Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Write to the Point with Kathleen L. Maher June 5, 2013

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I am so excited to have Katheen L. Maher here today to share a Genesis 5020 with you. It is truly beautiful and another picture of God’s goodness. Take the time to read it and be blessed. She has a giveaway for you at the end.

Genesis 50:20  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

 I was a pregnant teen.

I had dropped out of college less than one year after being assured the world was my oyster after graduating 7th in my high school class. My grades had always been great, my teachers had always thought highly of me. I never did drugs or smoked, never got drunk. And up to then, I had guarded my virtue. But one rough semester away at Christian college where my social phobias and anxieties wreaked havoc led to a desperate attempt at love and security—and there I was at nineteen, pregnant and alone. And scared.

Kathleen dancing with her son at his wedding.

Kathleen dancing with her son at his wedding.

I had been advised to abort, to take back my life and pursue my goals. Who was I to presume to care for another human being? My world looked limited, impoverished. My former faith mocked me. I could never provide a child the life it deserved. But my heart wilted and hemorrhaged to think of separating myself from this life growing inside of me. It had become a part of ME, at a soul level, and I would easier amputate a vital organ than sever the inexplicable love I already felt for this baby. It was an eternal flame that was not mine to snuff out or remove from the lampstand of my heart through abortion or adoption. But bearing him would mean dying to every dream I’d ever held dear. Or at least putting it on hold indefinitely.

No vet school. No career. No bright future for me. Though my mother helped me in every way she could, we were not rich, and I had to find work. No more esteemed acknowledgement from teachers, but instead, looks of disdain from minimum wage employers. Turns out, though I could manage trigonometry and physics, and get accepted to some really good colleges, I was not very adept in entry level jobs. I managed to complete my Associates degree at a community college while my mom took turns with my best friend watching my son. I went without haircuts and flattering clothes for myself all through my twenties to assure my son had orthopedic shoes and adequate clothing, even a few years at a private school.

I remained a single mother for 7 years working at everything from daycare to home health aide, cook, waitress, and cashier. I went back to church and sought restoration that never felt full or genuine among people, though complete with God. But I learned to lead a quiet life, to work with my hands and mind my own business, and after some time, the Lord brought a godly, nurturing man into my life. My son and I were no longer alone.

What I learned through this sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet experience was the value of faith, the treasure of life, the gift of inner strength. I had a son I adored, and now after being alone and struggling for so long, a faithful and kind husband, too. The sin that should have been my destruction became a work of miraculous grace in the hands of the Lord, and worked for my blessing instead.

My son grew up to have many talents. The Lord blessed his life more than money could have. Though I couldn’t afford music lessons or fancy opportunities for him, the Lord provided mentors and open doors. He plays guitar and piano and composes his own music, and he has a gift with computers as well. He designed the cover of my debutBachelor Buttons (Sample with New Banner) novella Bachelor Buttons. I can’t begin to count all the ways my son has enriched my life. He and his wife are expecting my first grandchild this summer. God has been good.

Kathleen L. Maher’s novella Bachelor Buttons releases May 1 as part of a Civil War sesquicentennial collection by Helping Hands Press. She won the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest, and finaled in several others since 2009. Represented by Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency, Kathleen blogs about New York State history.  She and her husband live in a 100-year-old farmhouse in upstate NY with their two younger children, two Newfoundland dogs and a tuxedo cat.

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, Kathleen.

Readers, Kathleen is giving away a copy of her book to one commentator. To read more about it click here. Leave a comment by June 11th at 5:00 PM to be entered. (FYI, her book gets great reviews)


30 Responses to “Write to the Point with Kathleen L. Maher”

  1. Thank you, Melissa. I am honored to share my Genesis 50:20 moment on your beautiful blog this week.

  2. I’d love to read Kathy’s book. Wow! What an amazing testimony, Kathy. Thank you for sharing your life. I’m sure your words encourage others going through tough and precious times.

    Elaine W. Miller

  3. Kathy your story is so heartwarming and a wonderful reminder of how our God loves us and wants us to find joy not only in worldly things but in Him. As always your story is beautifully written. And God indeed sent you a wonderful husband and three sweet children. :o) Love you, my friend.

  4. Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony. I know many will be blessed (as I have) and moved by how God has worked in your life. I would love to win a copy of your book, as well. I just finished reading Carrie’s civil war book in this series (Return to Shirley Plantation). 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity!

  5. thanks, Ritty. You’ve been such a blessing already to Carrie and to me. Good luck on the giveaway, and thank you for your kind words!

  6. Katie Clark Says:

    What an inspiration. Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Iva Says:

    For surely God is the healer of the brokenhearted and restorer of the soul, mind and body. So blessed by your testimony. Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your first grandchild! I admire your quiet strength and your resolve to do that which is right in God’s eyes, and to reach for your dreams. Gods blessings to you and through you…
    I would be honored to read your book!

  8. Patty Says:

    Thanks for sharing your testimony. I would love to add Bachelor Buttons to my Kindle!

  9. Karen Spiegel Says:

    What a wonderful testimony of God’s provision to those who love Him. Would love to receive this book. Thank you.

  10. Laurel Says:

    I’d love a chance to win Kathleen’s novella! 🙂 I just won a book on her blog by another author, but have been wanting to read her book too. It looks awesome. ANd I loved the genuine and earnest sharing of her story.

    • Thanks so much Laurel. I hope you get a chance to read Bachelor Buttons and that you’re enjoying the other book, too. I’m so glad my testimony touched your heart. God can redeem anything. Blessings!

  11. I hope Rose comes to choose wisely! God watches we Irish lassies closely to perfect that which concerns us! Psalm 138:8. Half-Irish Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  12. bonnie Says:

    What an amazing testimony! Like you – I have learned some valuable things through hard lessons. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    • Thanks, Bonnie. God is so gracious. I always say that if God wanted to punish me for my sins I might have gotten a disease. But instead God blessed me with a child. And when the scripture says Children are a blessing from the Lord it doesn’t make any distinction of how they come into the world. He never gives as we deserve or we would all be in Hell. 🙂

  13. What a stunning testimony from Kathleen. I can imagine how hard this time was for her. I’m grateful her mother was so good and understanding, and Kathleen listened to God nudges and her heart about her baby. He appears to be an exceptional young man. The book sounds delightful and well researched. Congratulations, Kathleen on your first accomplishment who is such a talented man, and on your book. What a great cover!

    • Diane, your comments were insightful. Thank you. My mom was amazing and I truly couldn’t have done it without her help. And Thanks also for complementing the cover. Very pleased with how it turned out. Blessings!

  14. Thanks for sharing your story, Kathleen. What a beautiful testimony!

  15. Tina Pinson Says:

    Kathleen, what a lovely testament to God’s grace through the tough times in life. Which I tend to forget when I’m in the midst of them. And there have been just a few. Thank you so much for sharing. On another note, your dress in the picture looks like it’s made from the same material print as one I made for my honeymoon.

    • Thanks, Tina. Wow, isn’t that funny–brilliant minds think alike, if we wore similar dresses. 😀 I didn’t know you were a seamstress, too! One of your many talents.

  16. And the winner by is Laurel! Congratulations, Laurel. I will email you shortly with your win.
    Thank you all so much for being here this past week and allowing me to share God’s work in my life. Its been a real blessing.
    And thank you Melissa for being such a wonderful hostess. Wishing you all God’s best.

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