Today I'm thankful for my old bible study group. My friend Christy started this group a last January, and there were 6 of us that meet twice a month to study together and share life together. The group started at a time in all our lives where we needed fellowship, encouragement, accountability...and that's exactly what we experienced, week after week. In the last year and a half, babies have been born, marriages strengthened, bonds forged, and for those things I'm so grateful.
Life has changed a bit and we're currently not meeting, but I think of these friends often and am thankful for things like Facebook and blogging to keep us connected with what's going on in our daily lives. I miss this group so much, but I know in many ways, good ways, we're not the group we were last January. I know that the Lord puts people and experiences in our lives at certain points for a reason, and the evenings I spent with these ladies is a testament to that fact. We may have all found different venues to fill the needs for fellowship that we had when the group began, or maybe we're all just too busy to add one more thing to the calendar, but I know we'll never be too busy to maintain our friendships in some way or another, we may not get the awesome weekly girl-time anymore, but I'll take the occasional play date or phone call anytime!
Each of these women have inspired me in different ways. Tiffany juggles an amazing amount of "life" each day and she truly, TRULY, enjoys and lives each moment to the fullest. I love hearing about all her adventures- she makes me want to go out there and do something, anything! Anne is never afraid to ask the hard questions and is one of the most humble people I know. Stephanie is never afraid to be honest, even when her opinion or experience is totally different from others. Nicole is full of joy, and I relate to her in many ways as a mother. Christy is always making something and one of these days I will get my sewing machine out and follow! =) She's also a great facilitator and led our group well.
I'm so thankful for this time in my life- these women have blessed me greatly and I can't imagine my walk without their input along the way!