There have been so many wonderful happenings since my last blog, but the highlight of my week happened yesterday-01/13/12, and I would like to share this fabulous event with you.
My daughters and I host a monthly luncheon called Women Uplifting Women, and we had our January event yesterday (http://thewomenupliftingwomen.com/). We had a fabulous time of fellowship; we laughed, cried, and shared of ourselves. Our key note speaker, Dr. Sandra Brayham, delivered a powerful message that touched every single woman's heart. I was so blessed by her transparency and realness. She shared a little about her life, seasons in life, and forgiveness. Every woman, was touched in some way.
There was a joyful excitement that bonded our lives together as beautiful women. We share so much in common, but each facing different challenges in life. The beauty of gathering together, is that there is power in numbers. God's word says in Matthew 18:20, For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. This is an atmosphere where God can move and touch lives in powerful ways.
It is dangerous to isolate ourselves, as God has made us for each other, and these luncheons are designed to gather women once a month, to get us out of self set ruts and comfort zones. There are many places where we isolate ourselves. For some it is their home. For others it is their work place, and I must say, even churches. God did not create us to live within four walls, he created us to get out into the world among His people, where we can make a difference. Get out and live life among others, and not just those you are comfortable with. Allow your light to shine. Don't allow the enemy to stop you from living life to the fullest!
"Sometimes our blessing lies in another!" ~Mary Jean Marquez
We also had fun in the realness of our humanness. No one is perfect and it is refreshing to see women enjoy themselves without the pressure of feeling they have to put on a facade. I for one am very open and real. I like REALNESS! I enjoy life to the fullest and I enjoy sharing that joy that is my strength. It's okay to have FUN and let your Joy shine!
At the end of our awesome two hours together, I envisioned every woman going out into the city, their homes, work places...uplifted and encouraged to live life to the fullest; ready to be a blessing to their families, co-workers...Ready to forgive others and themselves for wrongs done...Ready to plan for the future, no matter what season of life they are in.
A wonderful peace and satisfaction came over me, knowing that I am doing what God needs for me to do in this season of my life. 1 Cor. 15:58 came to mind--Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].
I have to share that the young women that I am so thankful for, who are a big part of the Women Uplifting Women--my team, are my daughters, Vanessa, Jessica, Chrysta, and Jenna. Each one of them are talented, and also have hearts to serve and uplift people. They contribute so much of themselves to make our luncheons, and everything else that we do successful, and I appreciate and love them with all of my heart!
So, in conclusion, I want to make some points-no particular order:
#1) We are not an island unto ourselves. Don't isolate yourself as we need each other.
#2) There is no I in teamwork. We need others to succeed, and give credit where credit is due!
#3) Seek God and He will show you what you need to be doing to fulfill your destiny, and then step out in faith! Just do it!
#4) Allow yourself to be real and love who you are, always striving to better yourself in every area of life!
#5) Don't be so serious! Allow yourself to enjoy life! Have FUN with your loved ones, friends!!!
Thank you for taking your precious time to read this blog. I pray you were blessed by it!
Remember that Life is Fabulously Peachy Darling!! God bless you all!
Psalm 35: 27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity [safety, wellness, happiness, healthiness, peacefulness, wealth] of His servant."