You may remember the Proverbs 31 Bible study that I did back in the beginning of summer. When that one finished, I began looking for another one to do. Around that time, there was a lot of buzz around blogs and twitter about Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst. After reading the summary of the book, I knew that I had found my next Bible study, this time with Melissa Taylor.
Unglued talks about "making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions". I think that Lysa wrote this book exactly for me! I'm a redhead, in every sense of the word. I have a quick, fiery temper and it does not take much to set me off. And you know what? I hate being that way! I want to be in control of my emotions. I don't want to become unglued at the smallest little thing. I am not a freak-out woman! Or at least, I certainly don't want to be and I am going to focus on not being one.
So far, I've read the first two chapters. Chapter 1 - An Invitation to Imperfect Progress talks about just that, imperfect progress. Lysa says, "Imperfect changes are slow steps of progress wrapped in grace . . . imperfect progress." It's important to focus on making progress and understanding that a change may not come overnight. I will have days where I succeed and days where I fall flat on my face. The importance is to get back up and begin again, more forward.
Lysa also discusses how it's important to not focus on the past, but to "bow to the One who holds out hope for a better future". If I have a bad moment, or a bad day, I need to learn to leave that in the past and ask God for guidance for tomorrow.
Chapter 2 - I Am Not a Freak-Out Woman is all about perspective. One of the biggest messages is that I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control. It's also about learning to trust Him and that he might be giving us one challenge to prepare us for another.
During my infertility struggles, I had an epiphany one day. I had spent so many days crying and asking God why I couldn't be blessed with a child. Why did I have to struggle so much when I knew that I would be a good mom and knew that we deserved a child? I begged and pleaded, screamed and cried. Then, it hit me. If infertility was the cross that I was meant to carry, then that's really not the worst thing to happen to me. There are people who are fighting to live every single day; people who wake up and don't know if they will have see another day. I was alive. I have endometriosis, but it's not killing me. As bad as things could be for me, infertility wasn't the worst.
I have met so many fantastic women during my infertility struggle. I think that God gave me the infertility struggle so that I could meet these women and share the journey. I just couldn't see it in the beginning.
I am really excited to read more of Unglued. I really think that this book and study is going to be good for me and is going to help me learn how to not be a freak-out woman.