Now, originally, I thought thirty women was a stretch. I figured that we'd get twenty-eight or so, plan for thirty and be "good-to-go". This still sounded good on our deadline of last Wednesday when we had twenty-four people signed up. Since the organizers figured we could fill a few more seats we made one last announcement at church this Sunday and... oh boy!... added another twenty people to the list with a handful of "maybes" just hanging out there. oh.my.goodness!
My first reaction... complete and total panic.
My second response... pure awe at the power of the living God who has not only continued to give me patience and peace exactly when I have needed it but has provided friends from everywhere who want to help and have taken on huge things to make this night happen.
One of the most beautiful things about this coming gathering is that it isn't intended for just believers. This is an opportunity for woman of all kinds/backgrounds/etc. to join and just be women. Many of the women who are coming are friends of those who attend the church and some are unbelievers. What a blessing! I think that's the part that, I feel, puts even more pressure on us to make this evening spectacular but the reality is I'm way beyond my realm here. I'm outside my comfort zone and yet I am enjoying the ride because God has done nothing but show how He has it all under control. Down to the smallest excessive detail.
If you think to, please pray for the ladies who will be joining us that evening who don't know Him. Pray that their hearts will be open and that Christ's love will flow from those who do know Him so that all may see and be drawn to the One True God.
As a side-note: I miss sitting down and sharing with you. I miss hearing from you. I cannot wait for things to calm down so I can sit back and relax a little; do a little crafting and enjoy sharing the much simpler moments and things in my life like the homemade laundry detergent I will soon be needing. Oh goodie!