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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!
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  • no profile photo CD11945874
    Like you, there are so many things to be grateful for .... every day! ... Enjoy those birds singing and the wonderful outdoors!
    1223 days ago
    I will be praying for Jackie & that God meets her needs.
    1226 days ago
    How amazing your prayer group is. I hope that Jackie and her family get the housing that they need.
    1227 days ago
    How lovely that she came to the group and you have someone who started a foundation that can likely help her get connected to resources. I truly hope that works out for her and her kids and they can stay in the same schools. How beautiful that she remains grateful in the face of adversity. Health is so precious and I am always amazed at what some people manage while struggling with their own serious health issues. I am so glad she could come and share her story and feel supported. Please keep us posted.
    1228 days ago
    Thank you dear Kathy for sharing this. It makes us realize that no matter how bad we think we have it there is always someone else out there that has it so much worse...so we absolutely have to be thankful for our many blessings!

    I realized this when our dear baby Josh was in the hospital after a horrific car crash we were in together. Our little baby was so small in that big hospital bed all hooked up to tubes and with his baby leg in traction. We would go to work (had to keep the insurance in good standing) drive an hour to Miami to be with him from about 6 until 9 p.m. then drive back home flop into bed and get up the next morning sleep deprived and start the whole vicious cycle once again.

    He was in intensive care for six long weeks then in the general ward for another 10 weeks. I always thought it was just too much to take until I saw a beautiful young little girl about 1 or 2 with the most beautiful face and eyes you could imagine. She looked like one of those beautiful little girls they used to advertise...was it the Dove babies? I can't remember...but she had the most beautiful blond ringlets of hair framing that beautiful little doll face. It was so very sad!

    She had gotten her head caught in her grandmother's recliner and was brain dead. She had no chance of ever getting well again...she basically had no life whatsoever. That is when I realized that I had MANY MANY blessings to count.

    I'm glad you are supporting this dear mother. I pray she will find good housing and be able to continue to support her children. Does her young daughter ever come to the group anymore?

    I will put her on my prayer list! emoticon
    1228 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I can relate to both sides. God is blessing you all in that group.
    1228 days ago
    Wow. Prayers for your fellow bible member.
    1229 days ago
    What a amazing women your bible study gal is, she has so little but is so grateful for so much. I think we all could take a lesson from her, and think of how we can help those that have less than what we have. I may not have much but I still could share.
    1229 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Jackie sounds like a wonderful person. Grateful for so much, and still not knowing what the future holds for housing for her and the children. Makes one stop to really give thanks for what we have, and how comforting we should feel for having our homes and the wonderful family and friends to share life with. Prayers for Jackie and her family that she and her family get housing that is within the school system her children are enrolled in now.
    1229 days ago
  • no profile photo CD22562937
    Thanks for sharing your story. In today's world, being grateful is often mistaken for wants. Gratitude is an important lesson to learn and practice. Have a healthy day!!!
    1229 days ago
    Happy Spring
    1229 days ago
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