Little known fact about me – I’ve had heart surgery (darn, now I can’t win any of those 2 truths and a lie contests….).  It was not open-heart surgery, rather it was an ablation for a condition I had had since I was a teenager (called PSVT- paroxyl supra ventricular tachycardia).  I digress, this post is not about those details, but about a gift a sweet friend made for me after my surgery.

We were put together in a woman-woman mentoring class.  We met each week at Caribou Coffee to discuss “Journey of Desire” by John Etheridge.  She was younger than me, even though I felt pretty young at 29…..and she was a wonderful designer.  We talked much about life, marriage, dreams, goals, and, inevitably,  my surgery.  After I recovered  and was well, she came to Caribou with a purse for me (if you know me at all, you know I love purses/bags/totes, etc.) .  She had designed it and inside had sewn a verse for me-

“I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free.”  Psalm 119:32

I think I cried, or at least I know I did on the inside, but was tough on the outside to not share that much……I was amazed at how much meaning that verse had to me now that my heart was free…no more worries, no more fear, no more anxiety.  Rather, I could run, literally, and my heart was free.

The simple joys of a friend who listened.  Somehow, I don’t think she knew what an impact that would have on me.  How many people in my life now do I really listen too and know their story?  How many people do I nod, uh-huh, and laugh with, yet 3 minutes later I could not tell you what was said.  Simply said, I need to listen more – really listen.  And who knows- maybe someone’s heart will be set free.