We just finished a series on the book of Jonah at church today… our pastors have done a great job taking turns breaking down the four chapters of this book.

It’s been the first time anyone in my life (that I can recall) that anyone has taken apart the “Jonah got swallowed by a whale” story and shown what God was trying to teach.

God told Jonah to go to Ninevah and tell the Ninevites about Him… they were SO horrible, our lead pastor pointed out they could be compared to Nazis.

Instead Jonah ran from God to do what he wanted to do… he ended up on a boat, then in the ocean, then he fell to the pit of the sea and was swallowed by a giant fish.

After he spent 3 days in the belly of the fish, he got thrown up onto land and LIVED.

Then he decided to listen to God and went to Ninevah and preached the gospel for just ONE day and the Ninevites turned to God.

While this seems like the end of the story – Jonah actually got MAD at God for not giving the jerks (Ninevites) what they deserved. Instead of justice, they got grace. They were horrible people, but God still loved them and because they repented, they were forgiven.

Of course, this is the SUPER glazed-over, Heather’s Digest version of the story – but I found myself relating to Jonah today & over the past few weeks it has been a sermon topic.

You can catch the entire series & see how it relates to your life on Podcast at

Our new interm music pastor did a wonderful job leading worship – and unleashed one of our pastor’s wives – as in: she lead a song & rocked it like Kari Jobe.

Our lead pastor prayed for me after church.  I always think back to his series on the book of James and that “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” when he prays… so I was thankful he offered to pray for me on the spot.

I mention this because it was the BEST “distraction” I could have for today.  Tuesday could NOT come soon enough.  Being in God’s presence is exactly where I want to be in good times, bad times & everywhere in-between.

Today’s Mood:  Hmmm… Thankful but still scared.  Anxious for Tuesday.  I have cried more than once today.  It really, truly seems like 12 years away but in less than 48 hours, I’ll have this melanoma cut out of my leg!  (Praying they get it ALL!)

Today’s Coping:  God. Church. Worship. Going to have Pho for lunch. Tickling Little Dude.  Pulling apart cherries by hand & watching him devour them… (they are my favorite, too). And a candy run to the gas station: I’m going to try the mint M&Ms.

*new category* Today’s Ripple Effect: Several people have told me they are going to get a skin check since I shared this news… After today, my pastor, his wife & my sister said they need to see their dermatologist for a full skin check. 🙂  If you are going to do the same because of my diagnosis, please leave a comment or drop me a line.  It helps make my day & it could save your life!

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