If you missed our May meeting, you surely missed a blessing. Our very own Emilee Little was our speaker. She spoke to us on how she found peace in Psalms 23 and how there was so much to be taken from this scripture.
She began, however, by sharing the opportunities 4Gs has had so far this year to be a blessing to others in our community through our mission work.
January: Local Food Bank
February: Animal Shelter
March: Niswonger Children's Hospital
April: Local Nursing Homes
May: Camp Bays Mountain
Phrases like "There's no place like home," is what immediately came to mind while Emilee was sharing with us the memories she had of her home growing up and the place that she continued to call home for the past 16 years. She and her husband Junior have been married 30 years and have been blessed to call only 4 houses, "home". On a side note, I have some school children who have been in more homes than that in just this school year alone. She raised her children in the same house that she called home growing up. This is truly a blessing.
She shared many memories with us, but some of my favorites that she shared was how home was a place where wonderful memories are made and few baths are taken. She also advised us not to overcook the Ham for Easter dinner or it might be mistaken for roast beef or beef jerky, something of which we can all relate to in one way or another. Some other memories she shared was the smell of Lysol, coming home to a happy place, always having snack, and having a dad who always found time to do things with children, to name a few. Having recently moved, as I would imagine would be difficult after having such family history and memories in one home, Emilee emphasized a peace she had in moving from the place she had called "home" for many years.
She referenced a song entitled, "The House That Built Me." She went on to say that this move and transition peaceful because she understood that the house didn't make memories, but it was the people in which she shared the home with was what made it so special, as she continues to make memories with her children and their families in their new "home."
She finds this peace in Psalms 23 and in janitors like Richard who are blessings through their witness. Richard, a janitor at her school, took time to pray with Emilee at school recently, and he didn't mind who heard or who saw what they were doing.
In Psalms 23, you find out WHAT HE IS and WHERE HE IS. Her most favorite part of this scripture comes at the end and says, " I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." She also mentioned what we all wonder, "What will heaven be like," and "I wonder what it looks like?" However, just like the places we call our "earthly homes" is not what it looks like, but what is important is that HE will be there. What wonderful things we have in store if we only believe and put our trust in him.
We are anxiously looking forward to our next meeting and hope to see you as it is always a blessing to fellowship with one another.