Chapter Seven - Leave A Lasting Legacy

purposes as effectively as I do now. Her wisdom equipped me for the calling. …Wisdom is justified by her children (Ma 11:19). She didn’t pass the baton until I was strong enough to carry it. It took time to reach that point, but that’s part of the process.

Joy inculcated her life into mine so I could live those principles learned with those around me. To inculcate is to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions. Its synonym is implant. My soul was fertile soil for her to plant God’s seeds of life that would take root and grow and blossom. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Col 3:16).

When Michael asked if I was interested in co-hosting a radio show he created in Washington, D.C., I consented, confident in faith, but not yet seeing the calling.

So many of God’s principles that flowed through Joy were being deployed. God’s purposes were being fulfilled. It was a path that I did not intend to take, nor ever expected to. I kept a “yes, now” attitude, enjoyed a great ride, listened with my heart, and learned to love everyone.

Once the taping started, there was no editing or stopping, so I had to keep going, even when I stumbled. In the frustration of my imperfection my husband smiled and quietly encouraged me, “Don’t be afraid to fail.” Those words became the premise to my approach.

The wisdom learned in my recovery resonated in my mind, “I came to Al-Anon perfect, and only got worse.” Actually my shortcomings endeared our listeners with a greater sense of connectedness.

The big payoff was a wonderful and real recovery talk show that moved smoothly, touched hearts deeply, and brought closure to tough topics with healing and understanding. Joy’s

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