That was then. This is now.

Today I’ve been reviewing in preparation for Bible Study tomorrow.  In case you missed it, we’re currently in Priscilla Shirer’s Jonah study and it is just

so stinkin’ good.  

My favorite part of the lesson this week has been looking at various Bible characters to whom God gave a second chance.  This stems from Jonah 4:1:

And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time

I’ve been given that second chance just like Jonah. Multiple times over. Here’s a post from two years ago in humble effort to express my thanks to the Lord for how He has worked in my life.  After reviewing the lesson today, I just had to share:

Reflection is good for the soul. Especially when it is reflection on how God has worked in your life. Eleven years ago today I made my way to the Cincinnati Zoo with a bouncy three year old in the back seat. We were tired; it had been a busy week. But my sweet girl, Taylor, was excited to go to the zoo. I was excited too. The plan was to meet a newly found friend and his daughter; the “date” was purposely scheduled with kids in tow. Guess both of us thought we had nothing to lose by laying it all out there. You see, each of us had mistakes behind us. Mistakes for which God had forgiven us, but we were still reaping the consequences. In His grace and sovereignty, He changed our lives that day at the zoo, by giving us each other. What amazing mercy and love Matt and I have experienced over the last ten twelve years.
In human terms:

Back then, we were heartbroken. Now we are whole-hearted.

Back then, we were desperate for His will. Now we continually seek His will.

Back then, we were incomplete. Now we are complete in Him.

Back then, we were searching for blessings.  Now we are seeing the blessings.

I love Psalm 30, especially verses 11 and 12. “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that [my] glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

A picture is worth a thousand words, so two must be worth two thousand at the least.
God is so good! I love you my Matthew.

Hallelujah for the God of second chances!
And third. And fourth. And fifth.
In need of a another chance today?
He’s waiting with open arms.
One more reason this blog is…
My Mess…His Success.

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  1. I love my 2nd chance family as well…
    and my 99th chance at getting life right.
    Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. LOVE it! That was my favorite part of the study this week as well. I thank God for every 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 100th chance he gives!! Thank goodness he never gives up on us.

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