Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Widow's Story: The Geranium Lady

"Worry never empties tomorrow of its sorrow, but it does empty it of its strength. Don't let anyone rob you of your confidence in God. Know his Word. Hold on to his hand. He will make your impossible mission possible and your life so much more than bearable."
(Women of Faith Study Bible, pg. 1589)

These are the words of Barbara Johnson, a lady who knew all about impossible circumstances and God's possibilities. God used her as a speaker and writer to comfort millions of women with the comfort and joy she received from Him!
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If you need a fresh breath of joy in your life, then Barbara Johnson's Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy! will teach you how to release that bubble of joy within you and claim God's promise to "fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." (Job 8:21 TLB) No stranger suffering, she's learned that while pain is inevitable, picking flowers instead of weeds will ease the suffering.

The “Geranium Lady,” a nickname taken from her bestselling book, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy, started writing after age 50, after she'd experienced several tragedies. Her husband suffered debilitating injuries in a near fatal car accident. One of their sons was killed in Vietnam, another died in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver. Their third boy engaged in a homosexual lifestyle and separated from them for a period of time before God reconciled them.

Although Barbara Johnson (1927-2007) died after a six year fight against brain cancer (Central Nervous System Lymphoma) and three years after her husband's death, her encouragement from the Lord lives on today. During her illness she even added four more books to her list of published works! Here's one of those titles:
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After a courageous battle with cancer, America's favorite "joyologist", Barbara Johnson, brings her readers another serving of humor, encouragement, and godly advice. Plant a Geranium in Your Cranium is a joyful chronicle of her own experiences combined with dozens of hilarious anecdotes and cartoons sent to her by others who share her belief in the healing power of laughter.

Have you read any of her books or did you ever have the privilege of hearing her speak at a Women of Faith conference or elsewhere?

Who are the heroes and role models in your life today?
Guess what? I've said it before and I'll say it again, Widows are my heroes!


For a bevy of other books by Barbara Johnson, including many in eBook versions, click this link:

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