I know this is a day late, but we were out late last night, so this has been the first time I’ve been able to sit down and write.
Last Sunday, in small group, we were issued a challenge to walk around a mall and get to know people by asking them three questions, each a little more personal than the last. There weren’t specific questions, but basically just try to get to know people. Going into the challenge, I wasn’t really that excited about it, but I realized that I truly enjoy getting to know new people, and people are generally friendly and desire connection. The challenge then was to find six people this past week to get to know. I thought this would be hard, since I work from home and I’m fairly isolated, but God really provided some opportunities – some I took and others I missed entirely. It’s been a good exercise and a reminder that I need to be more aware of my surrounding and also that I really love being around people.
The rest of the week went pretty smoothly. I made little king cakes on Tuesday for Mardi Gras. I celebrate because I grew up in New Orleans, and even though it’s not my favorite treat, it is definitely a source of nostalgia for me.
Saturday was by far our busiest day. Saturday morning, I went to the local SPCA for volunteer orientation. I mentioned in my 2015 goals that one of the things I wanted to do was get involved with the SPCA. In order to volunteer at this particular organization, I will have to go through an orientation (check), an interview, and then take particular classes (even if I have an extensive background in animal handling). I’m excited to get started because I know they have a behaviorist volunteer position that I think I would really enjoy. They let us take pictures on the adoption floor, and a few of those pups knew how to work the camera (taken with my phone).
Saturday afternoon, one of our neighbors hosted a get together at his house. This is the second one of these that he’s done, and we always enjoy visiting and getting to know people on the other side of our neighborhood. We have quite a diverse group of people, so we always seem to meet someone new each time.
Saturday evening, we attended a dessert reception and benefit for an organization called Mission Alive. We have been going to these benefits for at least the last couple of years (this one was our third or fourth). The speaker was Dr. Kent Brantley, and you may not know that name, but he was the doctor who got Ebola and was transferred to the United States to Atlanta. He talked about his faith path that led him to that experience and continues to lead him, how he is a Christian first and then became a doctor so that he could have a skill that would allow him to be the hands and feet of Jesus. It was a really convicting speech for me, and it was really a privilege to see God working in his life.
So, by the end of Saturday night, we couldn’t do much more than just fall into bed when we got home. That’s why this post is a little late. I hope everyone had a great week, and I look forward to checking in again next week. I can’t believe it will be the end of the month, and I will let you know what the plan will be for March!