Last evening I was speaking at a women's ministry event at Discovery Pointe Church in Peoria, Arizona. I'd been invited by my good friend Helen. I was asked to share on the topic of "How to be Content Despite Challenging Circumstances". Since I've had much experience with that ...I agreed.
About 60 women gathered around tables decorated with the summer theme. Pizza, salad and bite sized individual desserts were served. A hostess was assigned to each table as questions were posed for the group. This encouraged women to open up and share.
I love meeting new friends and seeing a few of my old (not age that is). I've known Helen and Anna May for years. And Heidi is the teacher I worked with for four years at my school. I was thrilled that she attended and even grabbed my camera to take a few photos.
I loved meeting Maria who is a fellow New Yorker. And then there was Roxanne who hosted our table. Susan, Marilyn and Debra were several other women who were so welcoming to me.
I shared my testimony. God is so good and so patient. How thankful I am that He never left me. He brought people into my life at just the right time. He gave me a dream that changed my life. The secret that enables me to be content no matter what the circumstances is my personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 41:10:
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
I mentioned the book I've been working on for the last few years. Many of the women were interested and wrote down their emails so I could notify them when I finally completed it. Oh boy, now I really need to get going!!!!!
One of the sweetest surprises I received (besides the hugs and kind words) was a plastic bag filled with notes from many of the women. I didn't get to open it until this morning.
Here are just a few of the notes:
"I really enjoyed your testimonial. I was not planning to come tonight but I am really glad I did. You have inspired me to start reading my Bible in the morning before my day begins and fill my cup."
"Your story was inspirational. It gives me strength and encouragement to tell my own testimony."
"Thank you for reminding me to spend time with Jesus."
"Thank you Debbie for showing us how faithful our Heavenly Father is."
When I got home, Greg asked me what the women got out of my talk. Well, after reading the notes I'm so glad that I was able to point them to the only One who can provide true contentment no matter what our circumstances. And His name is JESUS.
Blessings and love,