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February 27, 2020

When Pastor Rick Warren’s record-breaking, best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life was first released in 2002, I felt like it was written just for me.

It spoke to me during a time when I was going through depression and questioning my purpose in everything:  my career, my marriage and motherhood.

This book helped save me.

I had the absolute honor and privilege of finally meeting @pastorrickwarren at a special luncheon today and listening to him speak.

I woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed and questioning myself because I haven’t been faithful to some of the goals I set for myself in 2020: getting more sleep, saying no to things that don’t make my heart sing, not letting other people’s negativity kill my joy.

Pastor Warren helped put everything into perspective for me today.

He reminded us that we all go through pain.

We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond.

He talked about the pain of losing his son to suicide after years of struggling with mental illness and depression.

How do you choose joy when your heart is breaking in a million pieces, he asked his wife the day they lost their son.

My pain is nothing compared to his.

But pain, he says, is our common denominator.

Everybody has pain. Life is tough.

But with God’s love, we can make it through the tough times, he said.

“In God’s garden of grace, even broken trees bear fruit.”

Thank you Pastor Warren for speaking what my heart needed to hear today.

Thank you Erika and Russ Dickey for inviting Doug and me to share in this special, unforgettable day.

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