On Ladies’ Meetings and Shoeboxes


Our church holds ladies’ meetings. (yeah. Way to start off a post, right?)

A couple weeks ago, it was one such meeting. We normally hold it at someone’s house, but this time it was in our church’s fellowship hall.

It was a long hard day at work for me. I was dirty, sweaty, and tired; and I only had about an hour to get a shower and get cleaned up and put my feet up for a few minutes. To be honest, I didn’t want to go to the meeting. I was worn out.

I seriously considered staying home (after all, skipping ladies’ meeting isn’t a sin =) ).

Besides being tired and all, you have to know, being an introvert, I really need “me time”, time alone, and I had been around people all day!

But…after I got my shower, and cleaned up….I really felt like I should go. Even though I was worn out.

And I’m so glad I did!

I was encouraged. I was edified ( to use the Biblical term!). My strength was built up by the promises in the Bible, and refreshed by heart-to-heart with other ladies.

And the best thing?

That was the night our church introduced Operation Christmas Child (or OCC, part of Samaritan’s Purse) as something that our church is going to be participating in this year.

Quite a few years ago my Mom had done OCC with my older sister and me, for one year.

I remember how fun it was to do, and think that some child around the world is getting a present from you.

And I’m excited about it this year, too!

God has been giving me some wonderful giving opportunities this year, and it really is a blessing.

The thing is—I was worn out and stressed, and if I had used that excuse to stay home, I would have stayed worn out and stressed. But I went—and ended up feeling blessed.

Unfortunately, that’s how my relationship with God is a lot of times.

He encourages me to do something, and I don’t feel like doing it, so I delay and drag my feet and have a horrible attitude, and when I finally get around to doing whatever it is—it is joy and excitement!

I really am excited about the shoeboxes this year. Especially when I think about when the project started. The Ladies’ meeting.

It was like God was whispering, “this is for you to do, because you will find a blessing in doing it!”.

Maybe it was Him whispering that night. It’s amazing to see what happens when God starts working in your life.



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