I am taking a class based on Dallas Willards "Renovation of The Heart in Daily Practice: Experiments in Spiritual Transformation." My preacher is a huge fan of Dallas Willard and so I thought I would give it a shot. The book is packed with information, and pretty hard to take on, but our teacher is amazing. In the book you are asked to take a part of you, and transform it. I have taken on worry. I, The Mrs, am a worrier! I needed a new way to live rather than riding the worry roller coaster.
Now instead of worrying I go to God and ask for help. It really has worked. So simple but hard to do when you are running the worry program like a little computer (which I was). The next step was to tell friends you feel safe with, that this is what you're working on and let them help you. The teacher explained that God will work though them.
At lunch yesterday with an old and dear friend I admitted my addiction to worry. I told her that at the present moment I was worried about finances. I was worried about being provided for. She listened and was loving and kind.
That evening before I left for class, I was going through my purse and found a $100 bill. It was simply folded up and stuck into the inside pocket. My friend wanted to show me I would always be provided for and I was safe. I cried. When I called to thank her she said: "Don't cry, I didn't want you to be mad I gave it to you. I am just so grateful for our friendship". That money did not solve my financial woes, but it made me feel more loved and cared for by God then ever.
What needs transforming in your life? Is your God big enough to handle it?How can you help someone who is trying to transform their life?
If your kids are dying to have a "sleep over" but are too young, try having a pretend one. Invite the friend over and leave the kids with a baby sitter while you and the parents go out for dinner. Let the kids have their sleeping bags and PJ's and go to sleep. When they wake up in the morning asking where their friend is, say they just left!