Small Group Party

On Monday night, ten ladies from our small group put together a sweet dinner for my mom and I – a sweet time of prayer, encouragement and fellowship. The ladies made one of my favorite meals: fetticini alfredo. We ate dinner, visited, had a sweet devotional on Isaiah 9:6, opened gifts and then they prayed for my mom and I.

I wanted to share two (of the many) things that really blessed my socks off. The devotional that our friend Barb shared was on Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Two of the Christmas cards that I designed this year had this verse on it – that I handpicked. I read a lot of Scripture about Jesus’ birth, but I just loved all the names that Jesus is. I think it is so reassuring – especially in a time of trial like this. It gives me such peace to know He is more than able.

The other thing that really blessed me and caught me completely off guard was – everyone brought a gift for me. It was so sweet and thoughtful – and not for a minute do I think that I deserve such thoughtfulness and generosity. Anyway, our other friend Barb brought a bag full of goodies for the road trip/hospital stay. As I pulled out a slender white box – I knew instantly it was a box of See’s Candies. Immediately, I had to choke back the tears. It may seem so silly, but the backstory is……this is the first surgery that I don’t have any grandparents. They have all passed away. My Grandpa & Grandma Smithlin loved See’s Candies and for every surgery they would send at least one box to me in the hospital. Since finding out about my heart surgery, I have really missed my grandparents. Grandparents have such a tenderness when it comes to things like this. That box of See’s Candies – it may seem so silly to some – was a huge blessing to me….God knew I needed that little reminder. He is so in the details.

Thank you, Karen – who opened her heart and home (to Yogi, too) for a sweet time. I was truly blessed and will go off to surgery with reading material, snacks, and warm feet! I sure do love you ladies!

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