even imagined for myself.
He intervened in my life so that I would stay on the path that He has for me and that is to write books and share the message of Jesus Christ full time and now I finally understand. Losing the ability to walk has been a life changing experience for me in many ways. If I were to be truly honest, there were parts of me that didn't think that God could use me in a big way. I wondered if I would be accepted. I felt unworthy in many ways and I wondered if I was good enough. Now I realize those were tricks from the enemy to try and kill the purpose in me because he knew that God wanted to use me. I have learned more about myself in the last two years than I can even begin to put into words. I know that I am strong. I know that I am capable. I know that I am an overcomer and I have finally fully embraced the purpose God has for me. It has been a journey to say the least but I know God is going to get the glory out of my life. If that means that I have to go through so that I can encourage someone else, then I fully embrace that calling. My passion for writing and walking in my purpose has sparked again and as I submitted to God, the words began to flow on the pages and before long, I looked up and the book was complete. I am excited about sharing all the details with you first right here on the blog and I know that this book is going to bless you so stay tuned for more. The best is yet to come!
Have you ever struggled with fully embracing your purpose? How did you overcome your struggles? I would love to hear from you!
Until next time,
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be You!
I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank all of you who have prayed for me and supported my blog thus far. God is doing some amazing things in my life and I know that He is not through with me yet. I have been chronicling my journey to walking again and I have to tell you that not only are others being blessed by my candid sharing but God is speaking to me even more clearly since I have started sharing via video. If you haven't seen the videos, take a minute to send me a friend request on fb by clicking the icon on the subscribe link. Everyday things are getting better and better and today I was able to take quite a few steps!! I am so grateful to God that He is allowing me to see His glory manifesting right before my very eyes. Prayer definitely works and I know that glory is coming after this!!
God reminded me of the story of Hannah and how she was ridiculed and ostracized by Pinninah because she was able to have children and Hannah was not. God had not forgotten about Hannah because He was using her barrenness to bring about great promise. Hannah poured our her heart to God and after time passed, despite the continual ridicule and cruelty of Pinninah, Hannah gave birth to a son. She in turn dedicated her gift back to God.
I want to encourage you today to hold on to the promise that God gave you. Your circumstances right now may not line up with the vision but keep pushing forward because the glory of God will be revealed in your life. Despite the opposition. Despite the setbacks. Despite ridicule and mistreatment from others, your prayers will be answered. Your barrenness is just a stepping stone into your destiny.
I look forward to hearing all of your testimonies of how God has answered your prayers. Don't worry about how long its taking. Don't get distracted by what others might say. Stay focused on the greatness inside of you and know that after you have gone through the fire, you shall come forth as pure gold!!
Until Next Time,
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be YOU!!
Have you ever been in a place in your life where you needed answers and no matter how hard you searched you couldn't find what you were looking for? I have been in that place so many times in my life and it is a paralyzing feeling because by nature I am a planner. I always want to know what is going to happen next. When planning an outing I am the one with the itinerary and time schedule. While this type of preparation is of value in many situations, this quality has little value when it comes to having a relationship with God. If you have been saved any amount of time, you know that God does not always give you the plan ahead of time. He gives you bits and pieces here and there. At times I am able to deal with this reality, but at other times it brings about frustration.
I have been dealing with sickness for quite some time and although my good days outweigh my bad days, lately I must admit that I needed some answers. I know that what I am going through is bigger than just a sickness but I wanted God to show me the plan. As the months lingered on and I had no concrete answer, I was left with feelings of confusion and frustration. I told God that I would do what He asked. I prayed for answers but I heard nothing. Then when I least expected it, I received divine revelation straight from God.
I awoke from my sleep in the middle of the night and God reminded me of Zechariah 4:10: "Despise not the days of small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices in the work that begins." He told me that I needed to be on the offense and go into the enemy's camp and take my healing back. For months I have been trying to defend myself against the enemy's tactics but now I have to fight back. It all starts with a small step. So today is a brand new day. I have a new attitude. The journey is truly beginning and I am excited about where its going to take me.
I will be posting videos to my social media sites showing the process of trying to walk again. The doctors don't have the answers. All other resources have been depleted, but despite all of that I have a small beginning. I can start each day determined to go further than I did the day before. Will I have setbacks? Probably so. Will there be days when the pain seems unbearable? Absolutely. In those times, however I have to remind myself to not despise my small beginnings. I am so grateful that God knows exactly what we need and the exact time we need it.
Maybe you are dealing with issues that seem insurmountable. Maybe the odds are stacked against you. Today can be your day of small beginnings. Think about the one little thing you can do today to point you in the direction of destiny. Let's partner together. Send me your prayer requests and I ask that you pray for me as well. Together I know we can go into the enemy's camp and take back everything he has stolen from us. Day by day and step by step we will make it to the finish line. No it may not happen overnight but there is value in your small beginning. When you reach your destiny and look back at how far you have come, you will know that it all began with that small step, that one decision to change your tomorrow. I look forward to embarking on this journey together!
Until Next Time,
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be YOU!
I wrote my first book in 2010 when I was dealing with an illness that left me wheelchair bound. It was through that battle that I grew closer to God and discovered my calling as an author and inspirational speaker. Since that time I have written three other books as well as a workbook. I have traveled extensively to share my testimony and encourage people at conferences, retreats and church services. I felt like my life was falling into place because although I enjoyed my career in the financial industry, God was calling me to something different. As I was obedient, the doors began to fly open.
I never dreamed of being an author. I enjoyed English all throughout school. I loved writing but putting ink to paper and writing a book was never on my to do list of accomplishments, but God gave me a gift and I have been called to use it. As I sit back and think about all that God has done through me, I am amazed. I have always been quiet and reserved, but God uses those things that are seemingly weaknesses to His advantage. Yes my reserved spirit suits me when needed, but when it is time to speak about the goodness of God in front of people, there is no shyness there. There is no reservation. God gives me that boldness when I need it the most.
There is a saying that I am sure practically every one has heard: never judge a book by its cover. I thought about that saying as it relates to my own life and ministry. I have had mountaintop experiences in ministry and valley experiences as well. There have been seasons when I have traveled consistently ministering and sharing the gospel. Then there have been seasons when the phone stopped ringing. My health has been up and at times it has been down. If someone were to see me now bound to a wheelchair, from the outside looking in, it would seem as if I am in the valley. How did I go from writing four books in the span of two years, ministering about divine healing to now being confined to a wheelchair once again?
I am learning that just like the saying, we should never judge a person based on what we see outwardly. Discernment is an important spiritual gift for the believer. It allows you to see beyond the mere physical realm but it helps to divulge the inner workings of a person's motives. We should always be watchful to discern whether a person, opportunity or situation is right for us. Just because a situation is not right for you does not mean that it is not right for someone else. The important thing to remember is that seeking God before making any decisions will always lead you in the right direction.
I have had encounters with people throughout my illness and many of them have spoken things into my life. Some I have received and some I have not. Some people did not know me when I was traveling, writing books and sharing the gospel. All they see is a woman confined to a wheelchair. I may look weak physically, but God has not left me. The very thing that people may see in you as a weakness is not a weakness at all. It is the catalyst God uses to build your testimony and propel you into your destiny. We have to be careful who we allow to speak into our lives. This is another area where discernment comes into play. Discernment is defined as perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding. Anyone that comes to you with the following words: God said or God told me to tell you, should be an indication that discernment needs to kick into high gear. If it does not feel right to you, there is no law that says you have to receive it.
You know your story. You know what God has been telling you. Yes people can speak into your life but it should be confirmation of what God has already been sharing with you. We must be watchful and have a spirit of prayer at all times. The enemy is using ignorance in the area of discernment to confuse, divide and destroy the body of Christ. We cannot allow this to happen. Guard your heart and your mind against anyone that would speak a word into your life that you know is not from God. Trust God to lead you and direct your path. There are so many people out there who come dressed in godly apparel, say all the right things, have the title behind their names, but they are merely wolves in sheep's clothing.
I encourage you today to pray for discernment in every situation. God gave me gifts and talents to use for the body of Christ. I was obedient and He opened so many doors. I have had a setback but I know God is orchestrating a comeback for me. Even my weakness is an opportunity for God to show Himself strong in my life. God is using me through a difficult situation to show that He can still work miracles. He is allowing me to go through to build my testimony. I am not less than. I am not defeated. My circumstances don't define who I am. I can't allow people to judge me based on what they see right now. I am so much more than a woman in a wheelchair and you are more than your limitations.
God is not the author of confusion. If a person speaks into you life and it is from God, you will know it. There will be a peace that fills you. It will come with the cool breeze of confirmation. If you feel the least bit of heaviness or that unsettling feeling in the pit of your stomach, don't ignore it. Spiritual discernment is important because it keeps you God focused and not man focused. I want my knowledge and understanding to come from God. I cannot afford to be led in the wrong direction because I was swayed by the title of a man and neglected to discern his heart. Neither can you.
"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in the knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ - to the glory and praise of God." Philippians 1:9-11
Until next time...Be Real. Be Authentic. Be You!
There have been many times in my life when I have enjoyed being a part of something bigger than myself. I have taken pleasure in sharing the same vision as a select group of people, working towards that vision and then seeing that vison come to pass. Collaborations are so fulfilling because you get to bounce ideas off other like minded people and work together to reach a common goal. I wish that dreams and visions were always grown together in the harmony of likeminded people, but that is not always the case. What do you do when you have a vision or dream and it seems that no one supports it? What happens when you share what God has been showing you and there is no one cheering you to keep pressing forward? How do you navigate the road to destiny when there is no collaboration? How do you handle rejection?
When Jesus walked the earth, He performed miracles, signs and wonders. He didn't go bragging on Himself. No, He just did what He was called to do and let others see His works. He dealt with rejection even though people could see that He was chosen. Yet and still, Christ continued to walk in His purpose. He continued to leap into destiny despite the lack of support from those He had healed, delivered and set free. Jesus had an inner circle but in the end, even they abandoned Him. Peter, the one who declared that Jesus was in fact the Christ, later denied even knowing Him. Why did this happen?
I believe that there is a blessing in rejection. Sometimes we have to be alone and isolated so that we can see what God is truly doing in our lives. The more Jesus was rejected, the more He was determined to complete the task before Him. The more He was spit on, the more confidence He had in His ability to be all that God called Him to be. It was in that rejection that Jesus was able to stay on the cross. No one could die for Jesus, He had to die all by Himself. He was the only one that could fulfill the promise of salvation for humanity. Jesus died for the very ones that rejected Him.
There have been many times in my life where I have felt isolated, rejected and all alone. Yes there have been people around me but I still felt all alone. When I first got sick, I was a pillar of strength. I continued to trust God and believe that things would get better. Then the months lingered on and I began to lose that same fervency that I once had. I felt isolated and I began to withdraw from those that loved me. At first that isolation seemed like torture but eventually it allowed me to draw closer to God. In the silence, I cried out to God even more and He began to restore my joy. In the midnight hour, as I began to draw closer to God, He began to draw closer to me. He called my name and I began to answer. He wrapped me in His arms and I have never felt more accepted and loved.
There will times in our lives when we feel like we are all by ourselves. We will feel rejected and all alone, but in those moments remember that God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Sometimes rejection is a blessing because it allows us to put everything in God's hands. We can rely on people too much to determine our standing in life. It does not matter if other people don't support you. As long as you are doing what God has called you to do, everything will fall into place. Remember that just because people are clapping for you and calling your name does not mean they are for you. Don't let people's acceptance or rejection determine what you will and will not do.
What if Jesus had stopped just because He was rejected? We would surely be lost. I am so grateful that Jesus saw the blessing in rejection. Be encouraged to know that your success or failure does not rely on the acceptance of others. Your success begins when you accept Jesus Christ as Savior. Let Him direct your path and you will never fail. Don't look at what anyone else is doing to determine your level of success or failure. What God has for you is just for you. He has called you by name and your calling has nothing to do with anybody else. Yes there are times when you will be rejected, but in those times don't look at that rejection as a negative thing. Keep going whether people support you or not. Stay true to calling even if you have to keep pressing all by yourself. Remind yourself that the good work He started in you will be completed. Walk into your destiny even if you have to walk alone. Believe in yourself and the vision God has given you even if nobody else does. You are called. You are chosen. You have been set apart. Sometimes the greatest victory comes in the midst of a rejection.
"Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?" Matthew 21:42
How do you handle rejection? I would love to hear your thoughts, comments!!
Until next time...Be Real. Be Authentic. Be YOU!!