I visited with a group of ladies recently . . . you would have loved them. I did.
You see, I was scheduled to speak for their monthly luncheon. But they taught me more than I could ever imagine sharing with them!
As I sat down at one of the tables, the laughter and chatter filled the room. Looking around (and eavesdropping a bit), I could tell each one had experienced a lifetime of day-to-day ups and downs just like you and me—health troubles, inconvenient repairs, crazy schedules, raising children, heartbreaks and more.
Yet, they survived it all! There they were with a quick smile, a twinkle in their eyes, and a story to tell. Who could pass up an opportunity to learn from women who have experienced so much life? Before I left, I invited the ladies to each share a simple nugget of wisdom for you.
Some jotted down a note or two. So, enjoy a few words of advice from some wise women who have walked the path ahead of you.
“Never worry too long. Remember, today is the day you worried about yesterday!” –JoAnn
Truth! It’s all a matter of perspective. Some worries and fears don’t seem so urgent with a little time.
“Keep a good sense of humor in all you do. It’s the only way to cope with all the curve balls life throws your way.” –Karen
That reminds me . . . one sassy lady came bustling in to the lunch at the last minute. “I’m so sorry I’m late,” she exhaled. “Me and the plumber were both in the bathroom this morning.” She made me giggle a little . That unexpected home repair issue couldn’t rob her joy . . . or keep her from making her lunch date.
“Just smile. A simple ‘no’ will do.” –Susie B
Let that one sink in for a moment. It hit me in a lot of different ways and I’ll let you interpret what that means for you.
I love what one lady wrote even though she didn’t leave her name, “Listen. You can hear wonderful things.”
If you want to know how you can make a difference in the world, Pat and Loretta had some suggestions:
“Live this day; striving to let God’s love shine through to those around you.” –Pat
“Put God first. Be grateful for every day. Be obedient to God.” –Loretta
And, finally, Georgia shared a word of encouragement from Scripture that is the perfect thought to leave with you . . .
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Whatever you are going through today, you are not alone. Someone has been there and made it through. More importantly, The One is there with you now.