After what feels like a long break from our usual routine, it was great to see everyone again at our meeting today!
A big thank you to all of you who donated items for our Tickets for Treasure event and/or gave of your time to help make it all come together. It was a huge success. We not only raised more than last year but exceeded this year’s fundraising goal by enough to add another childcare worker next year. It is a blessing to have our fundraising needs taken care of for another year.
Sandy led us in a wonderful devotional based on a blog post found on Momastery.com about what it means to be brave. According to the blogger, brave is not always saying “yes” to something. Instead, “no” is often as brave of an answer as “yes”, even (or especially) when it disappoints other people or in the face of peer pressure. Listening to yourself and trusting yourself to make the right decisions for you is brave too. Caution is often a sign of courage. We should learn–and teach our children–to please our own internal voice before pleasing others. Brave people answer to one voice from within.
To read the full original blog post click here: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/09/24/this-is-what-brave-means/
Sandy took it a step further and referenced the verse Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” She encouraged us to be still and let God be the voice inside of us that we are listening to. She finished by giving us all a copy of this prayer:
“O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Following our devotional we made a fun Valentine themed craft.
Stay tuned for more on the courage to be passionate at our next meeting on February 20th.