I’m a party girl at heart, are you? In my opinion, there is honestly not much better in this world than time spent with friends- especially with my sister friends!
So you can imagine my JOYOUS heart this week as Stringing Pearls with Wendie celebrated our first Pure Joy 2014 dinner of the summer series!
Here are a few highlights:
Yep. We are a pretty fun crew! Our theme for the night was “The Happiest Hour Ever”! And our goal was to sort of re-create those Friday afternoon get-togethers we have in our own neighborhoods and towns. Maybe you know the kind of thing I’m talking about: people just hanging out after a long week, bringing food and drinks outside from whatever we have inside to work with, ordering pizza if needed, and just shooting the breeze with one another.
Our sweet friend, Carol, hosted the evening and we lit candles, hung paper lanterns, picked flowers from gardens to pop in makeshift vases, threw table cloths over folding tables, and borrowed a gazillion chairs to house and seat all the amazing women who came (and yes – we had a rather FULL house)!
And…well, we may have gotten a little silly with mustache, tiara, bow tie, lips, and glasses props! But I promise it was all in the name of JOY!
And we talked about God. And we liked it! (hee hee!)
Most specifically, we talked about getting a mindset of celebration going each day – you know: “Today is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad TODAY!” (Psalm 118:24).
I talked about how we can sometimes have a tendency to treat time like a commodity that we can bargain with, save up, spend as we wish, and ignore when we want to – but how scripture reminds us to be more mindful! And we came full circle back to our scripture this week because it speaks of a different kind of reality – a GODLY reality. A different sort of joyful way to experience each day.
To me, this is the heart and soul message of the book we are reading this month – Everyday a Friday by Joel Osteen. We aren’t designed or created by our father in heaven to wait for specific day here on Earth to rejoice and be glad. The psalmist echoes God’s wishes that we rejoice and enjoy everyday – in a Godly minded way. Not only vacation days, not just days in the past we recall with fondness, and not simply those days we imagine are still to come. NO! We are to celebrate today! Today IS the day! It’s a good day!
How do I know? Because God created it. And everything He creates is good. Yes, I know that sometimes bad things happen in a day, and even several heavy blows can be dealt in a single 24 hour period. But He has given you grace and mercy to survive them. Vision and strength to keep going. Patience to wait for the blessing.
Our job is to rejoice in Him today. And this past Tuesday evening, I was thrilled to be rejoicing in the name of Jesus with so many amazing women.
We aren’t here by accident. God placed us in each other’s paths to do life with and I am joyously glad about that!
Oh what a night! And what amazing women God has placed here on earth for me to celebrate!
And…Thank you to the far-out, wonderful crew of women who made Tuesday night possible. You know who you are and you know I love you to the moon and back, forever and always. We are a blessed bunch.
Have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday!
Peace, love, and JOY!
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