Mom, the dogs and I took a walk on the road today. We donned our "grips" and trod over the ice and through the mud. As we neared my house Mom and I tried to decide what the temperature was outside. We settled on "almost 40". It's amazing what Spring Fever does to our minds - when we got home we saw that it was 33, just one degree above freezing. There is something about this time of year that lightens our mood and makes us ever so positive!
Something I have been praying about lately; getting together with ladies more often. I have had such a blessing spending time with Mom and our friend, Evelyn, in past months. The more time we spend together, the more that I realize that we draw encouragement from our times with other women. If the Lord wills, tomorrow we'll have lunch at Mom's and we've invited quite a few ladies to come up and share it with us. Three of them have lost their husbands within the last two years. They need the fellowship of one another in a way that many of us just don't understand, but we all need the encouragement of people who think like we do. There is no one on this earth who I'd rather spend time with than my husband. Some of these ladies do not have that privilege anymore. Spending time with them, especially older women, opens up my eyes to their needs and God uses them to teach me more about Him.
I don't know about you, but I tend to be somewhat of an introvert. I am forced to get out among people because of my many post office jobs, for which I am very thankful. The Lord knows just how to get me to interact with many people in that way. On those days that I have "free time" though, I often spend it doing my duties at home (which are really a joy and certainly need to be done) but much of my time is wasted on needless things too when I could be being used to help someone out, take someone to an appointment or just visiting a lady who needs some special attention or care. All of these things take plenty of prayer and waiting on the Lord to open doors and lead through them. This blog, in itself, has been an answer to prayer. I prayed for many months about an opening to share blessings that God brings through His Word. I had hoped that perhaps it might open an opportunity for ladies' Bible study or some sort of email or internet-type network for women of God to share their blessings too. In many ways it has! My blog reading list is growing and I do enjoy reading day-to-day things that are happening in the lives of our church families as well as others who I have come to know. Interspersed are many blessings and prayer requests, sent out through cyberspace. What I love about writing in this way is that you truly never know who is reading and who God may lead to read the precious words of our Lord which are contained in the posts. I love reading special passages that the Lord has opened up to other individuals also. "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38)
Oh, how much I have to learn! I am so glad that the Lord has given such dear lady-friends and that our "iron sharpeneth iron". I pray that we all keep looking for opportunities to encourage one another in the Lord while we sojourn through this life.