Today I’m welcoming author Rachel Hauck to Write Thinking. Everybody wave and shout, "Hi, Rachel! Thanks for dropping by."
Greetings everyone from sunny central Florida by way of Boise, Idaho. My name is Rachel Hauck and I first met Robin three years ago when she was the keynote speaker for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference in Houston. She was humble, gracious and transparent. I’ve been inspired on several occasions by her desire to live wholeheartedly for Jesus. Robin, thank you for this opportunity to talk to your fans and readers.
A couple of years ago, my agent called me with an idea. “Why don’t you write about a country girl. Make her a songwriter.”
Thus began the journey of Robin Rae McAfee, a talent songwriter from a small Alabama town who finds the courage to overcome her fears to move to Nashville. Despite her heart’s desire to be a songwriter, her greatest fear was singing in front of people.
Fear is something we all face in life. Some more than others. Fear is a strange and cruel enemy. It grips us when we least expect it. I did not grow up fearful. Well, other than when I watched the Wizard of Oz – at night no less – then couldn’t sleep because I imagined the wicked witch appearing in my room. But in my early twenties, I was hit with “sudden fear.” Today we know it as a panic attack, but in the eighties, I had no idea what was happening with me.
I used some of my emotions and experiences to describe fictional Robin Rae’s journey as she battles her fears to realize her dream. Unlike my fictional character, something in me refused to surrender to fear. I inherently knew if I did, fear would begin to win and one day, I might be afraid to walk out my front door.
But, I had plans for my life. Don’t we all? Do you have plans or dreams that fear or doubt are hindering? God gives us dreams. He loves when we dream – especially when we dream with Him. But far too often the busyness or cruelty of life snuffs out our dreams and hopes.
Lately I’ve heard a lot of people talk about prayer and the Word not being enough to help us overcome. I’d like to personally testify that they are enough. Praying scripture and standing on God’s truth are the exact things that defeated fear in my life. John 4:18 says, “God’s perfect love cast out all fear.” I could use up all Robin Lee’s blog space giving you testimony after testimony of how God met me in tense, fearful situations. Here’s one. The spring of ’88 my company sent me to Australia, twice. I battled feeling claustrophobic on flights at that time (and I traveled for a living) and hated the idea of a 15 hour flight from LA to Sydney. Never mind the ride from Orlando to Los Angeles. When the flight first took off, I had a few intense moment of “I want off. I can’t be 45,000 feet over the Pacific.” I had all kinds of irrational thoughts in those days. I closed my eye, breathed deep and said, “Jesus, Your peace guards my heart and mind. Paul wrote, ‘grace and peace to you from God our Father …” I quoted peace verses over and over.
A warm wash of peace splashed over me. The flight was fine. I was fine. Jesus overcame all my fears. The fight was not easy. The fight can be long. But victory is sure if we stay the course. He gives us the strength of past victories.
So, what does a hopeful but fearful young woman from Alabama do when she arrives in Nashville to make her mark as the next great songwriter? Does she face her fears? Does she overcome? What do you think?
Check out Lost In NashVegas. In stores now. Right next to Robin Lee Hatcher’s books. Grace and peace, and abundant blessings to Robin Lee.
Robin here: To learn more about Rachel and her books, visit her blog and web site. You’ll be glad you did. And hopefully when you visit your bookstore, you’ll find Lost in NashVegas right beside A Carol for Christmas. Enjoy!