Meet Deborah McCarragher and her book MISSION POSSIBLE
Deborah McCarragher began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior in 1989. She enjoys using her spiritual gifts of encouragement and teaching. Deborah served on the board of a local intercessory prayer ministry, and has been active in her home church and various women’s bible studies for years. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her book
Deborah has been a small business owner for over 25 years and formed Alabaster Box Publishing several years ago as a vehicle for producing and promoting her Christian writing projects. She is a devotional contributor to the E-zines “Ruby for Women” and “Living Better at 50+” as well as for the print magazine “An Encouraging Word”. She and her husband have one married son serving in the U.S. military. They reside in northeast Florida.
Tell us a little about your background.
I grew up in a Navy family and moved frequently as a child. I married my first husband right out of high school. That marriage ended in divorce four years later. I remarried in 1982 (to my current husband) and we’ll be married 28 years in January 2010. Seven years into our marriage, I gave my life to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
What inspired you to write this influential book?
I was involved with a local intercessory prayer group at the time, and was prompted by God during prayer to write down what He was conveying to me about my husband and his salvation. It was quite literally written while inspired, and without much effort on my part. I just typed on the computer as He led me to bible verses and topics to talk about. I remember writing down the names of the (7) chapters during prayer time on a tablet – just looking at them afterwards in awe. It was quite a moving experience.
What primary advice do you have for women who are married to “non-believing” husbands?
I think the most important advice is to have faith in Who God Is and His sovereignty. We can’t “pre-package” our spouse’s conversion experience, and God will always do what will bring Him the “most glory”. We also have to remember that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. Our spouse (if unsaved) isn’t governed by God’s Spirit – so we have to release them from that accountability. We must have faith that rests in God and not in our own understanding, or by sight!
What kinds of reactions has the book generated thus far?
I have had great reaction to my little book. Some women love it because it is not lengthy, and they can read it quickly – yet refer back to it over & over again. One woman emailed me a testimony that she was nearly ready to leave her husband, but after reading the book, felt that God was leading her to give her marriage another try. That was very humbling and gratifying for me. I just want to help women see that there is an alternative to being miserable in an unequally yoked marriage.
What’s the main message that you’d like readers to take away from it?
I would love readers to discover that God has a plan for each marriage that is in spiritual disunity. It involves us, but it is always done HIS WAY! I want readers to know that it is a process that evolves over time, that we must not put Him (God) in a box, but give Him room to move in our spouse’s life. They need to know that because we are not perfect and continue to sin, that satan will harass us (women) and try to influence us to believe that our “mission” is not possible – but with God, all things are possible!
Any final thoughts you’d like to share?
Just that I know how difficult it is to be married to a spouse who doesn’t share your love and devotion to the Lord Jesus. I, like many of my readers, get frustrated and disillusioned, but I know God has perfect timing and our best interests at heart overall. He wants our spouses to come to a saving knowledge of Him and embrace a future together that brings glory to Him.
Valentine’s Day is all about showing love to your spouse, parents, children, and those you care about the most. As a Christian woman there is only one way to love your husband… with the love of Christ. This Valentine’s Day give your Heavenly Father a gift that will keep on giving – namely – the decision to love your husband as God intended while you are living in a spiritually mismatched marriage.
Women, are you in an unequally-yoked marriage? Are you tired of attending church alone? Do you yearn for a relationship with your husband that’s spiritually satisfying? You can influence your home for Christ even within a spiritually mismatched marriage.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to stand in the gap for your mate’s soul. This small book is a powerful tool for any woman who is married to a man who does not share her passion for Jesus. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.
“Mission Possible” was awarded the Readers Favorite 2010 Gold Seal Best Christian Non-Fiction book.
In Mission Possible you will:
– Discover how to believe with radical faith for your spouse’s salvation.
– Learn the secret to “staying the course” while you wait for your promise.
– Find out why many women don’t like to share their “secret sorrow”.
– Overcome your own fears and doubts about your husband’s future with God.
– Join other women in the knowledge that God has a perfect plan of unity for you and your spouse.
“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy…For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband whether you will save your wife?” (I Corinthians 7:14,16 NKJ)
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