Good morning, ladies! I'm loving the comments that are coming in re the last post and I'll respond to those on another day -- but I wanted to catch up on what went down while I was away and while hubby was in the hospital. (By the way, today is our 39th anniversary, and it's even more special than usual because of his recent illness. Your "floodgate of prayers", to quote RACHEL, did carry me through) Our wonderful Crystal (pictured here with me at The Abbey in Quebec) has been her usual great at keeping me apprised of the general flow. Ya gotta love that lady.
One area where it seems you've all made, like, quantum leaps in living the life that really is life is in letting go and embracing. A few examples:
MIRIAM is managing distractions so she has more time to serve, write, think and pray. Right there with ya, Miriam. It's a continual process all our lives. Trust me on that.
KATE S is going to complain less and enjoy more when it comes to dance. Yeah, y'know, the arts are supposed to be a source of joy, even though they are at times hard work. I have to remember that myself when writing starts to feel like a job.
MELODY is letting go of comparison and celebrity "news" and looking to develop the kind of in-person friendships that she has here on the blog. (SARAH ELIZABETH is there, too and wants to stop sugar coating things with her friends) I love Melody's, "I feel an ocean but show a puddle." I mean, that is seriously good!
ABBIE and MADISON are going to try to deal better with brother issues. EMII has rediscovered the value of being an enoucrager. LEXI is re-prioritizing so she can spend more time with God and more time pursuing her writing. PAIGE is moving that way too; her first step: signing off Facebook an hour earlier. THERESE wants to work at cutting back on waste-of-time style socializing and is doing that via walks with God. NICOLE has taken at least one stress break (and we hope she does more of that) Great growth, ladies. I know adults who WISH they were making that kind of progress.
We heard from some of you who've been quiet for a while, which is like seeing old friends we've lost touch with. We have missed you ALISHA, BETHAN, WREN, MIMI and CAMI. It's good to have you back.
And we have some new members: LAURA JANE (recently graduating from the tween blog) and ASHLEY (a horse lover) and KAMILAH . Welcome, ladies. We hope you'll feel at home here.
Two things really popped out at me as I was reviewing your comments. One is how much you love and respect each other and have formed such a trusting, God-honoring, honest community here. I'm just so proud of you, so blessed by the work that's going on in your spirits.
The other is that some very concrete things are coming out of your work here and your continued closeness to God (even at times when, like NICOLE has recently, you feel kind of spiritually apathetic . . . God gets that, by the way) ALISHA feels nudged to write a devotional in which she'll tell the story of her struggle. MELODY is including the blog on her senior board, and has made her own blog, actually. NICOLE, RACHEL and BETHAN are simply using "love and blessings" as their sign-off. MIRIAM's baking cookies for her neighbors (could you send some of those my way?)
Basically, I think you're amazing and I'm so honored to provide this place of being. I have no particular comment prompt -- I know you're still working on the one from the last post -- but I just had to check in and let you know that you are loved and appreciated. I guess that's me letting go and embracing too. Ah -- it feels good.