Last night,while reading my homework for today (chapter 3), my husband said "You've been reading on that book a while." Of course my pride had to correct him. I'm reading a chapter a week, just as I'm "assigned".
(Yes, I was that annoying kid who got to grade papers while everyone else wrote their times tables a million times as punishment. I'm also a perfectionist and a pleaser while I'm getting my major faults out there.)
I love how God works. Without the Radical read along, I wouldn't have met Marla. Without Marla I wouldn't have been introduced to the @stickyJesus read along hosted by Michelle. I wouldn't have known about this book, which would be a tragedy.
This book isn't anything revolutionary. Its not full of deep spiritual thoughts or 12 perfect steps to Jesus. But in laying out the simple steps of living for God online, its teaching me what a poor job of living for Him in real life I'm doing.
And that has the potential to be life changing.
Yesterday, I got some great encouragement from my Sisterhood friends regarding my recent weight gain. God spoke to me through those wonderful ladies. Do the right things (little things) and the rest will come.
God has lectured me about this before. I shouldn't be superficial (which is what my weight loss quest is). I shouldn't be so caught up in me.
So yesterday, during my run, I made an effort to change my attitude. Starting with prayer. Can you believe it actually worked? Of course you can, I'm sure you've seen it in your own life.
I started out depressed because running tights just aren't flattering when you've put on 15 pounds in 6 months and haven't bothered to buy new clothes. Within a tenth of a mile I was praying.
One blogger I read regularly had emailed me asking for prayer for a specific issue in her life. Wow. For someone to contact me with that sort of request. I spent the next few moments bringing her request before God.
Then I moved to my friends (both IRL and online) who are currently pregnant.
Then on to my parents who are both dealing with medical issues right now.
I took the focus off me and put it on praying for the needs of others. And it was the best run I've had in a while.
Most of my online relationships are formed via blogs, then extend into twitter. I hope those of you that read/follow me know that if you need me I'm just an email away.
I'm not the best prayer in the world, but I'm praying to the One who created the universe. While I am nothing, He is everything.
Thank you for blessing me with your friendship.