Friends, you’re doing great! We’re almost done! And I’m feeling extra-thankful for all of you tonight. Thanks for hanging out with me and for being real and inspiring me to move closer to Christ (and to reach out more to those in all kinds of need).
Just one more week of reading!! And then Mr. Kary himself will be sharing with on February 22, our CELEBRATION DAY!!
Speaking of celebrating… Angie Cooley, YOU are the winner of Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Made to Crave, and 2 tickets to Your Secret Name Conference on March 5! E-mail me!
EDIT (5:45pm): Our lovely winner is unable to attend the conference. Let me know if you’d like to go, and I’ll see what I can do!
Wow, this chapter was super-personal, huh? For Kary–and now for you. I’m just going to type out three short quotes and ask you to pick one to elaborate on–if you can relate to it and feel comfortable sharing.
Reflecting back, I know why I insisted on relational space. Simply put, I feared the potential of pain.
In a strange way, I detested relationships because they removed my perceived control over my life.
Regarding my relationship with God, I resorted to exclusively serving him with my hands instead of also loving him with my heart.
This is a little off-topic, but I loved the parts about Kelly (Kary’s wife) in this chapter. I don’t know if I mentioned this earlier, but Kelly and I were friends in college. Not super close, but we hung out, and I like her a lot. When Kary talks about her being beautiful and unrestricted and uninhibited and brilliant, I have to agree 100%.
And I love how he said,”To this day I tell people it was cheaper to marry a counselor than to visit one.” I say the same thing about my live-in web designer. 🙂
If you’re married, feel free to share how God picked the perfect spouse to “complete” you.
Left to our own devices, we usually choose the path of least resistance and prefer stagnation over transformation. Can you share a personal example of this one? Hoo boy.
Words couldn’t communicate my rage, and I chose a knife as a means of expression, punishing myself for feeling. You might have been shocked and horrified by this part of the chapter or you might have been shaking your head thinking, oh my word, he’s telling MY story. If cutting is part of your story and you want to share, I hope you feel safe doing that. Or maybe you had/have a different (unhealthy) way of expression/self-punishment/coping with pain.
Did you find it interesting that the angel asked Jacob his name (Gen. 32:27) and Jesus did the same thing with the demon-possessed man (Mark 5:9)? What do you make of that, and how do you think it relates to your own experience?