Last night was pure and utter chaos. I left work and had a full schedule ahead of me. Home to change, Pedicure for the wedding, Bible Study, Swim Practice. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it involved running all over town and of course I was thinking the whole time about how I was going to be missing the “new” episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Turns out it was a re-run, and once again, all is okay with the world.
I started a new bible study at Hope last night called Thrive. It’s an all women’s study that seems like it’s going to be pretty awesome. I had some apprehensions about getting involved, not because it was going to be all women, but because Thursday’s are kind of crazy in my life with 2 swim practices and what not. But after some prayer and talking to some other people, I forged ahead and signed up.
I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS STUDY! AND THIS OPPORTUNITY!
God empowers women in such a unique way. The energy and dynamic in that room was moving. We’re coming together for a study written by one of our own, and it’s called The Divine Pursuit. You can read more about the study (and Nicole, the amazing Hoper who wrote it!) here on her blog at http://www.thestubbornservant.com/the-divine-pursuit/
I’m sure I’ve read the book of Jonah at some point in my life. I’m excited about getting down to the nitty gritty of it’s 48 verses and really examining this servant’s heart as I learn more about my servant’s heart. I’m coming into the study with no expectations. I’m excited about meeting new people at my church, I’m excited to jump in head first into the belly of this whale and open my heart and mind to what God’s going to do in our lives through this study.
So I left Hope and stopped at Jimmy John’s on the way to swim practice. I walked in to get an unwich which is their typical sub without the bread… it comes in a lettuce (literally, not lettuce that’s been back into a wrap) wrap, and it’s life changing.
Little did I know that a poster on their wall was also going to change my life, and my way of thinking on this “typical” Thursday night…
The poster read:
I Believe that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.
I Believe that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
I Believe that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by other. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I Believe that no matter how bad your heart is broken that the world doesn’t stop for your grief.
I Believe that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
I Believe that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
I Believe that you shouldn’t be eager to find out a secret.It could change your life forever.
I Believe that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
I Believe that you should always leave loved ones with loving well wishes. It may be the last time you see them.
I Believe that you can keep going long after you can’t.
I Believe that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
I Believe that we don’t have to change friends, if we understand that friends change.
I Believe that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
I Believe that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
I Believe that you either control your attitude or it controls you.
I Believe that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, that passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.
I Believe that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I Believe that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
I Believe that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
I Believe that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down, will be the ones who help you get back up.
I Believe that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
I Believe that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.
I Believe that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
I Believe that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
I Believe that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.
I stood there, in the middle of Jimmy John’s and cried… because as you know, I’m a crier. The guy at the counter probably thought I was a lunatic.
Those words, caught me.
I believe in a God who gives second chances. I believe in a God who is always there, whether we can feel, see, touch or hug him or not. I believe in a God who gives so much more to us than we ever deserve. I believe in a God who loves. I believe in a God who gives. I believe in a God who is master and creater of this beautiful universe that we call home. I believe in a God who calls His people to many things, and equips them to do His works. I believe in a God who cannot be contained, or fathomed, or changed. I believe in a God who has never left you, or me. I believe in a God who is the giver of life, the writer of beautiful love stories, and the divine pursuit of our hearts.
I believe in so many things, but most importantly, I believe that God’s got a plan for my life, and I trust that as I live my life, He’s revealing it to me. Day in and day out.
And as for Jonah, I’m ready.
And as for Jimmy John’s, I’m thankful.
And as for my “typical” Thursday, it’s over.
And a new day is here.
And new days will keep coming…
from a God who makes all things new.