Donna Michele Watford, RN was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has degrees in Sociology and Health Studies; and currently attends Drexel University Graduate School. She’s married and resides in the Metro Atlanta area.
Donna realized a void in her life after the loss of her mother; it was then she asked God’s permission to share her experiences to offer others encouragement. Embarking on a new journey involving a closer walk with Jesus the Christ, she now shares her journey with Him through writing poems, songs and books. Donna’s goal is to first and foremost give God glory, provide hope in the face of despair, and be encouraging.
Donna, describe yourself for our visitors.
An undetectable force; created to drive the enemy crazy. I’m blessed with an innate ability to connect with all walks of life and I love sharing the good news of Jesus the Christ. My very purpose is to win souls to the Kingdom. I love sharing of myself which allows me to show a watching world what God can and will do. My message is a word of hope: John 3:16.
How do you find time to connect with God?
It’s become a way of life for me. I consult God on simple to the most complex matters in my life. I seek answers in multiple ways, but most commonly; I seek Him in the Word of God. Daily I read the Bible. I watch for Him in every aspect of my life, and I’m always available for His purpose. We are the best of friends, and I’m before Him at all times. Since the loss of my mother, I’ve not left the presence of God. I’m safe.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
Psalm 23 is my favorite passage in the Bible, and my favorite verse is Psalm 23:4: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” A gentle reminder of my path; I never shall forget.
My favorite quote is my own: “Man couldn’t break me; death didn’t take me: Grace.”
Tell us about your current book.
Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us is my testimony to a dying world of a faithful God. It is a heartfelt memoir of extraordinary relationships between the author and her mother and their relationship to Jesus. It’s a spiritual journey; the conclusion is peace, be still. A journey blessed with the potential to revolutionize the thoughts of mankind. This inspirational book focuses on social challenges including senseless killings and substance abuse. It has a subtle political twist that considers the sacrifices of Martin Luther King; unforgettable change. Their time together echoes the sentiments of President Barack Obama by depicting the effects from helping; circumstances change. A story offering the only love capable to change lives: John 3:16. Despite myself: Grace. Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us is available online at Amazon.com. The book will be available on other online bookstores and in bookstores located in the US and UK June 2010.
Donna Shares an Excerpt
CREDIT: “Amazing Grace” is sung by Hazel Miller.
What influenced you to write this book?
After the loss of my mother, there was such a void in my life; I asked God’s permission to write a story. Our story. He responded, “Yes.” Jesus cuddled me in his arms, rocked me, and told a love story. Amazingly enough, it was the story of my life. I now feel compelled to share it with the world.
Amazing Grace is my testimony. I am so honored to be considered a child of The Most High God. I’ll never forget hearing the words; it’s finished. I fell to my knees in awe of His mighty works. I screamed out, “I don’t deserve it. “ I thought, this could be anyone’s story; but God, He signed my name to Grace.
Now I consider, when I read my story, I can pick any chapter and say, “Surely the Lord was there.” For who else could’ve met me in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and told me to fear no evil with such authority. As I lied limp and lifeless; Life Itself, picked me up and carried me to the river. It was Life that made me drink and rejuvenated my spirit. Life nursed me until I well enough to walk; then, Life took my hand and led me out of darkness into the marvelous light. Now I like David must cry out to the world; where would I be had it not been the Lord who was on my side. I write to spank death back. In obedience and with no strength of my own, I allow the Holy Spirit to use me and my story to change the lives of others.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
John 3: 16. The path is made straight through God. The journey is always for Jesus. If you get nothing else from my story; it is my desire for those walking in darkness to see the marvelous light: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
What’s next for you?
I’m going to go before God for guidance and instructions on creating a healthcare magazine with a spiritual perspective. An opportunity to continue with my knowledge as a nurse and to inform the world of health issues plaguing our society. My mission is to give of myself to the world by inspiring, encouraging, and empowering. I started on a novel and I’ve written several songs as well.
Where can visitors find you online?