Sunday, October 25, 2009

This is the day...

Just killing some time before it's time to go to church. Just trying to relax a bit. I spent the morning doing as much as I could to get ready for the open house. I'll do the very very last minute stuff when I get home from church. My friend will be coming to help with the final set-up: slicing the cheese and sausage, making the punch, putting the coffee on, etc.

"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."


This is the day I've been preparing for during the last couple of months and now it's here. I'm very excited, even a bit nervous, though I shouldn't be. I'm getting lots of support. One friend greeting, two friends making sure the table stays supplied with food, and my husband his friend looking after the cash. I'll be free to float around, talking to people, introducing people.

I pray everyone who comes will sense God's presence. I pray that they will feel welcome and want to stay for awhile to visit. And I pray that I will sell lots of stuff, that we will have lots to donate to our church's Connections Coffee House. It will be such fun to see how people respond to the pictures I've been working on.

One thing I thought about: Here is something I'm doing that is in no way connected to mental health work. So many people at church think of me only in that way. They think of what I do with Living Room. Now they will see another side of me.

6 comments:

More Than Conquerors said...

Dear Marja,

Hope you have had a blessed time of gathering with your friends. You are truly gifted in many wonderful ways besides the ability to support people with mental illness. May God continue to bless you and make you a blessing to all who come into contact with you. May His joy continue to be your strength daily as you seek to do your best for Him in whatever you do.

Take care and may God grant you a very blessed week!

Thinking of you and praying for you,
Nancie

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Marja,
Hope everything went well!

Susan

marja said...

Hi Susan,

Everything went fabulously. A steady stream of people all afternoon, everyone buying something. I'm not putting everything away yet, though. A couple of people are coming later this week to take a look yet.

I've been tired all day, trying to recuperate. But it's a good tiredness.

marja

marja said...

Oh my, Nancie! In the busyness of everything I got disorganized and forgot to publish your comment. I did read it though and was happy to hear from you.

Yes, the open house was a wonderful time. It could not have turned out better. It was a time to connect with old friends I haven't seen for quite awhile too.

This morning, two days after the event, I'm still feeling tired. But it's a good kind of tired. Just feel I need time to rest a bit - just putter a bit.

Thank you for your prayers. I pray for you as well.

Love, marja

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Marja,
I'm so glad for you! How great is this? And yes, there is a good tiredness that comes from working hard to accomplish something meaningful, and feeling so joyful you have.

Last year when I worked on our high school reunion, I was tired for a week afterwords. But, I was also feeling so very happy!

Love,
Susan

marja said...

Yes, Susan, it was great, but tiring too. This morning I had to struggle to get out to the gym, something I really need to do at a time like this. I knew that if I were just going to sit and do nothing, which I was tempted to do, I could dip into a depression - the crash that comes after high activity. I need to keep puttering and take care of my physical needs.

marja