Yes, I'm 48 and watched Boy Band. I'll tell ya' why:
So, last night, during Boy Band premiere, I replied to a tweet from this fan, Lacy (@AlwaysLace), below.
"One day I'm going to get THE notification, "@nickcarter followed you". If we learned one thing from #BoyBand, it's to dream big, right?"
And I replied something like, "Absolutely, girl! That's why I wrote my guardian angel marriage book!"
And then I was coming home from jogging at the beach, it occurred to me that that was kinda' obtuse, so I thought to remedy that here.
Basically, I started listening to BSB (that's what we Backstreet Boys fangirls call them), this year. I'm a church secretary, and listen to them, the love songs only, at the church where I work. The pastor laughs when it's time for devotions, "Let me pause my boys," I say, then pause Youtube.
But it wasn't always this way.
I could only start listening to the boys this year.
Because my heart hurt too much before.
This is why I wrote my book about true stories of how God is transforming marriages.
I couldn't listen to love songs before. I can now.
Because God has completely transformed my marriage beyond my wildest dreams.
So, the guardian angel parts in my chick lit novella are literary devices. But in book 2 they'll be from real examples (the wives' stories are real). In the first book, the angels stand down when the women give in to a bad thought about their husband. When they resist being negative, the guardian angel throws up his flaming sword to block the fiery darts (Martin Luther said the fiery darts of Ephesians 6:16 were bad thoughts).
But each angel in the story is important, each name is carefully chosen to be for that particular character.
That got me thinking, I wonder what Nick Carter's guardian angel's name is? What he's like?
Because as a new fan of BSB, I don't really know much about them, but after watching some videos and their documentary, my heart went out to that young man (I could be their mother). Things are not always what they seem, this blond kid isn't the happy-go-lucky rich star that one would think.
He reminds me of my wonderful husband Kevin (left), who is also very talented, an artist and author, whose also had some family troubles over the years, and who is also very sensitive.
So, as I always do, when someone comes to mind, I pray for them, regardless if I know them, or not. God does, that's all that matters.
As I've heard about some of the sad things Nick Carter has lived through, I've been praying for he and his family the past few months.
And then thinking about my tweet to that fan, and that awesome Jaden Gray, on Boy Band, who also sings at his church, I got to wondering about the differences between the guardian angels.
Does Jaden have a better guardian angel than Nick?
Why did Nick's guardian angel let some bad things happen to him as a young person? Does God love him less?
No, absolutely not.
Because when you see the kindness and humility in Nick's eyes, the sensitivity, you know why the pain was allowed. It has made him a better person than those who've suffered less.
Our son once prayed to find out the name of his guardian angel. The next day, on his scientific calculator, this name came up (you know how when you type numbers it can look like words?). He asked the kids at his table if they'd touched his calculator. They said no.
So, he looked the name up, it was some Hebrew name meaning warrior in David's army, strong and wiry. Which made sense, since our son's strong and wiry and a fighter. He got chills because he knew that was the name of his guardian angel.
Kevin and I thought it was so cool, and we told my folks, but then like a day or so later, we all forgot the name, and still to this day, even doing a search in my old email, can't find what it was.
It was like God wiped our memory. Cool.
Super cool, because it's like God wanted to answer that prayer for Jarod, and let him know He was thinking of him, and wanted to give him the name of the warrior protecting him. But that also, He didn't want any of us to fall into the trap of angel worship.
Angels are our best friends on earth, Martin Luther said. So, remember your best friend, and ask for help when you need it. And finally, to wrap up, that's the reason I wrote a book about angels and marriage, and why I watch Boy Band. God's restored my marriage and now I can listen to love songs without having them hurt. For all the nice kids like Nick out there, don't ever give up hope no matter how long it takes. What God did for me He'll do for you. Especially if you ask in Jesus' Name.
P.S. And I'm always around for prayer, shoot me an email if you need prayer: email@example.com
If you've ever waited for longer than you thought you could bear, you understand
The Exquisite Pain of Waiting.
Book two in Xian Chix Media's Guardian Angel Marriage series, later this summer.
We're looking for real life angel stories for consideration of being included in book two of our Guardian Angel Marriage series:
At Xian Chix Media we're all about men.
"A man wants to be a hero to his wife," said the coolest dentist ever Monday (seen right, with the inspiration of his life).
We realize that, so are big defenders of men.
Because we know that when we steal that from them, we neuter them. Crush their spirit.
That's the last thing we want to do.
Because we know many great men, and love them. And see the little boy inside them that just wants to be a hero.
"With great power comes great responsibility," to quote one of our fav super heroes.
"A man naturally wants to please his wife," said a highly respected local pastor.
We recognize the great power we have over the men who want to be our heroes, so do everything we can to inspire them.
Because we know who we are, so there is no need to fight them.
Just the "men as incompetent buffoons" media narrative.