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It’s funny to me how this diamond kind of snuck up on me.
In the midst of my 50 year celebration I have started recognizing some realities of how my second half will be different.
And I must say,
Since we have just settled in from our tour of Texas I have been looking for ways to become established in community (neighborhood, church, friends, etc.).
Mr. Wonderful and I had visited a church and I noticed they appeared to have a very active women’s group. That caught my attention…Interest and Excitement came-a-knockin. The church was just starting a women’s Bible study so I inquired and signed up to join a group.
BINGO – I am in!!!
The day of the study – as I was driving – I began laying out my plan before the Lord (silly I know). For anyone who’s interested, here’s what the Lord says about “the best laid plans” (Psalm 94:11, Proverbs 16:3 & 9)
“Father, please don’t let this be a group of young, stay-at-home moms. I won’t have anything in common with them. They won’t be able to relate with where I am in life and besides… I’ve already been there and done that. Okay! Thank You and I love you. Oh yeah – I know You have the best laid out for me, so I’m good with what You give me.”
The latter part of that prayer was really just a platitude. An obligatory add-on… “You’re will be done” kind of thing.
Anyone else ever do that!?! Or is that just me?
So I walk up to the door…
Ring the bell…
And am greeted by a house full of…
Young, Stay-at-Home Mothers!
Bet you saw that one coming.
My first thought was, “Lord, You’ve got some splainin to do!”
The ladies and the Bible study were really enjoyable. I found their enthusiasm and hunger so refreshing. I also discovered that I had experienced a lot of the same challenges in my life and knew how to speak truth, wisdom, encouragement and hope to them.
After the study was over and I was back in my car I realized what the Lord had done. He had given me the honor of being the woman who…
“Speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her lips.” (Prov. 31:26)
Yes – I was the “oldest one” in the room, but what a privilege to have such an incredible opportunity to share in such beautiful lives.