The Remains of the Day

Another Sunday morning at C3.

It was almost a Sunday morning at C3…without me.

For some reason, I fought a migraine all night long…when I dozed-off I even dreamed I had a headache!  When I finally took some medicine, and received a little relief, I fell straight to sleep…only problem:

The alarm went off 30 minutes later!!

“Are you going to stay home?” Byron asked…

…the thought of the lights, and drums (artfully played, of course, but still…) not sounding very appealing.

Still, something made me rise and get ready.

I just kept thinking about the women I had conversed with over the past few weeks – each one with a story.  God just kept bringing them to mind.  One battling cancer.  Another picking up the pieces after the loss of her marriage and their ministry together.  Still others, just navigating the challenges of daily life…

And I knew that I needed to be with my church family.

Not so much because they need me…to sing…or whatever, but because I need to be there for them, and for every woman that crosses my path.

Even for those women who weren’t at C3 this morning.

Maybe especially for them…

Because when I am strengthened, encouraged, reminded that every woman – every person – has a story, I am more ready to do whatever it is I am called to do for them:

to stand in the gap for each of these women who is fighting a battle…or just living life!

And God gave me mercy to not just tolerate my pounding head and messed up sinuses, but to be refreshed and empowered for the week ahead.

Soon, I’ll be heading off to Community Group where I’ll be both encouraged…and reminded yet again.

Just know that there’s one person standing next to you this week…

…maybe head-in-hand, but still standing next to you!

12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. –  Philippians 3:12-16 (The Message)

Peace and courage to you all!