*I absolutely loved Chapter 1. It was so important to grasp the concept that it's ok to not be ok. Just like Jonah, I can easily find myself discouraged and discontent with where God has me in life. The vital concept for me though was the fact that Jonah simultaneously remembered all that was right about God! Wow! Talk about a focus shift. It's impossible to sink lower and lower into our despair when we lift our eyes to our Sovereign, Immutable, and Holy Father.
*Like she mentions in the book, Chapters 1 and 2 are like peanut butter and jelly. They have to go together! After all, we can't stay on our "bathroom floor" forever! The fact that God desires to do an amazing work (even if I can't pinpoint what it is) through this unlovely or unwanted place in my life is such an important reminder. My desire is to be more and more conformed to the image of His Son.
*It felt like Stacey was writing directly to me in Chapter 3: Removing the veil of fine. In the past, when I have become vulnerable with my sisters, I've been amazed at how many of them are struggling with very similar situations. That's why I'm not quite sure why I always pull that "veil" back over the ugly areas in my life. I understand that I need to use discernment in what I share, especially in my position as a pastor's wife. But, it's my weaknesses and battles that glorify the power of Christ the most!
I can't wait to continue to share from the next few chapters next Tuesday. What have you learned so far?? Make sure to head over to 29 Lincoln Avenue today for more thoughts on these chapters!