Past into Purpose Series, Post #8: This series is intended to introduce you to the women on the Your Life Still Counts Contributor Team whose inspiring stories of pain into purpose were selected for inclusion in the book. To read the full story of each contributor, click here to purchase your copy of Your Life Still Counts and be inspired to allow God to turn your past into your purpose too.
Please Meet Bonnie Wallace
Bonnie Wallace lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and ministers to hundreds of women through her blog posts. She partners with other ministries to reach women with cancer diagnoses through awareness, fundraising, and helping with physical needs. She is in the process of writing a Bible study based on Psalm 84:5–7 and has plans for a devotion book for women struggling with cancer. Her heart is also to reach the hearts of other women in all walks of life and inspire them to be the hands and feet of Jesus in big and little ways. Find out more about Bonnie at her blog, www.bonniejwallace.org.
My Interview With Bonnie
What made you want to contribute your story to Your Life Still Counts?
Bonnie: I want women to know that every circumstance, every struggle, every need and every connection is intricately and divinely orchestrated by God to bring hope to another woman. There is not one detail that God does not purpose for His glory if we ask Him to open our eyes and see. God’s faithfulness in our past is proof of His goodness for our future. Life is messy and unbearable at times but Jesus wants to strengthen us each step of the way until the day we experience His ultimate strength; the one that overcame death, and we see Him face-to-face. He gives us strength in numbers when we call out to one another and say, “Come! Let’s go to the House of the Lord, together” Being a contributor for Your Life Still Counts helps me share the truth that, with Jesus, our past never wins!
Love that statement Bonnie! The past never has a hold on us if we surrender to Jesus, and it’s so true that Jesus always wins. In fact, the battle is already won! So how has God opened doors for you to do ministry or touch other’s hearts since you stepped out in obedience to share your story?
Bonnie: God has given me great friendships that encourage me to learn and grow in online, and in-person, ministry outreach. I have a husband who suffers long with me when I am ready to give up and together with him and God, they keep me moving forward. God has opened doors to speak and regularly write for online, devotional and newsprint publications as well as my own blog that encourages women to Live Like You Know … where you are going. I also help lead a fast-growing Facebook community called The Consilium – a collective where wisdom meets grace, for women who are in the second season of life (age 45+ typically). I’ve become a Voice of Advocacy for Bible Translation through volunteering and the creation of Bloggers for Possible. Glory be to God!
That’s awesome Bonnie. God is doing great things in you and through you! And I personally love the community that takes place at The Consilium Facebook page. So has God blessed you in any special way for your obedience in sharing your story and being a part of YLSC?
Bonnie: Oh, yes! The “not so pretty” truth of this matter is that there are many times when I want to quit and the only thing that keeps me holding on is obedience. I cannot measure hope that’s been given and I cannot hold a changed heart in my hand. In my limited mind the fruit does not always seem to equal the cost of time and energy. It’s here that I must get on my knees and ask for forgiveness and strength. It’s in these desperate moments that Jesus brings me a kind word, an invitation or an online hug. And then I can say, “Yes, Lord. One more day.”
Do you have one example of how God has used your story recently to impact someone’s heart or life?
Bonnie: The sad truth is that I have not met one person who has not been affected by cancer in some way. When I take the time to stop, listen and say, “I know. Let me tell you what God has showed me” those beautiful souls’ eyes fill with tears and they know their Lord knows where they are.
That is so true, and a testament to what God can do through us as we go through our daily routines if we are willing to be willing to invest in others and listen and love. So have you felt called to do anything new lately like a new project or ministry endeavor?
Bonnie: I would like to develop some very simple, practical resources that help women reach out to others, with God’s hope, in their every-day world. I am praying for God to provide for the vision I have of women changing the world One Woman at a Time. I am in the process of writing an eBook to help women have confidence in their every-day, God-ordained purpose.
Since we’ve had a chance to chat personally about your vision, I am so excited for you and will be praying for God to bring that dream to fruition! I feel confident the resources you have in mind would impact the faith walks of many women. So aside from working on that aspect of your ministry, what are your most passionate about right this minute?
Bonnie: Not long ago Jesus told me, “Stop being about, being about women’s ministry and see the one right in front of you.” I am passionate about not missing the divine appointments He orchestrates at the grocery store, restaurant, car rider line or anywhere else I might be in person or online. God reminds me that every connection, online or in person, is an opportunity for hope to be given to the women He loves.
Wow, if we all embrace that mindset, the world would be a better place. 🙂 If you had to name one thing that you are most thankful to God for, what would it be?
Bonnie: I thank Jesus for opening my eyes to the reality of heaven. Although I have been a Christian since age eleven, I had always viewed my life as a series of struggles that somehow ended haphazardly in Heaven. It was through cancer that God answered the hard questions of life through His daily presence.
It sounds like God has placed a lot of dreams in your heart right now, and I know you’re praying through them and working towards them. Are any of these things outside of your comfort zone?
Bonnie: It’s ALL out of my comfort zone! I have never been in love with words or desired to have a blog or a book. Every word I type is a struggle that keeps me desperate for God. If there is any wisdom, encouragement or strength given it is because Jesus has provided. My voice does not come from a place of expertise or mastery rather, it is what God wants me to hear, learn and live.
What are you most excited about regarding how God has turned your past into your purpose?
Bonnie: That Jesus would take a wretch like me and allow me to participate in His work just Rocks. My. World! This grace and this mercy cause me to anticipate God’s presence every day. What on earth could be more exciting that!
How might people best pray for you at this time in your life?
Bonnie: My prayer is that I will stay centered in the heart of God’s call to see, really see, the women He connects me with. I want to take my little piece of the plan and do it well. I want to be an inch wide and a mile deep, not a mile wide and an inch deep. I am beyond grateful and humbled that anyone would lift my needs. Thank you.
Bonnie’s heart is set on the journey toward heaven and finding God-purpose in the seasons and struggles of life. Her passion is for women to know they are always moving from strength-to-strength until they see Jesus face-to-face. Bonnie is a cancer survivor, writer, speaker, and creator of the blog, LiveLikeYouKnow.com, You can connect with her through, email, her blog, Facebook, and Twitter. If you subscribe to Bonnie’s blog, you’ll receive a Free 6-day Study Guide to help you Live Like You Know…where you are going.