Bream’s understanding of faith and how that has played a role in her life inspired the show.
“For me, it’s trusting in my Heavenly Father and the plan He has for my life. The world is full of trials and things that will rattle us every single day, so I need a place to find hope and courage. I can see how God has worked in the good and bad times in my life, and guided me through when I needed Him most,” Bream said in a recent Q&A with Fox.
The Bible makes it clear that those who believe in Him will face trials. For Bream, her faith carried her through her husband’s cancer diagnosis.
“It was a shock when my husband (then-fiance) got the call that he had a brain tumor. We felt like we had our whole lives ahead of us,” Bream said. “Our faith was a great comfort to us through that time. We literally got notes from churches we’d never visited, but someone had shared our story. People would write to say they’d added us to their prayer lists. It was very encouraging in a very dark time. Sheldon’s recovery was not easy, but I think it’s fair to say we both grew in our faith because of what he went through.”
Bream confessed that trusting God and obeying His will is not always easy. However, Bream maintains that God is faithful to bless those who follow Him.
“To me, the concept of obedience is the same across time. If I truly feel God has laid something on my heart, it’s my choice whether to follow Him or not. But what I’ve learned is that His way always makes sense in the long-term, even if I can’t see it upfront. Trust me, I get off track all the time. That’s true of many of the women in the book as well,” Bream said. “I love that we meet them with their flaws, just as they are. It shows me that God can work through us, even when we go astray.”
Bream said that her obedience and faith in God manifest themselves in her daily routine and prayer life. Despite the pandemic forcing many churches to meet online, Bream encouraged people to continue to deepen their relationships with God.
“[Faith is] the center of everything for me. First thing in the morning I read the Bible, study, and pray,” Bream said. “I find journaling really helps me as well. Like most people who’ve been away from their houses of worship this last year, we’ve been doing our Sunday services online. I’ve only attended church in person a handful of times over the last year, and those Sundays were so precious to me! I think you can absolutely have a close relationship with God without ever going to a specific building, but I feel such a connection to my fellow believers when I can sit next to them in the pews each week!”
Ultimately, Bream is grateful for the opportunity to minister to people through the means of her book and the series.
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