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People are my greatest blessing in life...

Yesterday was a great day at district council in Orlando...although we did sit through some business meetings that were very tiring -- other things definitely took center stage for me.

The women's luncheon took place and Marsha did a fantastic job as usual in leading the event, and our speaker was Pastor Dawn Raley who really brought the house down.  She brought not just a stirring message, but a life changing message.  I was not just was MUCH more than that for me!  The takeaway for me was very deep, so much so I can't even blog it right now quite honestly. I am still processing.

At the luncheon I was approached by a pastor's wife that I am friends with -- her name is  Cindy Lawless  and she's from New Smyrna Beach.  She said that she just wanted to let me know how much I've blessed her life.  She went on with a few other very kind words and then said..."and...I brought you a gift...!!!"  She pulled out the cutest gift bag.  What a delightful surprise!!!  I never expected anything like that, for sure.  She said she found these , and they reminded her of me.

They are leopard paper clips!  Seriously.  I have never seen anything like them...HOW COOL ARE THESE?!  I was so touched by her thoughtfulness. She also told me she reads my blog every single day.  I never even knew that!  (Bloggers, take note -- even though you check your stats, you really never have any idea how many lives you are touching.)  Thanks are making a difference too, right where you are, and well beyond to the many lives you touch.

The best part of yesterday aside from enjoying some very moving worship and prayer time was sitting at the table in between meetings with friends, having meals, coffee, or whatever...just sharing our  hearts. To be honest with you, I get blessed at these events just standing in line at Starbucks next to other ministers, making small talk.  This is THE greatest takeaway for me, by far...and pretty much keeps me going the next few months.  I feel the gas coming back into my car...slowly but surely...

I am grateful.  Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me...


Anonymous said…
You are such a blessing to me in more ways than I can ever express. By the way Dawn Raley and her husband Jim were my youth pastors when I was growing up.You are blessed to hear her preach.I love you so very much.
Anonymous said…
The anonymous person was me. I tried to fix it but my comment had already posted. Love you. Susan.

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