When you go through tragedy, IT IS NOT FUN. BUT, whether tragedy or challenges I’ve experienced in my life, I have always tried to find the silver lining in each situation (small or big).
When I was approached about turning my first children’s book, My Daddy Is In Heaven With Jesus, into the movie, My Daddy Is In Heaven, I had to think long and hard. What did we want to accomplish by going through this process? While it’s an exciting opportunity, tragedy is not the reason you really want to have that opportunity. However, always trying to find that positive out of the negative, I decided to move forward with it but with a big purpose behind it. The purpose was to touch as many lives as possible, to reach the hearts of those that are struggling and need encouragement that hope is ahead.
My Daddy Is In Heaven movie is not about me or my daughter. It’s about God and what he’s done for us to go from tragedy to triumph. It’s about what we can experience in life and the direction we may take and choose. Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we are perfect or have less of a challenge in life. Sometimes we make choices that others may judge. We may slip and fall, but in the end, we have God’s mercy. That’s what it’s all about. Our personal story is just God’s vehicle to illustrate His mercy on our life and how he can do the same for you.
I like what this review by Phil Boatwright at the Baptist Press and what he says about the film:
“The film’s prodigal protagonist learns some tough lessons as her faith and character are tested. It reminds us that at some point in our faith walk, Christians will face depression, worries and fears, like anyone else. Jesus said we’d have these ordeals: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” John 16:33.”
So when people ask me about what it’s like to have a movie made about us and our journey, I say, it’s a blessing to give God the glory for the opportunity to bless others through our story. It’s certainly taken a lot of courage (actually stated, COURAGE!!!!!!!), to be obedient to God’s plan. It’s not easy to do this, but I see blessing after blessing who in a little over one week of release of the movie has made it worth every tear and moment of anxiety. When we walk in Faith and make the choice to grow and be obedient to God’s will, you arrive in a place you never dreamed possible. That big silver lining is God’s promise to us.
I can never say enough how grateful I am to Voyage Media, Nasser Entertainment, Cinedigm, Lovell-Fairchild and to everyone behind the scenes and the actors on screen, for making this story come to life. I honestly give God the glory for handpicking every person involved in it. It is truly beyond all I could imagine.
My Daddy Is In Heaven released March 13th and its made a huge impact on so many in such a short time. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to watch it and allow God to bless you by its purpose.
Cowboy Up, the new song that kicks off the movie has become my new favorite song of inspiration! Written and performed by Justin Peters. Find it on iTunes!