All summer I've met weekly with our staff wives on staff and we've had an amazing time of growing together, gathering up strength to choose to see life with a new perspective, and gearing up for "The Season". We'll conclude our prep with a "family staff dinner" in a few weeks, but until then Thursday nights sipping decaf coffee in my living room has become a cherished time. We've used the book Life Interrupted as a spring board for conversation. We've discussed what our "Ninevah" is and encouraged each other to let the worries bubble up so that we can put them away. We've often discussed the choice we all have to speak with "glass half empty" or "glass half full" words and as a wives staff we have challenged each other and committed to always thinking and speaking the glass half full way this season.
Welp, that has become a bit challenging this week as the August Fog has settled in. For some of you reading this you know exactly what I'm referring to. It's that time of year when you can have a whole conversation, launch into a lengthy worry, frustration or even something funny only to have a response of something like, did I tell you we are going to run a cover 3 spread in that one play instead of a cover 4? :) Oh really it's not THAT bad, but it is that time of year when FOR A SHORT WHILE the needs of 125 18-22 year olds seem to be more pressing then the needs of a 6 year old, 4 year old and emotional Mama who is sending off a 1st grader this year...alone...again.
So, as this August Fog rolls in and settles for awhile as a staff of wives we are grabbing hold of this challenge and joining our husbands in putting those 125 needs first. (Except for my 2 even younger men who ALWAYS come before the 125). We're welcoming them with open arms and smiles, asking how summers went, how dating relationships are going and taking the chance to ask how we can be praying for them...and following through. We are entering the fog and staying there, you see, we won't be able to see to far, but we will be able to see right around us, and for the time, that is all we need to focus on, that which is right around us.