As hard as these weeks have been it wasn’t all bad.
There has been a big blessing right in the middle of all. It has helped me keep my sanity and gave me something good to look forward to.
This past summer I was introduced to Chrystal Evans Hurst at a Women’s Conference.
If you don’t know who she is you need to look her up, she is great!
I enjoy listening to a good teacher who loves God, if she is funny it’s even better.
I started following Chrystal when I saw an opportunity to fill out an application to work with her.
I thought “why not, it looks fun and I am sure there is a lot I can learn”.
Things were winding down with Grace’s paperwork and I was looking for something God would allow me to be a part of. I was invited to be a part of her team.
Between weeks 1 and 2 of the last month, I attended a small event Chrystal had close by.
It was a nice time to just get out of the house and lift my spirit in these weeks.
I got to meet Chrystal in person for the first time that night.
I walked up to say “Hi” when she looked over at me and said: “Hi, Crystal Russell” (with a big smile).
This made my night and week!
I didn’t know that she would know who I was. She will never know how special that made me feel.
This last weekend we had a team retreat where everyone got to meet in person, we had some time to get to know one another and brainstorm on some work a little.
After weeks of doctor’s appointments and diagnosis that just seemed to knock down my spirit, this retreat was a breath of fresh air.
More than just a nice break from my life I got to see something I’ve never seen before.
As we were talking and questions asked you would see who would chime in and have something to contribute.
There were even times I’d add to the conversation. I can often be quiet and just think in times like this but when something stirred a passion I have I’d speak up.
I left this time amazed at what came out of me while I was there.
I’ve been a stay at home mom for the last 12 yrs and it’s hard to see myself doing much more than making PB&J.
I was amazed to see the gifts and passions God has placed in me come out so much! I am so excited to be a part of this team and getting to learn how to use all that is in me a little better.
All this has been such a blessing in the middle of this storm.
I have Made you, I will Carry you; I will Sustain you – Isaiah 46:4b
Father thank you that even in the storms you don’t leave me. Thank you for the blessings in the middle of the storms, for little reminders that you are right here with me. You have made us for community first with you than with each other. Thank you for the Sisters in Christ that you have brought into my life. These are often a blessing to me without even knowing it. I pray that I would be a blessing to them as well.
In Jesus name, I pray, Amen