I was overcome with emotion yesterday morning. You see, there were things that came full circle right before my eyes. And the work God was and is doing was revealed. And it grabbed me and took me away. Away to a place of realization in how God’s hands have been in and all over a preparation for me at Blessings Unlimited—now Mary & Martha.
To fully understand this, I have to take you back a few years. I had this wild hair of an idea. To bring some of my close friends together at Christmas time to celebrate them and what their friendship meant to me. I did a take off of “Oprah’s Favorite Things”. Everyone chose a favorite thing, wrapped it up and brought enough gifts for all guests. By the time we sat down to unwrap gifts, each person sat with a pile! It was so fun. Now, I’m not talking expensive gifts. Sometimes it was as simple as their fave package of gum. The idea was to have fun and learn something about each person. I absolutely loved this night. And one particular year, my gift was this…
Ever heard of this book? It is the most precious children’s book I have ever read. By Karen Kingsbury. So precious that I can not make it through without bawling my eyes out. I have never been able to read it all the way through to my kids. I remember them asking “mommy, why are you crying”? The book is about remembering your child’s “lasts”. We are so good about documenting the first tooth, first word, first day of kindergarten, etc. but what about their lasts? The last time you fed them a bottle. The last time you changed a diaper. The last time you tied a shoe, strapped them in a carseat, tucked them in at night, piano recital, last vacation with the family, last time sleeping in their bed. Oh my goodness….the lump.
Anyway, so you know my relationship with this book. I wanted to share with all of my friends. And I knew they would love and struggle with it just like I did. Especially a few in particular. So I had them open their book and made them each read a page and go around the table until the book was finished. Picture 10 women sobbing. Unable to get through each sentence. And there I was. Uncontrollable laughter. That’s right…as hard as they were crying, I was laughing harder. It is a moment I will never forget!!!! How horrible am I? I think I was just so relieved to see everyone do exactly what I thought they’d do. And goodness…it was funny.
So there’s the background. You’re thinking I’m an awesome friend, right? Ha!
Fast forward to this weekend. Karen Kingsbury, amazing Christian author. Ever heard of her??? Well she came and spoke to us today. Now, I’ve read lots of her books and honestly had forgotten about “Let Me hold You Longer”. Until she began talking about remembering your child’s lasts. The tears suffocated me and then broke loose. It came flooding (quite literally) back. The memories of that book. And then you know what she did? She read it. The nerve!
That desire to sit around the table with friends, with women and finding something I knew they could all relate to was a seed planted years ago. I didn’t know it then. Believe me. I never thought I would be in direct sales—ever. But, now I know why Blessings Unlimited was so appealing to me. But never so much as it is as the ministry and new direction of Mary&Martha.
The fact that Karen Kingsbury was there, read that book, triggered the memory of friends gathering together so long ago was a God thing. No other way to describe it. Again, an affirmation and confirmation of God’s leading. He is awesome. And so is she…