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Better Than Jewels

I had the privilege this weekend of doing a retreat for an amazing group of ladies who truly blessed me with their commitment and passion for God, but none more than Joanne. As the women’s ministry director, she was pretty much responsible for the weekend. So bright an early on Friday a couple of ladies from the planning team met at her house, and they loaded up her truck to head for camp. Getting there early to decorate and set out treats was only a portion of the things they had planned to give the women a memorable weekend.

While they were loading, Joanne decided to let her little dogs out to run around for a little fun time. That worked well for all except Max, the recalcitrant terrier-mix who decided on his own that the fun time wasn’t over. That sent Joanne to the end of her cul-de-sac into the neighbor’s yard with a jar full of treats, trying to persuade Max to come home before they drove away. On the midst of her efforts, she lost her footing, shattering both the glass jar of dog treats and her ankle!

When I arrived at camp at 5:00 that evening, I was met by a bright-eyed, smiling woman with a contagious laugh who was engaging everyone around her while sitting in a wheelchair! There was no pity-me in her voice, even as she informed the group of her misfortune. In the first quiet moment we had, I expressed how much I admired her. Working in church I hear my share of reasons why women can’t make it to retreat- everything from, “I don’t know anybody there,” to “I have company coming that month!” And here sat a lady who had spent the morning in getting x-rays, and now had to spend the weekend in a wheelchair with her boot-clad foot boot propped up in front of her!

“You’re my hero,” I informed her. “I’m not convinced I would have come if our places were reversed. But I am convinced the if I did show up, there would have been no end to my complaints because I have a black belt in whining!”  

All weekend long, Joanne limped or wheeled around ministering to women and not one time did any of us here her grumble. I’ve decided, “I want to like Joanne when I grow up! You go, Girl!”


October 06, 2010 @08:38 pm

As a recovering control-freak,I really appreciate this quote!

October 06, 2010 @08:26 pm

Linda, This is something I read that really gave me strength when my faith was was under attack..."As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit." -Emmanuel Teney

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