Happy new year to all! I hope everyone had a great time ringing in the new year. My husband and three other couples spent the evening together and had so much fun! I am thankful for such great friends. :)
So yesterday I promised to share the story of the fantastic ending to my 2011. I tend to get windy when I tell stories so I apologize! Lol
I have to give you some back story first. I belong to a women's bible study. I attend it every Wednesday morning and it is so good for my soul. In the fall this year we had a speaker come in and talk about her life. Her name is Heather Gilion and she grew up here right in good ole JC. She and one of her sisters, Holly Snell wrote a book called "Dancing On My Ashes". If you get a chance to read it, I highly recommend it. You can find it here. It's absolutely amazing and so inspiring. These woman and their family experienced unbelievable tragedy and found peace and understanding through God. Anyway, their sister, Heidi and I went to high school together as did our husbands and she also happened to be there that day. I hadn't seen Heidi in years so we were catching up on everything. She and I are both hairstylists and we started talking about hair life. She encouraged me to come meet her boss and the staff at the salon she works at. I told her that I might and that was the end of that. In all honesty, I really kind of blew her off. I was not sure it was the right thing for me at the time, so I pushed it to the back of my mind. But, God had a plan.
For some time, even before talking with Heidi, I wasn't sure that I was where I was supposed to be. Do you ever have that feeling? Like something is missing or you are in need of something and can't quite put your finger on it? I felt like that. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE what I do. Doing hair is so much fun and very much my love. But, I was feeling like maybe that wasn't meant for me anymore. I was stuck in a rut and constantly searching for something. But what it was, I didn't know. I was unhappy and grumbly and it was beginning to take a toll on my relationships at home. So, I prayed. I was looking everywhere else but should have gone to God first. Then one morning in November after a discouraging week, I woke up and the first thing I saw on my phone was a message from Heidi. I hadn't talked to her in two months, and here she was again asking me to come meet and talk to her boss Catherine. She said that she just kept thinking about me and to pray about it. What she didn't know at that time was that God was using her to show me the way. I immediately responded telling her I had been praying and set up a time to meet with Catherine the next week. She and I talked for an hour and a half and I left there feeling inspired. The next week I went in and showed her a haircut and style and that very day she asked me to be a part of her team. I was amazed. In a matter of a couple weeks, my life had changed. But, I was afraid. I had been at the other salon for 6 years. I had many important relationships that I didn't want to lose. I wanted to be respectful to them and not cause waves. My foundation was built there. I wouldn't be the stylist I was without them and I especially did not want any hard feelings. And on top of everything, I was leaving at the beginning of December, right before Christmas. It was so hard. But, then I experienced something that I hadn't felt before. And if I had, I hadn't paid attention. I was at peace. It was overwhelming and calming and amazing. It was God's peace. He had made the way for me. He took the worry away and calmed my soul. It was indescribable. He took care of it all. It was like the moment I started there I was a part of their family. I felt like I could be myself and grow in ways I hadn't before. And the happiness is incredible. I believe that God lead me to this incredible staff. He gave me these women of Christ as role models and to help me on my journey. I believe that we all need change in our lives and places where we can grow. That is how we become better people. God knew what I needed even when I didn't. There are no coincidences in our lives. It's Him every time. And then in itself is a fantastic gift!!
So tell me, have you expereinced God's peace?