Starting Over

I’ve been working really hard on my next book.

Things were clicking, the story was moving along, and everything was falling into place.  Until I took a step back, spent a morning re-reading what I had done, and said, “Oh, no… this isn’t right.”
The problem?  It was way too serious.  Way too complicated.  Way too depressing.  I took one plot point (and not a very good one at that) and ran with it, ending up with a good sixty pages of “what the hee haw is this?!”
The only sensible thing to do was to throw out sixty pages (AAAAAAAHHHHH!) and start over.
Oh, but starting over is SO hard.
As I was praying over the misery this created (y’all, I mourned those sixty pages), I kept asking God what He was trying to teach me through this.  And I figure that one good thing He was trying to teach me is that I was getting way too worked up about chick lit (true enough), but the REAL thing He was trying to teach me is something I already knew…
Starting over is SO HARD.  
Lately, I’ve been hearing so many people talk about how they’re ready to get back in shape, get back to healthy eating, and get back to doing what they know they need to do to feel good about their bodies and themselves.  And they say they’ve been here before, they’ve stood where they’re standing, and starting it all over again is SO HARD.
I get it.  I’ve been there, with all kinds of body image issues, clothes that were always getting tighter, and a very hopeless outlook.  How could it ever get better when starting over, again and again, was so hard?  How could I ever feel any different when I couldn’t figure out why this area of my life was such a struggle?
I don’t believe for a single second that God wants us to stay in this place.  I think He longs for us to have a right view of these things, the right motivation to start over, and the freedom to no longer be trapped by what keeps us defeated.
I know that starting over is so hard.  And I know that it’s even harder if you’re doing it on your own.  That’s why I’d like to invite you, especially those of you who are local, to consider joining me and some of my friends as we go through the book Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst.  We’re going to be reading the book, meeting up for coffee once a week, and just talking about what we’re learning and encouraging one another.  Sadly, we don’t talk about this kind of stuff in church, but I know probably 99.9% of women struggle with body image.  This is NOT what God created us for, and I am so prayerful that this book would challenge you, inspire you, and most of all, affirm you.

 

Would you consider joining us?  
If you want more details, please message me or text me, and I’ll be sure to let you know what we’ve got planned…

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