The book How To Handle Worry by Marshall J. Cook, definitely played a significant role in transforming my life back in 2008(ish) … but it wasn’t the first book that did so, and it seemed disjointed to start there – when really the journey began in February, 2006, with this book. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Who would have ever thought I would become a bible believing, heart on FIRE Catholic because of an encounter I had with the Word of God taught to me in an amazing book by a Protestant Minister!!
However, truth be told, that is EXACTLY how it all began … and today as I completed my Rosary prayer walk about my yard (oh by the way the neighbors are noticing and questioning, not that I blame them), the Holy Spirit inspired me to share those mind-blowing, life changing Scripture verses with you.
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16 (NASB)
Scripture Awakened EVERYTHING
These words came into my life just as I was hitting my self-absorbed stride. Mom of 2, small business owner, Early Childhood speaker and adjunct professor, volunteer of the year – I had it going on, or so I thought. All this ‘success’ wasn’t helping me avoid frequent bouts of depression, anxiety and insecurity … and then I read these words from St. Paul and something clicked. It wasn’t my first encounter with the bible but it was my certainly my most profound. Suddenly, as I read this first chapter of Purpose Driven Life, the scriptures spoke to me and took on new life. It wasn’t just words I heard in Church (which at that point I hadn’t completely connected as scripture), but words that could teach me, guide me, and yes, even change me.
No one had ever really challenged me to believe in God as a current part of my life. Until this moment, He had been the one I believed created me, but thought our next real encounter would be when I died (though I was pretty convinced it would only be a pass through meeting on my way to a little warmer climate). I was afraid of God – and yet arrogantly detached from the idea of God at the same time. It was a mixture of He has more important things to worry about and I don’t want to bug Him until I REALLY need something. While, there had been cycles of feeling closer to connecting with God and holy things, those moments would quickly fade and I would fall back into the comfort of my non-committed life.
Then came Rick Warren … and a friend who thought this would be a wonderful Christmas gift, and then considered it an even better idea to come together each week and read it as group. I truly had no idea what was to come as I answered yes and the beautiful dominoes of my spiritual life began to fall … Read MoreAll Rights Reserved, Allison Gingras 2017
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