Good monday evening. It’s Monday night.. bout 9:18 to be exact and I am in my just finished going on a walk in the humid TN weather stinky clothes and thought I would sit down and write a blog post real quick. Good thing the computer is not scratch and sniff. First wanted to talk about GIRLS getaway and Giggles with the precious Bible study ladies I pictured above.
We are all different. We all have different walks of life. Among us : moms & wives, dental hygentist, hospital registration person, newspaper ad seller, counselor, craftmaker/beautiful stain glass window maker and many more titles and job descriptions. All ages from 20ish to 60ish. All different churches. All different spiritual gifts, worship styles, ways of relating to Jesus– but all one thing in common. We are crazy about loving us some Jesus.
This weekend we had our annual retreat at an amazing lakehouse. It was such a blessing. through giggles, games and worship God showed up! But I was not suprised. He always does when we get together. EVERY thursday I get the joy of teaching this group. Not all our pictured above. How cool is God. Our group that started out as 4 is about 20 now if everyone comes. God took our little and has done alot. We have sent out missionaries from our group to : south africa, japan, jamaica, honduras, china, nepal, india, bolivia, turkey and a few other places. God takes our little and does ALOT! I cannot believe God lets me teach these ladies every Thursday night for the past almost 2 years. I love how real we are with eachother.. God created us to not walk alone, but together .. in community. It takes work. It takes love.. His grace.. His face.. His favor.. but community is WORTH It. Giggles, grace and gratitude permeate our little group.. and I just have to thank God for it! Every week we commit to bring our REAL and take the masks off and we leave RADIANT.
I wonder how have you found community? How has God blessed you with that? Or can I pray for you to find community?
Now.. i am linked up with www.findingheaventoday.blogspot.com and with www.aholyexperience.com which I had the privilidge of hearing Ann speak at She Speaks. Her basic idea is to write the 1,000 gifts God has gifted you with. So I am starting this Monday. Going to list a few….
1. The blessing of community
2. This past weekend jumping in the lake with my twin sister at midnight just because we could still pretend to be like little kids
3. laughing so hard you hiccup for hours later
4. Cinnamon rolls (homemade ones) on ladies retreats
5. The fact that two men came on our ladies retreat simply to cook and clean so we woman did not have to
6. getting to see clients as a counselor
7. Having a coffee date wtih my daddy tommorow
8. Driving home with the sister from retreat knowing we NEVER get tired of eachother!
9. Pandora on the internet
10. Playing cornhole.. even though I was horrible at it.
What are your 1,000 gifts? How can I be praying for you this week?