Community Bible Study (really a chance to see Nancy).
I'm not so big on making long term commitments. I rock at short term commitments. But weekly, regular, every day things aren't exactly a strong suit of mine. But one thing that is a strong suit of mine is surrounding myself with women who I would love to be more like. I have been crazy blessed by the women that have let me be a part of their lives. And this one below, Nancy Monarch is one of those. I first met her when I first started working at Houston's First Baptist Church many years ago. And she took me right in. I could go on and on about her, but I'll share my favorite thing about her: She has this gift of making everyone feel like they are the most special person to her, you will feel like family after meeting her. OK, one more thing, she has this beautiful ability to make a room gut laugh and still challenge them to love and live for Jesus more.
So when she told me about Community Bible Study, it didn't take any convincing to check it out because it would mean seeing her on a weekly basis. And I was willing to sacrifice my fear of weekly commitments for her.
And I've been so blessed by this study. The girls are being so loved on in their classes. And Karis is learning so much and having a blast with the crafts and stories. And I am loving being a part of a group where I have no responsibility. I get to just sit and soak it up. And that has been so sweet. And I got placed in Nancy's small group!
I know I already shared that I'm trying to get in the picture more on day 2, but since this is something I really and truly am horrible about, I felt like it deserved another shout out. I'm doing a really great job of taking pics with me in them and passing off my camera for others to grab a pic.
And I've also started offering to take pics for other moms to encourage them to get in the pic. This has been fun to watch them respond awkwardly, "Ummm... no it's OK." Then I tell them, "No your kiddos want pics of you too! I really don't mind." I know the reluctance they feel. And I totally get the smile aftewards as they say thank you for doing it. They want to be in the pic.
We may wish we had on a cuter outfit, fixed our hair, had make up on or been 30lbs lighter. But in 25 years we would regret that that kept us from being captured in our memories.