Monday, March 2, 2009

The First Sunday of the Month

Yesterday was the first Sunday of the month. In my church, we use this day as a time of fasting and give the money we would use for food to those in need. It is also an opportunity for each of us to stand up and bear testimony of the things in our lives that have shown us the love of our Father in Heaven and His influence in our lives. It is a wonderful experience and one that always fortifies me. I hear that others struggle and are blessed the same as myself, and it gives me the strength I need to continue.

I haven't been to church for a couple of months because of my leg--sitting is a physical struggle for me. And while it was difficult the final half hour for me, I was so glad that I went. Three friends of mine, women whom I admire and who inspire me each stood yesterday. Tara, Kristeen and Rachel are women that I hope to be more like. That are my role models, and their hearts and spirits are beautiful.

As I listened to them yesterday I felt my eyes fill and my heart burn with the promise that what they were sharing was true. It buoyed me up and was a tonic to my spirit, and I feel energized today because of these wonderful women. (Links to their blogs are here as well!)

Each of them also had one of their children stand yesterday as well, which tells me what kind of mothers they are that their children felt strongly enough to share their feelings. It was a terrific day.

That evening we spent with Tara and her family celebrating her birthday. It was fun. And for those of you who don't know, Tara is a peanut butter and chocolate addict. (She claims she would eat a cockroach if dipped in the stuff!) I confess, I had enough peanut butter and chocolate to last me a couple of weeks! It was a blast. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TARA!


Rach said...

Maureen, thank you for that sweet post, it brought tears to my eyes. It was so good to see you yesterday. I wish I could have talked to you more before I had to rush off to teach primary. I have never met a kinder, gentler, more loving person than you. Plus, you write great stories and have a wonderful sense of humor! Speaking of role models, you are mine!

Tara said...

Thanks Reeny!! We all ADORE you, too! My kids can't wait to give you hugs when they see you!

Nicole was sad 'cause she wanted to play Mad Libs (the Nancy Drew one you gave her) with you when you were here and we completely forgot!! Next time! She's had that book glued to her hand the past week for some reason!

Hope you're feeling well!