Intro: A Drive I Didn’t Expect

As I was driving along during a two hour trip to be with a good friend at her mother-in-law’s funeral, I wondered why I felt compelled to make the long trip on a day when there was so much I could check off my to-do list at home.   To top it off, so many things got in my way that morning that I really thought I wouldn’t be able to make it to the funeral on time.  As I pressed on through the wardrobe malfunctions and other mishaps that morning, I was tempted to ask “why is satan trying to keep me from going?” or “should I not go because something bad is going to happen?”  But I wasn’t going to let fear stop me.  One of the greatest things I have learned is that nothing is more important than relationships (Romans 12:10).  Therefore, truth prevailed.  My friend wasn’t expecting me, and didn’t need me, but I knew that being there would show her how much I care about her.  Instead of giving up on the idea of going to the funeral, I punched the address into the GPS and was surprised to see that it said 10:02 a.m.  Since it was a Saturday morning, I knew I could get there within those two extra minutes.

Yes, during the trip, I kept my eyes opened to make sure nothing bad would happen.  But instead, God surprised me.  He used that span of time to impress upon me that it was now time to start writing this blog.  This is something He has been drawing me to for the past couple years (1 Cor 2:9-11). 

Having listened to the stories of hundreds of women and after walking with them through some of their painful experiences has made me aware of our common struggles and the questions we ask but don’t feel safe to share with one another.  In this blog, I will talk about some of these issues through my own experiences.  My hope is that these real life stories and lessons will be an encouragement to you and will give you the courage to reply with stories of your own.

Considering the abuse and neglect that goes back to my childhood, it is amazing that God has given me so much compassion for others (1 John 4:19).  I know that God uses the weak things in life to bring himself glory (1 Cor 1:27) so what more can I do but give glory to God by stepping out and testifying to what He has done in my life.  This is only an introduction to my story.  I will start from the beginning in my next blog.

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