Meet the Godwinks Guy
Beliefnet's SQuire Rushnell on Good Morning America, April 24.
Best-selling author and storyteller SQuire Rushnell—yes, that’s a capital Q— recently launched his popular Godwink Stories™ on Beliefnet. Look for his twice-weekly video vignettes that will lift your heart and make you smile, each Monday and Wednesday!
See SQuire discuss God winks on "Good Morning America." He was interviewed by anchor Robin Roberts, who was given SQuire's book, When God Winks, while going through her ordeal with breast cancer. Roberts said reading about Godwinks helped her through.
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GODWINKS™ has become a part of our pop culture vernacular. SQuire defines a "godwink" as what some people would call a coincidence, an answered prayer, or simply an experience where you'd say, "Wow, what are the odds of that?"
He encourages us to pay attention to the many ways in which God winks at us every day—leading us to where we need to be in life, connecting us with the right people and opportunities at the right time. Some people call it synchronicity.
SQuire has authored three best-selling books in the series: When GOD Winks: How The Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life, When GOD Winks On Love, When GOD Winks At You. The fourth, which was just published, is When GOD Winks on New Beginnings.
With his wife, comedic impressionist and TV host Louise DuArt, he also co-authored Couples Who Pray: The Most Intimate Act Between a Man and a Woman. Their love story is one of his favorite GODWINK™ stories!
We caught up with SQuire to talk about the power of Godwinks and how he came to understand them in his own life.
What exactly is a GODWINK?
SQuire Rushnell: A godwink is what some people would call a coincidence, an answered prayer, or simply an experience where you'd say, "Wow, what are the odds of that?" It is a synchronicity so astonishing, or a message of some sort that is so clear, it has to come from God!
How can GODWINKS help us?
They let us know we are not alone. In times of uncertainty what we desire more than anything else is certainty. We want to know that our families are safe, that we won't get downsized, or that we'll have enough in the checking account to make it through the month. We crave certainty when we get a scary medical report. And we long for certainty in our relationships. It's during times of uncertainty that we especially need to get connected to our faith. We need to believe that our lives are not random, like twigs floating on a stream to destinations unknown. Instead, we need to know that we all have a greater purpose, that someone really is up there watching over us, and we're always on an incredible GPS…what I call God's Positioning System™…never alone. To me, the best thing about godwinks is that they are tangible signposts along our way, giving us hope, replacing uncertainty with a genuine feeling of certainty that everything is going to be okay!
What is the basis of your faith?
I was raised in a God-respecting Christian family in a small farm community in Northern New York State, rooted in my faith right from childhood. But it fully blossomed when my son was born in cardiac arrest 25 years ago. His lungs had become clogged in the womb. As he lay in a hospital incubator with wires and tubes coming from his small body, I studied the gauge on the respirator indicating that he was breathing only 5% on his own—the machine was doing the rest. I pledged to God that I would pray for him around the clock and pleaded for Him to save my son.
That must have been frightening…
I witnessed an extraordinary miracle…a powerful godwink! During the 39th hour of my son's life, at 5:30 AM, his body began to shake. It was a seizure, said the nurse, rushing to get a doctor. I then watched in amazement as his tiny quivering body began to cast off the blockage in his lungs, sending a dark substance through a transparent tube. I stared at the respirator gauge. It was dropping. He was breathing more and more on his own. By the time he was 48 hours old, the respirator gauge had dropped to 50%, meaning that he was breathing 50% by himself! Doctors confirmed he would survive. They called him "the miracle baby."
My son was subsequently diagnosed with brain damage, unable to read or write, yet today he's a sweet, engaging young man who has a wonderful singing voice and musical memory. He's a joy. From the day of my son's birth, I truly began a deeper relationship with God.
How has your faith grown over the years?
My walk with the Lord has only grown stronger since I met and married my wonderful wife Louise DuArt. Getting into the habit of praying together, even for five minutes a day, produced so many incredible blessings and godwinks in our lives that we felt compelled to share that gift with others in our book Couples Who Pray. But Louise also taught me the treasure that can be uncovered through daily reading of a far more important book, the Bible. For us—and for anyone seeking proof of God's existence—the ancient scriptures unfold a remarkably harmonious blueprint for our lives.
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