My name is Christina Woodard, I’m a paralegal in San Angelo, Texas. San Angelo is just a place somewhere in the world, maybe it’s a lot like your world, maybe it’s nothing like it. But, if you look closer, you might see someone like you. Someone trying to find their way, someone trying to find their place, someone trying to find their self. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one in the world who’s struggling, who’s frustrated, or unsatisfied at barely getting by. But, that feeling is a lie and if you just hold on; just find the courage to face it all for another day, someone or something will find the way and make it all okay. Because we all need a little help sometimes, someone to help us hear the music in the world. To remind us that it won’t always be this way. That someone is out
there, and that someone will find you.
[Stolen from One Tree Hill – character Lucas Scott’s opener to his first novel, An Unkindness of Ravens]
I like stories. I like the lessons we learn from them and the emotional attachment we garner as we become engrossed in them. I love what stories do for us. They change us. The characters enhance us. The situations speak to us. Stories give us a sense of belonging.
I realized my part in God’s story when I was 11. Since then, I have read it 70 times 7 times seeking to understand it better. Each time I come back to the Bible, either on my own or under the guidance of a study, I learn something new about myself and my part. I want you to learn something new about yourself and your part too, or I want you to discover that you have a part. That’s why I am taking my notes virtual. Maybe that’s why you found me.
The Bible (a study)
My notes on each book, each chapter within each book, and each verse within each chapter are going to evolve as I learn and as I grow. Interpretations may change as new points of view enlighten me, or as new authors present symbolism in a way in which I had not previously understood it. And I’m okay with this. I think christian maturity is an ever growing experience because our story is ongoing. Like the Bible, if you come back to this study sometime later you will probably discover something new that wasn’t there before.
Sometimes things impact me in life and I need to focus on that message. That is why I thought it was important to pull out certain topics of concentration for you to access. When something happens to me, I turn to the Bible to figure out how to handle it. I am constantly striving to understand first and to then act, if necessary. I fail at this often.