I’m not even sure how to express what happened yesterday.
It’s something that literally took my breath away and really messed with me for quite awhile. Messed in a good way, that is.
First of all, it’s been a crazy week. Lots of extra planning, details and running around to add all the special elements to Thrive yesterday. A very full week! Very worth it, but lots of extra hours on top of an already full week.
Second of all, my car broke down. It’s a ’99 and so that’s kind of expected, but really bad timing.
Third of all, as much as its an exciting time of the year for my family and my church, it’s pretty stressful. I worry way to much. And, my anxiety really flared a ton this week. I worried about Christmas gifts for my family. I worried about if some Thrive families were going to be able to get gifts. I worried if people would show up to Thrive on Sunday. I worried about Thrive’s Christmas Offering and Year End giving. I worried if I could get our Thrive staff a Christmas gift.
I know it’s not healthy and it’s a sin, but gosh, it’s hard not to worry.
So, back to yesterday. During our first experience, I get a text from a Thriver that Tracie and I and Matt and Helena need to be at the green room between our experiences. I thought that was a little weird, but I went with it.
When I got there, they handed Tracie and I a box and we opened it and it was filled with little gift bags. In each bag was a different gift.
- New glasses for Tracie, Bekah and I!!! ARE YOU EVEN KIDDING ME??? Tracie hasn’t had new glasses since 2007 and me around 2008!
- There was a card with money to buy PKU food for Zach and Madie. UNREAL!!!
- There was a gift card to one of my favorite resturants, Cheesecake Factory
- And more!!! It literally almost knocked me off my feet! I mean, how do you respond to that kind of generosity?!?
Then, a family grabbed me in the hall and handed me a gift! They were so excited to see me open it. Inside was a Hootie and the Blowfish baseball jersey!!! Are you kidding???? How awesome!!! I love Hootie and I love baseball!!!!
If that wasn’t enough, I had asked a Thriver if I could borrow their van to take my family to a speaking engagement in WI in Jan and they said yes. I can’t even begin to explain how much stress and worry that takes off my shoulders!! Are you kidding me?????
Then, I get a text last night from one of the most amazing men I know saying that my car was fixed! He’s a guy who has blessed my family before and it’s humbling to think he used his precious spare time to fix our car! Wow!
ARE YOU EVEN KIDDING ME??????
How do you deal with stuff like this?
I love to give. I love to serve. I love to help others. Honestly, its hard to be on the receiving end. I am just so thankful.
I am ridiculously blessed and just blown away by my Church.
Yet another reason…