Remember how much you are loved and cared for this week.
These words concluded training session one of the 201st Stephen Series Leader Training Course (LTC). It’s where I am this week.
After a long day of travel in the rental truck, I arrived at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburg to check in, register, and pick up my 35lb box of training materials to sort and organize.
There was an opening banquet at a table with seven other people that I didn’t know but was about to meet.
I am here by myself, but I am not alone.
This week has been on my calendar for several months. I have prayed about it, planned for it, prepared as I could. It’s finally here, marking the true end of summer for me.
Next week I return to work, getting things ready for the new school year.
But this week is a time to settle and focus and learn. It is a time to remember to trust the process and receive care.
My prayer is that I will be open to what God has for me this week.
For the first session, I joined a group of women at a table with an empty chair. There I met my prayer partner for the week during The Relationship Exercise. She has a kind, open face, beautiful eyes, and a gentle voice.
We plan to meet after lunch to walk and share what is going on with us each day as the week progresses.
She has already agreed to pray that the rental return goes smoothly in the morning. Oh, and that my heart will be open to the process this week. That, too. That I will be present and focused rather than scattered and worried about all that is out of my control.
So this week will be less facebook (though this will post to my blog wall) and texting and more presence and reflection, listening to what God has for me.
Tonight it is this from Isaiah 41:9-10. . .I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, “You are my servant.” For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.