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Scripture Reference: Gospel of John 12: 1-7, Matthew 26: 6-13, Mark 14: 3-9
Discussion Point 3: “She was a specific woman with a specific story who acted out of the particulars of her life” Elisa Morgan, page 19
My Declaration – I am a specific woman who acts out of the particulars of my life. We will discuss those particulars in the weeks, months, and years that are ahead, but let’s focus on today (which was actually yesterday, but I’m posting today). Today’s actions were specific to my being a Christian, a Mom, a Businesswoman, a Wife, a Sister-in-law, and a Writer. You see, I can always evaluate the things that I could have done or did not do today, but the importance of today is about the things that I did do. Today, I set aside time to focus on my relationship with Jesus; I took time to balance our family budget and compare prices at the grocery store; I took time to love and parent my daughter, and I took time to write you. Those are the things that I did and the ways that I gave today. There was nothing glamorous about my day, but I took what I had and did what I could.
We all have the ability to do the same. The wonderful thing about you is that there is nobody else like you anywhere. You were created in God’s image (in his likeness, creating you actually pleased him) and there is a specific purpose for your uniqueness. Every experience in your life, including every heartache and headache, every test and trial, every hardship, triumph or success is for a purpose. All of the particulars in your life are to be used to express love and thanksgiving to God.
Today, due to unforeseen circumstances, I am a woman who took a leave of absence from work. This leave period has allowed me to spend the majority of the day at home and the freedom to give of myself in other ways. Today, I was the woman who made another woman’s day because I threw on a dress and flip flops to go to the grocery store with uncombed hair and ashy limbs. I know that she was thinking, “Thank God I don’t look as bad as that woman.” That’s okay for today. That was enough. I did what I could.
Today, I have offered prayers, along with songs of praise and adoration to God. I have offered myself as mother, offered spinach to my body as nourishment, offered a phone call to one family member and one friend, offered several phone calls to my husband, and this one note to you.
That’s my story. I like the stories at the end of each chapter. For the men who read this blog regularly (and I have discovered that there are several of them), I particularly love the shoe shining story at the end of this chapter. So, this book is also for you.
The third time is a charm. I know that you are reading the book, because you have told me so. I’m just looking for one comment this week. Come on; don’t make me have a discussion by myself.
What do you have to offer today?