For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18 NKJV)
SHE’S STILL STANDING
Dr. Joanne Frederick deemed it necessary around midday EST Saturday to stage to her Facebook timeline a rather spirited, pivotal reminder to her gallery of social media followers.
Said Dr. Frederick to the masses about her latest milestone as an author: “Ladies, are you ready to transform your life? If so, then this book is for you: ‘Broken Relationships.’ Chapter 1. Written by yours truly.”
For Dr. Frederick, there are, by all accounts, a number of reasons this Washington, DC area Christian-based writer is exemplifying an array of excitement for an authorship achievement that has only enhanced the divine purpose for which God has created her.
Suitably known as “Jo Jo,” Dr. Frederick is one of 10 co-authors to contribute to She Is Strong: Chronicles Of A Praying Woman, the newly-assembled, highly-anticipated anthology that is spearheaded by fellow DC writer Evangelist Latasha Wesley.
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A book that officially debuted in May 2020, She Is Strong: Chronicles Of A Praying Woman is birthed largely through the familiar Biblical passage that is Proverbs 31:25 and appropriately issues a notable declaration to its reading audience: “Never underestimate the power of a praying woman,” as mentioned in a detailed synopsis of Wesley’s book at Amazon.com.
Moreover, She Is Strong: Chronicles Of A Praying Woman reminds us that a praying woman has been through the fire and the flood, yet she’s never seen the Lord forsaken her.
“She Is Strong: Chronicles Of A Praying Woman is a dynamic and inspiring compilation told through the voices of several African-American women who have overcome life’s various test and trials by faith,” said an Amazon spokesperson for Wesley’s anthology. “So prepare) to be lifted and fully equipped to claim the victory in Christ Jesus. This transparent read is comprised of impactful testimonies, affirmations, and prayers that will transform any situation. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
Such a trend certainly rings true for Dr. Frederick, whose authorship debut covers Chapter 1, which is entitled, “Broken Relationships.”
During a weekend phone interview with Making Headline News from Washington, DC, Dr. Frederick spoke at length about the rash of obstacles she faced and, most importantly, conquered after having endured divorce three times.
Dr. Frederick, in fact, emphasized, among other things, that she doesn’t mind offering transparency amid three failed marriages, in large part because God has blessed her immensely in spite of.
“Overall, my life has been great,” the George Mason University adjunct professor said. “Today, I can laugh about it. “I think I laugh because I had a friend who once told me, ‘At least, you’ve had three men to ask you to marry them.’ The reason I laugh is because I don’t look at life like that. Everything happens for a reason. You don’t hold on to the past.”
As it turned out, the more Dr. Frederick thought it necessary to fortify transparency amid her life-altering experiences, the more she crossed paths with people who had endured similar obstacles, she said.
“Now that I share my story, I run into more people who tell me, ‘Oh, I’ve been married three times,’” Dr. Frederick said.
In other words, this longtime relationship therapist emphasizes, “You can live (life to the fullest) after divorce.”
When asked why she chose “Broken Relationships” for a subject in She Is Strong: Chronicles Of A Praying Woman, Dr. Frederick alluded to the notion that a number of women sense marriage is a lifelong fairy tale, of sorts, only to discover such a fantasy is just that: a complete fantasy.
PRAYER STILL WORKS
“I chose that topic because we have to talk about it,” Dr. Frederick said. “A lot of women have this idea of being a princess, having a wedding, having kids, etc. But what if this does not happen? I’ve been married three times and divorced three times, so everybody has a story.”
Not only that, Dr. Frederick stresses in her chapter the importance and healing — appropriately, to put it more precisely.
“Let it go,” Dr. Frederick says without hesitation. “That’s one song Keyshia Cole made with Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim years ago and I listened to it. Rejection is God’s protection. When some women go through (a divorce), they feel people don’t want them. But it’s about what they want, not what society thinks.”
Having admitted she never struggled with mental illnesses of any kind in the aftermath of divorce, Dr. Frederick said there is one massive game-changer helped keep her stable spiritually: prayer.
“Prayer is a form of meditation,” said Dr. Frederick, adding that she had her disposal solid spiritual support. “It’s when you sit still, be silent, and be thankful. Prayer helped me to hold on and be able to do life.”
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For what it’s worth, Dr. Frederick isn’t merely implying that marriage is a nightmare, of sorts, in any way, shape, or form.
For the most part, she acknowledged, it’s all apart of life’s journey.
“What we have to do,” she said, “is celebrate while we’re in it.”
Appropriately, to put it more precisely.
“LET IT GO”
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