We are at the halfway point (ish) of the Fresh Out of Amazing book club. I hope you are reading along with us. I have said multiple times “This is a no stress book club. Read what you can and join the conversation.
Last night at church I was talking to my friend Noel (she has been part of the book club) and she commented on a quote from the book. I said, “Oh I love that!” I then realized it might have sounded funny and even prideful to say “I love what I wrote.” But only I didn’t mean it that way at all. I promise you this. This book wrote me more than I wrote it. What I mean by that is, so often I feel like a third party to this book. It feels like I was there, but I promise you God was the one writing it. I pray Fresh Out of Amazing is a pointing book for you. I pray it points you to the Word of God, the hope of God, and seeing Him big in your life every day.
This is something Christine shared with the book club last week and I love what she said. I asked her if I could share it with you and she said, “Sure!”
“Re-reading Ch. 3 (She’s Amazing and I’m Not) tonight and it has really hit hard. I have been struggling so much with comparison. Honestly, putting it all out there, really struggling with fear of failing at everything and talking myself out of trying or pursuing new dreams… The plague of comparison is not a new problem…I have struggled with it for as long as I can remember. Scared to death to reach out and talk to people because I’m so afraid that I won’t measure up.
Last summer I felt like God told me that I needed to put myself out there because there were others out there feeling like this. After I read this chapter for the first time, I knew that this was a confirmation!!! I reached out to 5 ladies who only had me as a common denominator and asked them to go through this book with me. It was the one of the greatest blessings. A group of 5 strangers met over coffee and Jesus and became prayer partners, shoulders to cry on, and personal cheerleaders.As I finished the chapter tonight, I realized how thankful I am for these ladies and can’t wait to start our Bible study on Thursday night.I feel like a bumbling crazy person right now, but I felt like I needed to share this. Ladies…It is so worth the scary awkwardness to step out…Put yourself out there…Find some godly women and share life with them.”
“Find some godly women and share life with them.” I love that so much!
We all need that. I know I do. I’m jumping back into face-to-face table time with a group of women at my church next week. I can’t wait to sit next to women chasing hard after Jesus. That is going to be life-changing for sure.
Next week, for the online book club, we are reading chapters 8, 9, & 10. You can totally jump in with us if you want to. I’m sending out a weekly email for the book club and posting on Instagram as well. Just read and follow along!
Also, did you see this gorgeous necklace made by Aubree based on Chapter 6 and the print Becky made? Oh friends, I can’t wait for mine to arrive!
You can get one too! Find her ETSY shop here. She has lots of pretty things!