In this episode of #BeautyAndBeard, Troy and Chaka tell their story of dealing with infertility. Chaka has been a director of IronDresses Inc. since the beginning and continues to encourage and support women of all stages. Subscribe to #BeautyAndBeard Podcast on Youtube to connect and hear the rest of their story!
It all started at the 5th annual Irondresses conference. The first night was wrapping up and we had just heard Lynette Lewis share her story and how it was for God’s glory. Inspired, encouraged and just so full from hearing all the speakers that night, I headed out for the night to get some rest before the next day of the conference. However, just moments prior I felt this stirring, this nudge, that I was going to write a book. I briefly mentioned it to a friend but then I went on about my business. I thought, I’m not going to write a book, what? I vividly remember having my hand on the door and having a conversation with someone and I heard “out of the mud and mire.” They were meaningless words to me at the time but little did I know, that would become the title of the book that I said I wasn’t going to write. As I went home, I googled those words and Psalm 40 came up. I read it. “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire.”
I was instantly captured by the Psalmist David’s words. I kid you not, I resonated so much with those words.
I kept reading, “he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”
I don’t exactly remember what happened next in that moment but I do recall thinking, wow. This is me. This is my story!
There was a point in my life - multiple points actually - where I was face to face with darkness. Stuck in a pit, crying out to God. I never knew that I could feel so hopeless and lost. I never knew that I could feel so much despair. So much pain that I just felt stuck. But you know, I also never knew that I would one day praise God for those very feelings and that same pit. I never knew that I would sing and experience a joy so great that I would want to shout about it from the mountain tops, but it is possible.
In my book, Out of the Mud & Mire, I show you just how it happened. I show you how God rescued me from my pit and gave me new life. I show you how he turned my despair and hopelessness around. Not only that but I also provide you with tools and takeaways to help you navigate your “pit” as well. You may find that you are facing the nastiest, ugliest, darkest, messiest pit in your life. Maybe you feel like you are losing hope? I get it, I do. And I want you to know that He can rescue you too. God can give you that new song of life, peace, and joy too.
I WROTE A BOOK Y’ALL!!!! Truly, I cannot wait to share my story with you!
Out of the Mud & Mire will be available for purchase soon. Please check out my public page @justbritt_nicole on Instagram for release dates, updates, platforms to purchase, and little tid bits about the book.