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This Is My Story

It's been a little crazy and exciting around here lately. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have seen that I am using my words. A lot. I want to give you a little background on the links I am going to share with you here.

First a podcast, gulp! I was interviewed on a recovery podcast called, "The Bubble Hour". The format there is to tell your story and then the host, Jean McCarthy, asks you questions based on what you shared. In sharing my journey into recovery I talked about some key things that happened with friendships along the way. She asked some hard questions afterwards about that incident. I was forced to revisit what had happened (on the spot) and it made me look at it in a different perspective than what I had before.

"I had some pretty bad episodes on a business trip/vacation that prompted a few friends to confront me about my drinking . That didn’t go well, I was so angry with them. I turned that around with just a venom of how dare you! I was furious with them for discussing me and made them feel terrible about what they had “done” to me. So now I'm losing friends too but believing that it is their fault not mine "

The other event was speaking at Grace Christian University for their student and faculty chapel. What am I going to say to college students?! I ended up having a lot to say and really enjoyed the experience. Not kidding I had so much peace about doing this and am grateful for the opportunity to speak to a new audience.

"That is how addiction works. It invites you in, you accept the invitation and then you become friends, you trust it, and you think you’re smarter than it."

This morning I was supposed to speak to a group of Young Moms in Holland at Ridgepoint church but the weather had a different plan for me. So that one will be rescheduled. So I am home again working away on a few different things. I have gotten more done this last week being forced to stay put than what I have in a long time! It's good but I will admit I get a little stir crazy by late afternoon. Last week my husband barely made it back here because the highways were closed and I met him at the door and said "hey can we go out for dinner?"

I guess the answer is no

I released a 28 devotional pdf this past week too. Those 28 words were on my heart and I wanted to share them with you. They are short 1-2 minute read you can read on your phone while you brush your teeth if you want. I know we are all in a hurry and time in the morning in precious. I encourage you to give it a try and see what it does for your day. I appreciate the feedback and have had some great emails from some of you. I love to hear from you. It feeds my soul and keeps me going ! If you haven't received it let me know and I would be happy to share it with you.

Today I'm home. Safe and warm even though it sounds like our house is under attack, all this ice falling sounds like we are under fire! So I have my headphones on lol. I am going to dive in here and get some things done because next week we are in charge of two little boys, and it's going to busy! Mimi Grandma will not be working much but that is okay, I can't wait to hang with the bash brothers for a few days!

This morning in II Timothy I read "Concentrate on doing your best for God-work you won't be ashamed of. Laying out the truth, plain and simple."

That struck me because you know what? I am not ashamed of my work. I might not be the best speaker or writer about recovery, but my story is mine. No one else lived it or gets to tell it. I need to own that and know that all I am following instructions: His instructions.

Blessings on your weekend,



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