Once a month the women's ministry at our church goes out and visits with the ladies/couples who can't get out and come to church anymore. We do this the last Wednesday of every month instead of Bible study. These times are always so fun. I am not sure who enjoys it more, us, or the people we visit. We always get a good laugh about who the last one out of the house will be. We all cram into the same car and drive around the community. It is a site to see!
The past few weeks have been a little bit of a struggle for me. I think between stress, the end of the school year, and of course the TAKS test, it has all just really gotten to me. I was having a pretty rotten day. I came across as being rude to someone, and when she told me I did, I felt horrible about it. I am so stressed out and tired of stuff that I was rude to her. This breaks my heart. I do not like to disappoint anyone so I had to go back to her and apologize and explain that I wasn't meaning to be rude, I just sometimes (ok, most of the time) say exactly what I think. Sometimes this is a good thing but sometimes its a bad thing. I am working on this. But for people who don't know me very well, this comes across as being ugly, and that is what I am working on.
I say all this to get to my point (there is one, I promise!)
My point is that I am SO very thankful for the ladies at our church and for their friendship and fellowship. We always have such a good time together. Being a part of this group has brought more blessings to my life than I deserve. Tonight while we were visiting Mrs. Essie, who will be 100 in May, my heart was so full of joy that I forgot all about my stress and worries. I know that Mrs. Essie and the others love it when we come, but I get so much out of it as well. These elderly people have so many great stories to share with us. They can teach us so many things through their stories and experiences. Its great for me to just shut up (for once) and listen to all they have to tell and teach us. I was looking around the living room tonight and while we were talking, every woman in the room had a smile on their face! Of course Mrs. Essie was grinning from ear to ear as well. Tonight as I go to bed, my heart is filled with joy and I am encouraged for another day.
Thanks to all the ladies of the church for helping me today. You had no idea how much I needed that!