Thursday, March 22, 2018
On Wednesday evenings I attend a Women's Bible Study, I've been a part of this group for about 3 years now. We sit in small groups of 6 - 8 women and for the last several studies I've been with the same group of wonderful women and have become quite good friends.
Our current study is called "Your Beautiful Purpose" written by Susie Larson, who just happens to live in the Twin Cities - not far from where my oldest daughter lives. So when we watch her video's we are all familiar with where she is filming around the cities which makes it even more engaging.
One of the questions we had to answer in our small group was 'What are you humbly grateful for' and I found there were so many things I have to be grateful for - one very important one was this lovely group of women I have come to really enjoy spending time with. It might be of interest to note that, especially in the winter, it really takes a lot for me to go out after dinner. Evenings are my time to catch up on the things I didn't get done during the day, relax with some TV and knitting, or just spend my night reading. Yet I so look forward to my Wednesday's.
This session we have added a new member to our group. Up until this session, all of us were moms to adult children and most of us were grandmothers. Jackie is a mom but her children have yet to leave the nest - scattered in age from preschool to high school, with one adult daughter. Jackie has so many health problems that I can't even imagine taking care of one - let alone 4 children still at home. She is unable to work but she does receive assistance which helps her pay for food, clothing and housing. Truthfully, I am amazed by her. I know what it's like to be a single mother of several children and I was lucky enough to be healthy.
Last night after sharing with us all the things she was grateful for, and there were many, she then shared that during the week she learned she would have to leave the lovely home she had been living in for the last two years. Being that it is assisted housing, she is concerned about being able to find appropriate housing for her and her children without having to live in a less-than desired area. Two of her children are settled in their schools with several friends so it's also important to her for them to not be taken from their friends. She then shared that in addition to the health issues we already knew about, she was recently diagnosed with yet another problem.
And yet she was grateful. She was smiling. She was supportive of all of us as we were trying to support her. Unfortunately, I am not very well versed in what is available as far as assistance goes, but luckily one of our members has started a foundation with her husband and their purpose is to help people who are unable to get help from the system. She is connected to so many agencies and thankfully Jackie reached out to her first.
I have been thinking about ways in which I can begin to give back to my community and I believe I may have found my direction.... at least I am getting close. Today I reached out to Jackie just to tell her what an inspiration she is to me. I have also realized just how much I have to be grateful for!
Have a wonderful day today wherever you are. Spring is here, even if it doesn't really look like it at my house. I know it will soon!