Sunday, November 22, 2015
Snowed in and loving it!
I decided this weekend that there is something that is often very under-valued.......FELLOWSHIP! I know that the stated purpose of these weekends is to accomplish the preservation of memories through pictures, but I believe that the best part of these weekends is the relationships. The sharing and caring and laughing and crying and talking and hugging.....well, you get the idea! It is all of that stuff that makes this time so meaningful. At some point during the weekend, Lia sent me a text message that she was so excited for an upcoming "sleepover" at her BFF's (best friend forever) house this upcoming week. I realized that this weekend is really one giant sleepover! I guess us gals never really grow up - as far as our friends are concerned!
We covered a lot of ground in our discussions this weekend. But the most important discussions revolved around this truth..........we all know that we need Jesus in our life in order to get through whatever comes our way. This group of gals has experienced a lot lately.......there have been family members with cancer and heart attacks, problems with aging parents and death of parents as well as having parents move in with them! Some of us are still grieving. There have been houses sold (some after a very long time), houses purchased and moves made - or expected to be made shortly. There are lots of concern about our children and for some of us, our grandchildren. And there are the stresses of our jobs. Certainly we also talked a bit about all that is happening in the world. Surrounding all of these discussions was the simple statement that we don't know how we could have possibly gotten through these issues without knowing that Jesus is right there with us.
It is so refreshing and wonderful to talk about real problems, surrounded by people who love you, especially when Jesus is always a part of the discussion. Yes, I think we would all be a lot better off if we just made time to get away with some friends, to talk and share and get snowed in! For me it was such a time of rest and relaxing. Plus I managed to complete 84 pages of scrapbooking - a new record for me on these weekends.
The snow was truly beautiful. It fell softly and silently and covered all of the landscape. There was a stillness and quiet that seemed to just envelop us in a cocoon. I stepped outside to take the picture and it was breathtaking. Even though it was freezing cold, I stood there (without a coat) and watched the flakes fall through the glow of the parking lot lights. It was a sacred moment. I am extremely thankful for this weekend.
Jesus, thank you for knowing exactly what I most needed. Even the unexpected, record breaking snowfall. What a special blessing these dear friends are in my life. Thank you for taking our needs and concerns and bringing us your great peace. Holy Spirit, bring these kinds of opportunities to all who need a time of refreshing. And Jesus, thank you for Tim and the great blessing he is to our family. Amen