Thursday, January 8, 2009

Free and Easy Down the Road I Go....

I woke up with this Dierks Bentley song in my head. (Yes, God can even use a country western song to remind you of His blessings.) I do have a free and easy spirit this morning. Princess Maren is on good morning behavior, day three, and therefore has earned a brand new bottle of nail polish that she gets to pick out and then gets a free mani-pedi by mommy tonight. Sweet Marissa is MAW in the Pecos Bill play they are acting out in school and left with lines memorized, prairie bonnet intact and she is in her element. A little imagination goes a long way for her. And most importantly, the Captain is home.

I have mentioned in a previous post that the Captain and I are taking a class at church titled VP3 (sounds a bit like a surgical procedure to my nursing ears) but last night I had to give my narrative or testimony to three of God's beautiful women in our class. This exercise all started with yellow and pink post-it notes stuck on a poster board. The post-it notes stood for critical incidents in your life - yellow was positive - pink was negative. Seemed like I was slapping down a bunch of pink ones especially in certain areas in my life. This activity then translated into writing a full length narrative about your life and how God has been at work.

I have worked on this semi-diligently over the Christmas holiday. It has been hard, besides the fact that I felt I was back at college working on my senior nursing research paper, but dredging up some of the pink events in my life was really tough. The actual reading of it went well, although I was nervous, and I used up all Pastor Jon's kleenex on his desk. The women that God had placed in my group were there for a reason and there was not one note of judgment or condescension - just love and acceptance. I left with a lightness and God's peace in my soul ... free and easy down the road I go.


As Sam was praying over me last night, she thanked God for my story - that really is His story... and that is so true. We should write it and we should tell it. We are His song and we should sing it. How else will the world know about our Great God?

I am using this verse from Annie's blog and hope she doesn't mind, but it sums up my VP3 experience quite nicely. So sing your song to Him, about Him, for Him today even if it does have a slight country western twang to it. YEE HAW!

3 comments:

The B Keeper said...

It seems you are well on your way to a great New Year, Shannon. God asks us to stand out & be brave in His name...and that's just what you did....that's a yellow post-it note in your story !! How great you have such positive & Godly women surrounding you in your life. What a blessing.

Now on another note. I'm liking your music selection....a little Abba (goes a LONG way :-) and gotta love that Dierks Bentley guy...he's got an addictive voice...whew ! You know I really like a lot of them, I may have to redo mine & borrow some of yours.

Looking forward to your next post, and a glimpse into your precious life. Thanks for sharing....

Kim said...

What a joy your posts are to read. Jesus came to save his lost sheep. I know I've gotten lost in choices I made in my past life and reading your bolg helps me stay found! Thanks!

Annie H. said...

don't mind at all - I borrowed it myself! :-) great post.