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Topic: Break (02/06/06)
TITLE: "Break Me and Remake Me"
By Tammy Bryant
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I didn’t have a “spiritual glow” or “a passion for God”…..I had a “me me me glow and a love for being patted on the back.” Now honestly….I’m a fairly good singer….alone or in a group….I’m good with kids….got three of my own …two teens and one just a few years away from puberty….and after I shook out a few cobwebs…turned out to be an asset to our softball team. I had a great year! (pardon me while I laugh ). That’s right….I, me, myself….numero uno! Nothing could stop me!!! Right? Wrong!
Funny how God will answer your prayers and give you the desires of your heart while you’re prancing around like a three year old in dress up clothes saying…“hey everybody…look at me!” (Still laughing).
My second year wasn’t so great. Almost a year to the day after my husband and I joined our church, I started having medical problems. I had multiple symptoms….female problems, fatigue, body pain and uncontrollable bouts of depression. Over the course of eight months I went from active church member, active mother and wife and full time employee to barely being able to get out of bed on certain days. Slowly but surely…I was being striped of my ability to function normally on a daily basis. After several visits to several doctors the diagnosis wasn’t serious. I needed a hysterectomy and needed to be treated for sleep deprivation because I was too busy laying awake at night wondering why God was doing this to me. After all….I had things to do!
Needless to say…I haven’t done any activities in church in almost three months. My family had to take care of me and the household for a few weeks after my surgery. My boss allowed me to do some work at home my last week of recovery so I wouldn’t go completely crazy at home. I had no choice but to take it easy. And here’s the real kicker….the world didn’t fall apart without me. (Now I’m really laughing)!
I’m in my third week of recovery and low and behold I get the sudden urge to check out this week’s writing challenge, been too busy for that too until now. Okay….if the frying pan in the back of the head wasn’t enough….check this out… writing is the one thing I haven’t patted myself on the back about….the one thing I have rarely shared with others…the one thing I’ve avoided throwing all my energy into and the one true gift God gave me. I used all the excuses in the book and even made up a few along the way. Anything to avoid sharing my God through my own words. But then again….that’s the difference…they aren’t my words. It took me being put flat on my back to realize what I’m supposed be doing.
So…pardon the cheesy line…I’m going to take a break to break into writing. (Okay…not that funny but I’m laughing…..and writing).
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