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I have been given several “do overs” in my life recently.  I love experiencing all of my new “Firsts”.  Some of which include:

  • Walking up a flight of stairs without becoming out of breath.
  • Going for a jog in the park with my nine year old daughter.
  • Fitting into a pair of pants that are two sizes smaller than I am accustomed to.
  • Seeing sweat as my friend.
  • Trying new foods and new seasonings.
  • Reading an old book with “new eyes”.

There are many more “Firsts”, but right now, “Reading an old book with new eyes” comes to mind.  About a year ago a friend of mine suggested I read a book called  The Shack by William Paul Young.  I read the book with great enthusiasm.  It’s about a man whose youngest daughter was abducted by a serial killer, the great sadness that ensued and his encounter with God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit .  The first time I read the book I was in awe of how well written it was and how REAL this story was to me.  Sure it’s fiction, but nevertheless, I got the feeling that is was an autobiography.  I read that book twice back to back.

A month ago I was talking to a friend whose son is going through a hard time.  He was looking for books to read.  I had such fond memories of the first time I read The Shack that I recommended the book to her son.    I was told he read it in one day.  I was excited that he had enjoyed the book as much as I.  This made my friend want to read the book too.  I told her I would read it with her.  This would be the third time for me to read the book and it was an entirely different experience.

A lot has happened in my life since the first two times of reading the book.  For instance, Hurricane Sandy came and disrupted our lives and finances (See my blog from last November – Blessed! Abundantly Blessed.).  A year later, I finally feel like my family has just recovered, but know there are countless others that have a long road ahead.   I have had two family members diagnosed with terminal forms of cancer,  my hours at work were reduced (thus reducing my income) and most importantly my health was so diminished that I found it of utmost urgency to lose my unhealthy weight.  This time when I read The Shack there were so many areas of my life where Mack’s (the main character) experiences applied.  His faith was tested numerous times, yet he was brought through it.  He questioned God about all of the bad that happened, yet  all of the good that came from the bad was revealed.  There were times when he felt alone, yet it was made clear that he is never alone.  This book made me look at my relationships with my friends and my family and evaluate where I can be a better person.   Oh… and the third go round reading this book, I realized that I kept skimming over one very important detail in the entire book. Who knew that the entire time Mac was…. Well, I am not going to tell you.  You just have to read the book.

Thankful for a second…and third… chance to experience something for the first time.

Sorry.  I have no fancy scrapbook page to share with this blog.  Just a little food for thought.  What are you experiencing for the first time…again?

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9 Responses to Blog: Thankful for Second Chances

  1. Yes, the Shack is a great read, and lots of little surprises! I think I need to go read it again! Certainly gives you a different perspective on our pre-conceived ideas. So proud of all you’ve set your heart to do Tameka! Your faithfulness shines through!

  2. jan mc says:

    Meka, you continue to be such an inspiration to so many of us! At our house, we talk about some lessons that are so important we get to learn them OVER and OVER and OVER….

    Like many others, I am thankful for YOU! xx

  3. Felisha says:

    I read that same book! Your blog has made me think it’s time to read it again… I too could use a few do overs for my life right now. Thanks for sharing something so personal!

  4. Penny Peterson says:

    Tameka, your blog post really made me stop and think. Thank you for that! I can relate to your experience of “do overs” (and over, and over). I can also relate to how amazing it feels to experience the changes that come with losing some unhealthy weight. I’m so proud of you for your determination and for setting such a great example of taking time to care for yourself. Our kids need to see that it’s not only ok but necessary for moms to do this. Way to go!

  5. Katrina says:

    Loved your blog Tameka! I used to read often, but somehow let it go to the way-side. I always have plenty of excuses, but you make me want to pick this one up. Thanks for sharing, and continued success on your journey!

    • Tameka says:

      I don’t have a lot of time to read. However, I do try to read during my commute or at least 15 minutes per day. Sometimes I get so enthralled 15 minutes turns into hours.

  6. Kay says:

    Another thing to love about P2P … pixies with great big hearts! Thanks for sharing this Tameka.

  7. Liz Propst says:

    Small world….I read this book a few years ago and I just pulled it off the shelf about a week ago and began reading again….Thanks for sharing Meka!!

  8. Kim says:

    I have read The Shack – a fantastic book. But, I have only read it once. Sounds like I need to read it again. Tameka, I am so proud of your determination for change in your life and keeping your faith at the front of that change. You are a great example to the women in your life! In this season of thankfulness, I am thankful for your friendship!

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