Today I've got a devotion running on Proverbs 31 and Crosswalk.com called "... and she lives happily ever after." If your read my blog before you might recognize it. It's based on a post I wrote awhile back. If you are visiting for the first time, I bid you welcome.
This devotion was inspired by something I read on someone's blog. She's not a personal friend, although I feel I know her after reading her blog for a few years. Perhaps you know her too. Her blog is called Especially Heather. She came to She Speaks last year, although I didn't get to meet her. If I had, I would have told her in person how much her writing has meant to me. I'm hoping I can tell her today.
Although I don't read Heather's blog regularly, when I do, I spend some time catching up. If you don't know Especially Heather, she has faced some serious challenges for a young woman, including cancer and having a special needs child.
On the day I visited, I read a post where she wrote something that reached down deep in my soul, grasped hold of the edges and whispered vehemently for me to pay attention. Although I can't quote her, she said she knows her story is going to end well, one way or the other.
Those simple words about her story ending well, caused me to step outside my rut and see the bigger picture. I'll be honest, seeing the bigger picture is hard for a woman like me. I'm the one who cuts bunches of grapes into handy individual sections, irons her children's t-shirts and doesn't go to sleep until all her teenagers are safely in bed. I don't do "big picture" easily. I'm a keep-your-head-down, worry-about-the-details type of gal.
But Heather's words have really stuck with me. They remind me of what I know to be true about living as a Christian: This moment is important, but it doesn't define me. I was created for a bigger purpose. I may face challenges, both major and minor, but they shape me, not crush me.
Remembering that my story ends well causes me to lift my head and get perspective. This isn't the end. It's just a chapter or maybe just a page in the story. There will be a happy ending for those of us who love Jesus and follow Him.
Today I'm thankful for stories. I'm thankful for Especially Heather who is willing to share her story, for thousands of authors (some published, most not) who write faithfully to craft life-changing stories, and for the Author of the greatest story of all.
What book (besides the Bible) has changed your life in some way? How?
What author (besides God and the authors in the Bible) has changed your life. How?
This question is to include all those incredible writers who haven't been published ... yet.
Are you wondering what book I read? I'll tell you. It was "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. I then read the follow-up book titled "World Without End." They were both rough for a historical romance reader like me. Can you tell I really like happy endings? And I"m determined?
In His Love,