Recently my adult daughter started working at a little boutique with clothes, jewelry, and fun little girly things. She doesn’t drive, so as her main taxi I am there quite a bit dropping her off or picking her up. Of course that often means I do a little browsing … and buying. I’m amassing quite the collection of costume jewelry.
I used to wear big, dangly earrings and have a necklace to match every outfit. So why did I stop? When did I stop?
I recently ended a nearly decade-long marriage after abuse, infidelity and a lot of conflict. All those years off stress and the gradual chipping away of my self-worth didn’t result in massive changes overnight, but somewhere along the way I lost myself.
I quit going to get my nails done. I quit wearing jewelry. I gained weight. I lost friends. And slowly but surely I transformed into a sad, lonely person I don’t even recognize. I disappeared in the midst of chaos and heartbreak and didn’t even notice.
A couple of years ago I heard Levi Luskso speak at Life.Church. His story stuck with me because he talked about tragically losing his 5 year old daughter to an asthma attack. How does someone come back from that?
His new book Take Back Your Life is part devotional, part journal. It’s a 40 day journey that shows you how to break down toxic thought patterns, how to journey through grief, and how to get past ourselves back t6o the fullness of life that God calls us to.
What I really liked about this book is that it goes past the typical cliches and platitudes of which these types of work are typically brimming. It’s interesting, intelligently written and drives a lot deeper than most devotionals.
This has, no question, been a tough year for me. But I am so thankful for all of the ups and downs because they shook me out of my complacency. No matter what is standing in your way, the great thing about life is that you can always stage a comeback. I look forward to sharing the rest of this journey with you.