Spiritual Listening Lesson 1–WHY THE HULA HOOP?

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God handiwork, recreated in Christ Jesus, that we may do those good works which

God predestined for us, taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them, living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live.


Now why would an overweight, old woman (sort of old—almost 60) with brain tumors get it in her head that she should start hula hooping—again—after more than 40 years of not hula hooping?

Maybe it was the fuzzy thinking from my brain tumors? Or maybe not. I have no idea, but I can tell you how it happened. I was sitting in my chair one day thinking about my weight loss journey or actually my lack of it. I thought about those activities I enjoyed as a child, I realized many of them kept me fit without me realizing it.

Jump roping wasn’t an option since. I have foot issues, not to mention balance issues because of the brain tumors. Bike riding…maybe, but it’s a bit of a hassle to get to a bike trail. On the other hand, hula hooping. That sounded fun and doable!

But what a ridiculous idea. People in their late 50s don’t start hula hooping after forty years of not hula hooping. And certainly fat people in their late 50s with brain tumors definitely do NOT hula hoop.

But the idea had popped in my head, and it wouldn’t go away.

In a way, our God-given dreams can happen that way as well. When I was forty, a dream was born inside me that just wouldn’t let go—the dream to be a writer.

I had no idea how to write a novel let alone become a writer. The idea seemed impossible, but I’m so glad I didn’t give up. Writing has given me so much joy and a purpose. Plus, it’s just plain old fun for me!

So, my question to you is what’s your God-given dream? God created you for good works. His good works are your God-given dreams.

God-given dreams may seem impossible. And yet you can’t stop thinking about it, dreaming about it, fantasizing about it. Just like I couldn’t stop thinking about hula hooping. I knew it was ridiculous to think I could start to hula hoop again at my age, but the idea wouldn’t go away.

So, what do you think I did about it?


This is an excerpt/summarization from GOD, LIFE, & HULA HOOPS. To buy the book or get it free with Kindle Unlimited, click on the link.



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