Last night I had a full circle moment. It began about fifteen years ago. I had just had my third boy, built a house, moved to Southlake Texas, and became a stay at home mom. This was a big adjustment for me. I did not know many people and I did not know how to meet people when I did not have a job. I would spend a lot of time reading and I would watch Oprah and her book club everyday. “This is it”, I thought to myself, “I will start a book club”.
I went that day and had cute invitations made and I invited my whole neighborhood. I had no idea what to expect. I could have no one show up, or I could have thirty people. The night of the first book club, about fifteen ladies showed up. Our first book was one of Oprah's Favorites, White Oleander. It was so great to connect with women that we knew right away shared a common interest. I am still not sure if the common interest was the books, the wine, or both. Either way over the next few years, we shared many fabulous nights of food, fun, and fellowship. We also talked about the books a bit.
After my divorce, the book club was one of the things I lost. When you go through a divorce things change that you would not think about and suddenly your life looks completely different.
It has been ten years since I moved from Southlake and my book club friends. I had to go through a time of letting go and mourning the loss of what my life was and what I had hoped it would be. I spent seven years as a single mom building a new life for me and my boys. We found a wonderful new community, a church home, and three years ago, I married the man of my dreams. I have watched God redeem and restore my life and my family. He has given me back my hopes and dreams.
Last night I had the pleasure of being reunited with my book club. After all these years, they are still meeting. I got to spend the evening catching up with friends old and new. It is amazing what can happen when we surrender our lives to God and let Him write our story. There might be times in your life where you feel cut off. Maybe you are not cut off at all but actually just cut back to come back even better. God is doing a new thing and giving you a story that is greater than you could ever imagine.
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19
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