They color life in a wonderful way! (Or not, depending on whether you keep toxic ones or not. That's another blog for another day.) Next to our relationship with Jesus, they are what gives life meaning.
We're at District Council this week and what I enjoy MOST about it is catching up on the wonderful friendships we have with other ministers.
We enjoyed our Mother's Day celebrations at the church and a family lunch yesterday and then Larry and I had to take off for Orlando. We both have departmental (leadership) meetings all day beginning first thing this morning. I really didn't want to get up at the crack of dawn and come over to Orlando this morning. It was such a busy weekend with the ladies/girls tea at the church and then I pretty much left what seemed like every last bit of energy I had on the platform yesterday morning preaching. Although I wasn't looking forward to leaving the kids and the dogs yesterday after lunch I thought it was best that we come to Orlando last night since our leadership/committee meetings start early today.
It was so nice being here already this morning and best of all a few days ago we also convinced our friends Pastors Peter & Tammy Young to book a room for last night and come on over early to spend time with us. (Tammy is in the same meeting I am.) We were able to have dinner together last night. I have sooooooo been longing for this. I haven't seen Tammy since we went to the Cayman Islands a few months ago on our missions trip, although we have talked by phone and email but there's nothing like an in person catch up and we'll be doing plenty of that the next few days in between meetings. (That's her and I above, by the way -- on the district Hope Tour Caymans where we were both speaking. We're about to go on another 4-stop tour and what fun we shall have!)
People in the church always ask, "are you rested up and refreshed?" when we come home from council. Well, physically...no. It's nothing but non-stop meetings with you go to council, and I usually come home exhausted from running from meeting to meeting, luncheon to dinner, etc. But I do definitely come home refreshed in my spirit after having caught up with so many friends, shared our hearts and experienced the refreshing from the Lord in the services. When I come back home I generally can't wait to catch up on sleep however I am real happy while I'm doing that. I go to sleep with a contented heart remembering the funny stories shared, the shop talk, the encouragement, and so much more. We develop such great memories with friends and hear from God, and what could be better? Here's to a few days of council...I have a feelin' in my spirit it's gonna be a great one!