What 24/7/365 is all about…
I had my whole life at the age of ten ripped out from under me. One day innocent bliss and then the next gone. Needless to say, that really did a number on me. I lived in major fear from that point on for the next 42 years. My Name is Bea Picou. My story will inspire you that if I can conquer fear anyone can. I am not a minister, however I have done some ministry work in the prison system in Alabama. But I am a student of God’s Word and as I see Christians today who are supposed to be living the Word I feel something is missing. People look to us for hope. The way we bring people to Christ is through example.
But what example makes the biggest impact? Doing good deeds and giving money and going to church are all good, but Jesus talked to us about our fruit. Our fruit is not just what we do but who we are.
When we live our lives in fear and in worry, we are not demonstrating the good fruit. This is really what people seek…to be happy.
What if we can learn to live truly happy like Paul, no matter what our circumstances? What if one little silicone wrist band could remind people to have courage, fear less, be comforted and increase their happiness?
This ministry dedicated to my friends who died and I survived. If we together (my friends mentioned below) and me can impact just one life then this ministry will have been a success.
That is what this whole movement is about.
I grew up in a small town in N.C. All my relatives lived around us and my neighbor and cousin, Jean, was my best friend. All us kids on “the hill” as we called it played together. All the same age. Yes this was before video games. We played outside. Well Jean had a mischievous nature about her and was always getting into trouble.
Her parents, my Aunt and Uncle, had built a bomb shelter (Cuban Missile Crisis of the 60s) and Jean got the key for 6 of us to go play. My neighbors Regina her brother Donny , Gloria, Michael, Jean and me get into the bomb shelter and smell gasoline. I about pass out and Donny gets me back out of there. We all go sit on the grass beside the shelter and then they say they are going in one more time and need to turn off the light. A voice very clear and loud inside me said “Do Not Go Back In There”. They all called me chicken but I was not going back in. I went and stood on the outside of it and the next thing I knew, I was rolling down the hill and all I saw was red.
Yes, it had exploded. I ran up the hill and saw adults running down the hill. My Mom put me in the car and rushed me to the hospital. I felt no pain, I was in shock. Days later they told me all my friends had died. I was the only one to survive.
I had my whole life at the age of ten ripped out from under me. One day innocent bliss and then the next gone. Needless to say, that really did a number on me. I lived in major fear from that point on for the next 42 years.
I was saved at age 18. But I still lived a miserable life. I would achieve only to lose it all again due to fear. I graduated top of my class, got a good job only to leave it then end up in bankruptcy. My relationships stank because I chose people who were not healthy because I was not healthy. Back on top again as the youngest person to become Vice President in the Baptist Health System only to get fired. Left alone with a house payment and my partner walking out on me at the same time I started again at ground zero.
Next I built a company for myself. I was making great money but then the fear came back that I would lose it all and guess what? Yes, business started to decline and soon enough i was running in the red, drawing out of my retirement savings to pay my employees. However during this time I read a secular book by Dan Brown called the lost symbol. The premise was this really bad guy was trying to find the “wisdom of the ancients” so he could rule the world. Well turns out that the “wisdom of the ancients” was the Holy Bible. From that point on I dusted off my Bible and started studying because I was tired of living in defeat. I wanted this wisdom of the ancients. Then I found Joyce Meyer who took me through a Bible study on TV.
I found that passage in Matthew “Seek and Ye Shall Find”. So from that point on I prayed and still do pray this simple prayer: “Teach me”. God took me up on it and is teaching me and He has changed my life. Its taken 12 years from the point I started to learn but I have graduated to FREEDOM. But to overcome fear God will put you in the situation you FEAR. It’s not easy but worth it.
I lived for 42 years scared whenever I started to really be happy and guess what that fear was the ticket for satan to come steal my happiness and give me exactly what I feared. I have overcome now and live a Victorious Life. My circumstances no longer control me and I see my future now. Happiness, Peace, Abundance, Health and Joy are Mine. They can be yours too.