Fun Women for Dinner

There are some fun women I’ve known for years. Every few months we get together for lunch or dinner, often in one of our homes.  Yesterday it was my turn.

My husband had a meeting so I’d have the house to myself.  The girls were to arrive at 6:30 for a dinner of turkey chili and for my vegan friends, a hearty mushroom soup.

It was 5:50 PM when I picked up the large pot of chili and tripped!  Chili splashed 20 feet across the room splattering our light-colored carpet, the upholstered furniture and even high up on three walls.  Unbelievable!

My husband was still home and suggested we call someone to steam clean it all– tomorrow.  Tomorrow?  The tomatoes and chili powder were beginning to stain the carpet now!

I immediately grabbed two buckets–one for dumping what I could scrape up from the carpet and sofa. The other I filled with water and a little ammonia.  Two friends arrived early and immediately began helping.  Incredibly, by 6:30 most of the room was somewhat presentable.  I quickly added some cans of chili beans to what was left. Fortunately there was plenty of mushroom soup.

What I noticed about myself was my calmness.  I kept thinking, “It’s just carpet. It’s just furniture.  We can always repaint the walls. It could be worse. I’m not injured.” Incredibly, I was able to smile and laugh and thank God.  I had peace the entire evening.

One gal has a husband who is gravely ill.  Although this group does not usually pray before we eat,  I went ahead and prayed, thanking God for our meal and for our friendship. I also prayed for our friend’s husband and for her strength in caring for him.  She was appreciative.

When everyone left I went back to cleaning. Where were the stains?  There were none!  This morning we discovered more beans on the carpet and two sofa pillows with large splotches of dried chili.  I spot-cleaned them and this evening they had dried without a stain! How extraordinary! Thank You Lord!

Why did this happen?  Was this a test? Did I pass? I do know God filled me with a supernatural kind of peace and joy.  If it was a test, then I think I passed–because God helped me.

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

 

 

 

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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3 Responses to Fun Women for Dinner

  1. Liana says:

    So glad you shared this :-). Just been listening to “Please Hug Them” again. It’s beautiful. Kathleen you are truly gifted and blessed and I am so thankful to be able to call you friend xx

  2. Kristi Ann says:

    Thanks so much Kathleen!! GOD BLESS ALL!! Amen-Amein!!

    Love Always, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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