On a sunny summer Sunday morning Lilly had to poop and it changed my life forever. She did her special song and dance at the door while I got her leash. We had lived in the apartment for just a few weeks and Lilly was thrilled to get to go on walks several times a day. I missed my fenced back yard.
We made it about six steps out the door before she stopped to sniff. As I waited, my upstairs neighbor came down and introduced himself. Lilly continued to show intense interest in a certain patch of grass. With Bible in hand, my neighbor chatted as he waited for his wife. It turned out that he was on his way to a church we’d once attended. We loved the teaching and music but there were a LOT of people and I was always overwhelmed. We’d left for a smaller church but hadn’t been there for nearly a year. We still had faith and a deep belief in God but not the habit of time in corporate worship. As Lilly did her business, I met the neighbor’s wife and they invited us to attend their weekly meet up on the lawn just a few yards away.
That Wednesday night there was a knock at the door. It was the neighbor inviting us again to the gathering. Ten minutes later we were sitting on a blanket under trees singing familiar songs with ten others. Our Wednesday nights haven’t been the same since!
Though we’d moved into the apartment to downsize, we ended up moving out at the end of the summer and our new home was even larger than the last. The extra square footage came the big indoor space that was perfect for our weekly meet ups. On the first rainy day in fall, the group brought their lawn chairs and blankets and we met in our new home. Nearly every Wednesday since, we’ve gathered with this special group of people.
The goal of our community group is to learn, love and live on the mission of Jesus. As we do life together, I’ve developed special friendships. Before, I didn’t realize that my friend group was limited to people I’d gone to school with, worked with or had kids the same age as mine. My church community group was made up of people with a wide range of backgrounds, ages and life stages. The people in this group have shown me how to live more abundantly.
From hanging out at the lake to decluttering, these relationships rock!
When, eight days ago, my doctor suggested that it’s my responsibility to feel better or not by eating more and moving less, I asked for help from my friends. Tonight, I knew they’d be asking for an update. I was ready with a summary of my success indicators but instead, they asked when we’d get together for fun!
Success Indicator Updates:
Body Mass Index: My weight is up again today. Ugh!
Blood Pressure: My blood pressure is down today. Hooray!
Healthy Fuel: Blueberries, tomato with basil, and chicken were among my healthy choices today.
Not so Healthy Fuel: As I made bacon wrapped dates for an upcoming event, I tested the dates. Later, I enjoyed bacon.
Quiet Time: I was waiting for a delivery today and didn’t get into the zone of rest and quiet as I waited.
Nature Parks Explored: No nature park today.
Spinach Salads: Instead of salad today, I put the spinach in a. crockpot with white beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, and a little bit of crumbled sausage.
Beverage High in Antioxidants: My husband made coffee this morning. If tea is high in antioxidants and you can see through it, does see through coffee also have antioxidants?
Walking with My Grand Dog: No time with dogs today.
Sand Castles with Cute Kids: No time with kids today.
I love watching others open presents.