I just read, “choose an identity” as I posted a comment on someone’s blog, and I thought…Hmm. I remember when I would do that– and could do that quite well. But not anymore! I used to be able to tailor make myself to be something for others. Which identity do I put on today? Good girl? Worldly girl? Fun girl? Likes to drive fast girl? Shy girl?
Perhaps it was the theatrical side of me or perhaps it was discontent, I do not know. But now I am just me. Now I am exactly what you see. Jesus has made a world of difference in my life.
Over the past couple of days, I have had the privilege of meeting with a few new and old friends–some who are bloggers. Let me tell you, every single person I have ever met through this world o’ blog has been exactly, who they portrayed themselves to be. Of course, there are tons of details we leave out in our posts for the sake of privacy, but every single “identity” that I had read was exactly that identity in person. And each of them loves the LORD as much as they say they do!
On Wednesday, Joanne had invited local friends and bloggers to a sewing circle at her home. Now, I must tell you, I have ALWAYS wanted to get together with friends in that kind of setting. Again, maybe it’s the theatrical side, but I love how in days of old, women gathered together to make and create things for their families together. And they shared their lives and visited together. OH! It was just what I hoped it would be! Here I met several new faces: Teri, Tiffany, Shana, Yvette and Stephanie. (Here is my scarf in the making.)
Today, Trish had come to Colorado from Arkansas for some family time. So Meredith, Joanne and I met up with Trish in Castle Rock for a good visit. Trish is the sweetest and most caring kind of friend. She made each of us a beautiful scarf–and for our daughters, as well (Sydney got a beautiful pink hat–here she has put her hat on all by herself! Oh, and Tabor is quite fashionable in my beautiful dark green scarf!). Trish told me she stitched them in prayer–well I may just sleep with it wrapped around me. I love to be literally wrapped in prayer, don’t you?
I was blessed by Trish’s wisdom in raising her children. She has 3 children (all teenagers) and is about to be a grandmother! That grandbaby is blessed already by her Nana and is treasured and loved greatly. I cannot wait to see this baby girl’s picture! Her story is the most precious and beautiful picture of Christ I have seen, yet. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about God’s blessings!
Joanne, Mer, Trish and I sat and visited like old friends. We laughed and listened and loved being together with friends. We could have talked all day and night. It was a lovely picture of sharing our lives together. As Joanne said tonight, it was like a taste of Heaven. Can you imagine the times of sharing to spend there without a worry or care??
Joanne blessed each of us with a beautiful notepad, which she stitched with love. She also bought my coffee this morning! It took me about 2 hours to realize I had not paid for my coffee at the coffee shop we stopped at first. When I realized it, I said, “Joanne, did you buy my coffee this morning?” Well she did! And I’m so thankful to her and so glad that I didn’t leave a place providing a treasure of coffee and NOT pay for it! How wonderful to have a friend like Joanne, who simply is a blessing.
Meredith drove me today, and we had a wonderful visit both directions. She is a sweet and caring, tenderhearted friend. I think in many ways, God has given a friend to me like Meredith, to show me the way to do this thing of life. She is wise and truly a balm to my weary heart in this journey of joblessness.
I have to tell you–lately God has been sending blessings in the form of His people all over the place for me. I feel FULL–of joy and thankfulness and gratitude. It makes me wants to sit in the middle of the floor and cry for no real reason.
There’s another thing I have been feeling lately–like changes are coming and happening all around me. Friends, even though there is a forecast of snow this Sunday, I DO believe SPRING IS COMING! I do indeed!
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven
I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.