Amanda Vernon

Catholic Evangelist

Giving Thanks

Happy Advent!

I am back in Wisconsin, where our tour began over 5 months ago.  My family and I have 7 months to go.  Our anywhere-but-the-Midwest travels commence after Christmas!

We spent last week in Chicago to celebrate Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of the family.  As the smell of culinary goodness wafted from my aunt’s kitchen, the following Bible verse came to mind.

“In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”-1 Thessalonians 5:18

In all circumstances?  

I am on the heels of failing in my “Behind the Music” Kickstarter campaign to help create 2 new music videos and my first book.  Although many generous backers pledged, I fell short of the financial goal.  ($10,063 was pledged out of the $24,000 needed.)

Kickstarter is all or nothing, so I will not receive any of those funds or proceed with the projects at this time.

On the final day of the campaign, I was in Indianapolis.  After filming a short video for my backers (sort of like a concession speech), my husband and I ate a late-night snack of strawberry cheesecake.  He said, “Mmmm...sweet failure,” and I laughed.

Failing when I’m surrounded by unconditional love is truly sweet.  I was honored by those who made pledges, spread the word, and championed my cause.  Coming up short only inspires me to keep writing songs, touring, and sharing my gifts to the best of my ability.

There is a surprise twist in the story: multiple backers decided to gift my family with their original pledge.  This helps so much with our touring expenses.  (For instance, our minivan repairs have totaled $3,000.00 so far!)  It is amazing how God anticipates our needs, and works everything together for good.   

Whatever your circumstance leading up to Christmas, I pray you are filled with the gift of gratitude this Advent Season!


P.S. If you are inspired to make a gift toward our tour, here is the link to do so.

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