In 2012 Fred bought the domain FaithFlix.com. At the time we didn’t have a use for it, but he bought it with the expectation that at some point we would need it. And we did. After attending NRB Convention in 2013, I felt inspired to start blogging about the faith-film industry.
Faith Flix was conceived as a way to help shine the light on Christian filmmakers and indie films that were being overlooked by the mainstream media. My initial vision was small, but God took Faith Flix far beyond my wildest expectations. It opened doors for us to attend film industry events and meet so many film folks. It introduced me to movies I might have never known about otherwise. it allowed us to share our accumulated knowledge and experiences with others who were following along behind us.
In January of this year God opened up the door for me to take over as Women’s Ministry Director at our church. It wasn’t a direction I expected to go in; I’d never even really participated in women’s ministry activities. But I feel a bit like Dorothy when she steps out of her black and white life and into the world of color. A whole new world has opened up to me. I know without a shadow of doubt that this is where I was designed to be. Everything I’ve done up to this point in my life has been leading up to me ministering and leading women.
I thought I could juggle both worlds. I held on to my film world because it had become my comfort zone. It was my platform. It was what I knew and where I was known. I started writing a filmmaking book. I got input from industry friends. But as I worked on putting it all together and getting it ready for publication, I knew my heart was no longer there. It makes no sense, but I know that as scary as it is, I have to let go of my comfortable past and jump into my new future.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted
Last weekend I led our women in a prayer retreat. It was all I could think about in the months leading up to it. I spent every spare moment preparing for it. And when it finally came, I knew there was no going back. Speaking to women, teaching them about prayer, leading them to grow in their spiritual lives – this is where I want to be. It brings me a joy unlike anything I ever experienced as a filmmaker.
So I’m saying goodbye to Faith Flix. It will still be archived. It will be there for filmmakers to reference, but from this point on, my blogging will no longer be about faith-based films or even Christian entertainment. Instead, it will be designed to encourage and strengthen women in their Christian walk. It will still include interviews and book and movie reviews. It will also include some guest posts. In many ways it will look the same. But the focus will be on spiritual growth for women.
To all the many men who have faithfully followed Faith Flix, you’re welcome to continue reading. I’m sure you’ll find articles of interest. I’d love if you’d introduce the women in your life to the new Sharon Wilharm blog. I’ll be getting more personal. Sharing stories of faith. I pray it will bless as many or more than were blessed by Faith Flix.
Jeremiah 33: 3 tells us to “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” I’ve called. God’s answered. I can’t wait to see the great and mighty things He has in store. I hope you’ll join me on my new journey.
P.S. If you’re a leader at your church, I sure would love to chat with you about speaking to your women. It can be to speak at a luncheon or a conference, or even better, to lead your group in a prayer retreat. You can learn more about me as a speaker at my Christian Women Speakers profile.