But you know what? We ALL need some calm in our hearts, don't we? I'm thinking a lot today after some much-needed time with God this morning... I am soooo not the only one in this world who struggles, stresses, slips, slides, and sobs. I remembered that so well this morning as I stood in the hallway at church - just outside the sanctuary near the bathroom - crying with my dear friend because we both feel so overwhelmed with life right now that we don't know where to turn. And I got to thinking... we've turned to just the right place(s). First and foremost - we are doing our very best to turn to God... we are in the right place to get right, if you know what I mean. Second of all, we are turning to one another. While she told me of her woes, tears just streamed down my face - as they are beginning to do again as I type - for my friend. My dear, dear friend who wants nothing more in this world than to serve and help anyone and everyone she possibly can. Unfortunately, in the midst of all of her West Texas hospitality, she forgets to help herself. I hurt for her right now because I just love her. And I want her to be happy - because she brings so much joy to those who know her that it's only fair that she be allowed some, too! And I got to thinking about her even more this afternoon as I (try to) read my book... it must know my friend, because it talks about her. And God knows her, too... for she is talked about in His Word. If you know her, you'll agree that Proverbs 31: 10-31 paint a perfect picture of my friend. I think that verses 29-31 fit her like a glove:
"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to
Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at
the city gate.
I love you, Jill-Jill!!