My friend Rebecca Foster, of Barnum, is an amazing person, just as sweet as she is pretty.
She also is a spiritual reader. She doesn’t like the word psychic — perhaps because it brings up thoughts of charlatans, scam artists or worse.
She is none of those things. She is a young mother with a deep belief, a young author who just published “The Beaches: A Journey of Answers.”
“Inside the pages of this book you will find answers to your everyday questions about surviving in the world,” she wrote on the back cover. “You will find out what happens when we die, and how to live your life to the fullest.”
She says, “it’s about helping people understand how God works in their lives, how to change their path. So many people throw away their lives — life doesn’t turn out as they expect.”
Along with the book, she has started a program called “You Mean More.” She wants people to realize their children are the most important part of their lives, and to make that happen, she developed a compassion symbol — a stylized adult and child hugging one another — as a lapel pin or key chain.
When either is purchased, a second one is included, one for yourself and one to give away to someone in need of understanding.
The idea came to her late one night when shopping. Many children are dragged out late at night, tucked into a shopping cart and told to be still. It’s difficult, she said, for a tired, unhappy child to be still, and she could “hear” their pain.
She hopes the compassion pins will make people aware. “Compassion is not only seeing what someone is going through, but stepping into their skin. Once you understand their plight, a caring person can do nothing less than move to change the situation.
“Wear a pin to show you care. Give the other away to someone you see who needs to awaken to their situation. Your gift of compassion can help someone to grow and even save a life. Don’t ignore what God puts in front of you. You are near for a reason.”
It’s still a step of faith to jump into an already volatile situation, if even to give a gift.
I planned to write a story about Rebecca’s book and her “You Mean More” program, but I find I can’t stay out of the story. That’s why she’s in my column.
Christians are told to serve God in any way possible. Rebecca does that. She does God’s work. Literally. She passes along the words she hears, messages from God. The Bible says we have only to ask in Jesus’ name and we can work miracles. Rebecca asked.
The money raised by the sale of compassion pins and keychains will cover the cost of producing them, and $2 of each sale will be put into an account. Twice a year, money in the account will be donated to area child abuse prevention centers. Buttons with the same image are free and available from Rebecca by e-mail at email@example.com for the cost of shipping.
“You Mean More” program information is available online at www.youmeanmore.info.
I have no doubt about Rebecca’s ability to hear God’s words. It’s just a matter of listening to the words when you hear them, listening to the voices.
I hear voices, too, and when I listen, they save me untold heartaches. My voices are writers, I’m sure of it.
Rebecca told me the decision to name her book “The Beaches” was easy to make.
“The way my guides and the Holy Spirit talk to me are on beaches,” she said. “It’s a symbolic way they talk to me.”
I don’t care why they talk to her; I’m just glad to know other people hear voices. And I would choose Rebecca for a friend even if I didn’t know she talks to God and he to her. Her happiness is infectious. She is one of his greatest ideas.
So long friends, until the next time when we’re together.
Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org