I continued praying and took it to heart. At my first meeting I was so nervous, I was honestly afraid that no one would show up. We had ten ladies that night. My heart was full. I had taken to heart the advice of having a focal point by offering a "reflecting point" along with a color page. We set up a table at the front of the room with candles, the color page and used "Be the Miracle" from Bruce Almighty as our reflection. It was such a positive and encouraging meeting.
Lately the word "refuge" has been on my heart. I was led to the scripture Psalm 91:2 for UMW tonight.
Our pastor is beginning a new sermon series on STRESS. Let's face it we all have more than enough to go around. Today as I was preparing for UMW and working on the bathroom stall calendars, I was focusing on stress, what a negative to focus on stress! I traditionally use the reflection for that month from UMW on the bathroom stall calendars-this month the reflection is refuge. Suddenly I felt a calm, a peace that yes while we may have stressful times-we may have diseases, we may have bullets coming at us-but He is our vision and we are crazy blessed that no matter what storms or trials come our way He dwells within us. We may not understand why bad things happen, God gave up his only son...trust and believe. Our stress can be counterbalanced when we look to Him as our REFUGE.