5:30am is not a time (in my opinion) that any sane person should be awake, much less functioning. However, someone did not teach this lesson to two of my beautiful friends. They decided that not only would they be awake, but that they would be joyful about it and invite others to join them and give the group a catchy title and a facebook page. Well great!! They throw around a "joy" and "Jesus" guilt trip and suddenly I find mysef upright, dressed and speaking somewhat coherently to a waiter an iHop, begging for coffee. Lots of coffee. A bottomless carafe of coffee is not enough for 5:30am. Keep 'em comin'! But I digress. Joy & Jesus. Joy & Jesus. Say it with me. Joy & Jesus. Thankfully, these beautiful ladies allowed for light converstion and the chance for the go-go juice to kick in before diving into deep, meaningful conversation. Once my brain had caught up with my body, my beautiful friend opened her Bible and led us in a discussion on a topic I can't remember now. What I do remember is the power and love I felt shared around that table at that time, in that place. It was open and candid and safe. It was encouraging and uplifting. It was women, coming together broken and leaving whole again, if even just for a short time. We met again the following Saturday at a members home. And again, I left feeling stronger than when I came. Refreshed. Rebuilt. Loved. We did it again and again. We are doing it again this week at that magical (read horrible, awful, no good, very bad) 5:30am hour - and lo and behold I'm looking forward to it!!
5:30am will never be easier, but this Saturday, I will slap that alarm joyfully and rise up early to meet my friends and Jesus in that place. Joy & Jesus. Joy & Jesus. Say it with me...
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” ~ Matt 18:20
I'm Jennifer and I am so glad to meet you! I am a working mother of 4 children, surrogate mother of 2 children's boyfriends, a few children's best friends, a god-son, a prayer pal and a very special boy who smelled his way into my heart. Our home is open and all are welcome here.