Traveling to Dallas for a long weekend is a refreshing time for my soul drought. Your messages tell me that last week's post has resonated with you because we all struggle with it at times. Looking in the mirror makes me sad: a little dried up twig of a woman in desperate need of His grace, love, and encouragement. "God, how can I write anything that will help others when I'm in such a mess of emotion, when arrows fly around and ping my flesh and heart, and especially when I feel defeated and want to give up?" Oh my goodness, did all of you think I had it all together? Did I mislead you to think I'm some spiritual giant not affected by all that goes on around me? I Am Affected. But thanks to our faithful God, times of refreshing do come. I learned that he sends what I need, when I need it, and through whom he chooses.
On Saturday I met with another high school friend at the home of our former homeroom teacher. Weldon Wells is a gentleman that lies near the top of my most precious treasures. He and his wife Julie are a joy, and sitting around the table sharing a meal is mixed with fond memories of the past and thankfulness for the ones continuing to be made. Laughing! You cannot be around Weldon without experiencing the sheer fun of laughing. He missed his calling. I learned that true love and mutual respect endures all the bumps in the road and continues to last a very long time. Then those of us who have the privilege of their friendship are blessed with the overflow. I learned that short visits with old friends (not in age necessarily) are the spark that brings light into their soul, and the warmth of love into their hearts. How could we not show honor to those who so deserve it?
One of my home-away-from-homes is in North Dallas where Peaches has brought me into the fold, so to speak. Sasha, the sweet lady cat of the house, no longer waits for her mom to get home and feed her. Aunt Betty will do just fine in a pinch and Sasha meows until I get her food and treats. Cat lovers will verify she has granted me an awesome reward by extending her friendship scepter. Peaches is a hostess/friend that all should have. She made me my personal key to the house so I wouldn't need to wait for her. "Come and go as you need." My bedroom is upstairs and awaits me with beauty, and a peaceful night's sleep on divine linens. She leaves me notes in the frig directing me to "eat this" until she arrives home. We share snacks, food, meals out, but mostly caring conversation. I learned I can trust her!
The list has grown even today, so I'll share more by Friday. Open your eyes to see all the amazing insights God incorporates into our learning experience.
~Til Friday. Blessings.