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Excerpt: Chapter One ~ The Grace to Start Over
My eyes hadn’t seen it, my ears hadn’t heard it, but my Spirit knew that God was about to jet-propel us once again into his divine purpose for our lives. Sure enough, less than three weeks later my phone rang, and Bishop Jakes was on the line. “Sheryl, I’d like to ask you and Joby [my husband] to pray about coming home to Texas.” He shared with us his vision to establish a campus extension in North Dallas that would be part of The Potter’s House. At the end of our conversation, Joby and I thanked him for offering us such an awesome opportunity, assuring him we would pray for the perfect will of God to be made manifest. Hanging up the phone, I couldn’t help but wonder if what I heard was actually what he said.
Could this really be God’s plan for our lives? Could God really be asking us to return to Dallas? Was it his will for us to leave North Carolina? Out of everyone in the world Bishop Jakes could’ve called, he called us? It was one of those rare times I felt speechless and knew that I had to spend some major time alone with God in order to sort through the swirling emotions inside. We needed to hear his voice. We needed to know that, once again, he would give us the grace to start over.
Wanda Burnside, Cafe Administrator