This month on the Her-Story Spotlight, we are featuring author and speaker Wendy Magee. Wendy is the author of the book “And She Called Him Lord,” a road map to making sound and Godly choices in marriage. Wendy also recently launched her ministry entitled “Speak UP” with the purpose to lift up marriages through edification and empowerment through the goal of establishing divorce proof marriages. Wendy Magee was born and raised in Port Arthur, TX and moved to New Orleans in 2007 through the now 10-year marriage to husband David Magee, Jr. and is the mother of two children, Kaleb and Kyrie. As Wendy and I sat down, we delved into what God’s purpose for her ministry is and how it all got started.
Why did you become an entrepreneur?
“God gave me the revelation about the order of family and I wrote my first book. I didn’t intend to start a ministry, but I believe it’s a need that has to be filled. “
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been in business since January of 2016.
What inspired you write the book “And She Called Him Lord?”
“Going to Franklin Avenue Baptist church marriage ministry, there was a couple there that did a poem and at the end of the poem, the wife told her husband she would call him Lord. Initially, my husband asked me would I call him Lord and I told him no, but then not even a month later the Lord began to reveal to me the purpose of family, the purpose of what it meant when Sarah called her husband lord, and it brought me to an understanding of how God ordered the family.”
When you wrote the “And She Called Him Lord,” what were your initial intentions for it?
“My intentions were and still are to create an atmosphere where people that are married or desire to be married can create this divorce proof marriage. Even people in the church are getting divorced and they are not understanding that if you have the order and your foundation is solid, that God will sustain you in anything. When that order is lost and the woman thinks she is the foundation or roles are reversed, then it leads to cracked foundations, which in essence leads to divorces. So, that’s my intention to really just give people the revelation of what God has given me. Not necessary to become this famous author. You know, if happens by way of that, great…exciting, but it’s really to get the message out and to restore marriages.”
How long did it take you to write your book?
“My book took actually 4 months to write and publishing took 6 months.”
What assisted you in writing the book and what fed you to keep writing?
“The book is not long. It’s 7 chapters and 77 pages. I journaled a lot. I kept my journal with me all the time for when I heard a word or someone speak about marriage. I did a lot of research. I used a lot of my own testimony, my own life experience about my marriage. I was very open to allow people to see that I was married this long and hey, I didn’t get it right. I also used people that I knew like friends and family who actually would read every chapter and they were my sounding board. They would tell me if I needed to research or change something so that really helped as well.”
How did the ministry “Speak Up” come about?
“In wiring the book, this year God really put into me a ministry. That’s where Speak Up came from, which is lifting up marriages through edification and empowerment. It’s just really going around speaking to not only people in the church, but women, men, single people, just giving the essence of the foundation and that’s really the whole essence of speak up. Creating this understanding where people are like ‘No, commitment is commitment. We’re in it. Were married. We are committed to each other.’ Even through dating, you’re practicing divorce by dating a bunch of people rather than courting. Your intentions are to get married and it starts from the beginning.”
What made you decide to re-brand yourself this year?
“Right now, a lot of people don’t like to read and I know that. To get people to get more interested, I think creating interesting shirts and re-branding the whole look would help. I think if they hear a little about what the book is about they may be more interested in what the entire message. Reading has been lost. It’s just something about that written word. I’d like to get people back to reading. It’s something about writing things down. I’d like for people to discover why the subject of submission bothers them and get down to the root of it. Something creative to get people back to reading.”
What makes your brand different?
“When I do research, and look around, I don’t see anyone teaching on submission. The heart of what god gave me is submission. God commanded us to be submissive, not only to your husband but to Him. People don’t want to talk about submission. Submission is not a bad word.”
What are your goals for your business?
“I see me really just going and doing conferences, speaking engagements, panels, and going around teaching the workbook that’s coming up. Eventually God has put in me some different books and it’s all driven around family and really focusing on family and never losing sight of what God initially gave to me about the family because it was the first order that God set up and I don’t want that to be lost. So, in the future I do see more books and some creative t-shirts, continue to write blogs about marriage and relationships and guiding people on how to have proper relationships.”
What mistakes have you made while being in business that you wish you could take back?
“Moving too fast and not really researching the people who I get involved with. God has really been pumping into me to slow down with making decisions and do my research before I enter in a contract with anybody. I think that’s the biggest thing for me. I’ve really lost out on money and God will redeem it. I knew I was ignorant in that and people were trying to get over, so I knew that God would never allow me to lose out when I was trying. I would just tell people that even if they have messed up, to go back and look at what happened and slow down, research the people. Ask other people that have dealt with them about these people first. Get their honest feedback before signing a contract and make sure you read the contract from top to bottom and get an understanding before you enter it. That is my biggest mistake.”
What piece of advice would you have given yourself prior to starting your business?
“Do a lot of research before launching to make sure you have the right tools, connections, and knowledge.”
How has your faith attributed to your journey as an entrepreneur?
“Faith in God’s direction and wisdom continue to guide me. God is the one who gave me the revelation so I continue to see him out for direction.”
It was a pleasure sitting down with Wendy to hear her story about her ministry and to be able to follow her as her business grows to reach the masses. If you are in the New Orleans area, you can catch Wendy as a key note speaker and even purchase a book or t-shirt at the Women Mean Business Expo today, August 6th located at the Algiers Auditorium from 1 p. m.- 5 p. m.
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