Sunday, May 3, 2009

Changes in Life

Some might find this hard to believe, but for as much as I am an extrovert, I dislike sharing my problems with people. Not only does it make me uncomfortable, but I am not very good at it. I have an amazing life, and I feel like I am complaining when I share, so when I struggle, I internalize. I am aware this is not the best thing for me or those around me, but for a long time this has been how I functioned.

Something has changed though, or this post would not exist.

I read a book. Yes, I know. I wrote about commercialism, and I plan to return to that discussion, because I have more to say, but this book served a special purpose. It reminded me to leave things for God.

A part of that transformation in my life means opening up to people—asking for prayer. I am still uncomfortable doing so on a regular basis, and I am sometimes taken aback when someone asks if there is something specific in my life that they could pray about. Fortunately I have a couple of people I turn to when I need some additional strength AND when I have a triumph to celebrate! It’s amazing how much less stressed and happier I can be when I know I have people in my life, whom I trust, lifting me up.

On that note, this Sunday, I am giving an extra shout out to my friend and fellow basketball wife, Erin. She has done some amazing things for me this season—from thousands of miles away—to keep me strong and focused on how great God is. Each of us has an Erin in our life—or so I hope. Today I ask that all my praying readers say a prayer for her and the special praying friends in your life. I am thankful for those who pray for me.

"The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them." - John 15:13


Erin said...

Wow, Maria. I am speechless. Thank you so much for your kind words. You started my day off here in Turkey on such a sweet note. I am so thankful to have gotten to know you and have you in my life. I am grateful you know I am always just an e-mail away (or a Skype, or call as well!) You have enriched my life and I thank you for that!

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