Earlier I shared of two ways in which the TMPW impacted my life – living intentionally and the process of change. Today I want to share a fantastic blessing of being a part of TMPW – the books we received. As an avid reader (thanks, mom, for instilling that in me), this component was especially meaningful. Of all the 30+ books we receive, by far, the one book that had the greatest influence on me was Strengths Finder 2.0. It was so impactful that I gave about 30 of these books away as Christmas gifts in 2009. My top strengths were Achiever, Activator, Strategic, Communication and Discipline. They all fit me to a tee and others agreed. It was so influential because it gave me clarity on the skills that the Lord had created in me. I was better able to understand myself and why I make a to-do list on vacation and why I can be impatient at inactivity. I cannot use these as excuses to ignore the Spirit of God in me or the Biblical commands He has given us, but they have helped me know exactly what my role is in His Kingdom.
Another area of growth for me has to be the Sabbath. As an achiever and activator, rest is hard for me. But as I learned through TMPW as well as reading The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan, if I want to restore my soul then I have to rest. I also learned that Sabbath does not mean that I am sitting around doing nothing. I might be taking a lesson at the Apple store or getting a massage. I actually signed up as a monthly member of Massage Envy to "force" myself to rest. Now, I am not perfect in this area by any means but by practicing a regular Sabbath these past three years, I know that resting in Him during a significant transition in my life in the Spring of 2010 was possible.
Would so love to have you join me on July 1st for the introductory meeting! Please contact me to let me know if you would like to come or have any further questions.