So this production company contacted me to have my own reality show. Okay – you can scrape yourself up off the floor now from laughing because trust me – that’s what I did too!
Back in October, I got an email and I returned the call. The company said they were interested in a documentary. That caught my attention and I was very interested. We talked multiple times on the phone as they interviewed me and learned more about my life. (I first verified that this production company was respectable with 2 people in show business). They wanted to know about my marriage, faith, daily life and my church life. The more we talked, the more the casting director became interested in the other ladies in my life – my sisters and a few other friends.
She felt we were on to something special and asked to have the contact information of 2 of my on-line friends. After she spoke with them – she was ready to fly out and meet us and she asked me to invite my sisters and these friends. So in November, we met and the intent was to see if we would be the cast of a reality show. The production company’s plan was to pitch the show to TLC and OWN (Oprah’s Network). Both networks were interested in a show of this nature. The company liked us and we went forward – laughing – laughing because seriously – if you have seen any of the “Real Housewives” reality shows – these girls are OVER THE TOP – they are wealthy, tan, outrageous and well – we are just simple moms in Ohio…we weren’t convinced there was a story line here but we wanted to be open to God’s leading. We fasted and prayed for God’s leading and moved forward.
From there, there were Skype interviews for all the women and they nailed it. Then the contract came out – and it was time for us all to sign on the line in the month of December…and this mama got cold feet. Am I ready to have cameras in my house? What if I say something accidently – there’s no taking it back. What if they edit me to be kinda crazy? What if – what if – what if? This blog post written back in November was birthed from the fears that arrived from the possibilities of this show – I was freaking out a little bit lol!
Many many prayers went up – “God is this you opening a door or is this something to walk away from”? My husband and I wrestled and wrestled and wrestled with this. Over Thanksgiving Dinner, there was a family discussion with my sisters and their husbands – should we do this? At Christmas dinner again we revisited this question but at this point my oldest sister was out and my other sister was on the fence. And by New Years dinner, my husband and I had made our decision. We would not be signing the contract.
Oh Ladies – I love you all SO sincerely much. I want to give God all of me – surrendered for his glory – but it felt so risky putting my life in the hands of non-believers to edit. The production company was SO very kind with my decision and left it in a place where there’s still a crack in the door if I changed my mind…I hated passing up this opportunity. I love being bold for Christ – but I know my weaknesses and I also know my time constraints and when we looked at my calendar and other projects I’m working on for ministry – there seemed to be no way to do it all without it hurting my family. The integrity of my writing lies in the integrity of how I live – and I could not live well with this on my plate. I’ve realized that the Duggars are very special people!
There is still a chance that the show will go on…there are 5 ladies still going forward (Clare from Peak 313 was also being pursued and has backed out.) The rest of the group is waiting to hear back from the networks to see if it can go forward. Do pray with me that God does something great here. I’d just LOVE for you to see my friends, their family’s, and my church on reality television – can you imagine?!!! Oh it’s fun to imagine what God could do!
Ephesians 3:20,21: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Walk with the King!