They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, 
to the
breaking of bread and to prayer
Acts 2:42 
For the record, I couldn’t post yesterday morning…blogger just WOULD NOT load properly.  Finally, last night I downloaded Google Chrome and I am posting via that browser…is it a browser?
My family has been blessed with the gift of some friends with whom we are in a family prayer group.  I have mentioned this group in this space before.  We meet monthly and families are invited…not just the adults.  There is something very special about seeing kids ranging from 3 on up sitting quietly for prayer.  AND…if you count my son, almost 24, there are 31 kids in the prayer group.  For obvious reasons, John and I do not host this group.  We are just not equipped for small kids anymore.  So…a couple of times a year we will host an adults only night.  Around Valentine’s Day we host a wine and food pairing dinner and in the summer we host a bar-b-que.  Last Saturday night was our wine dinner.  
I have to tell you…I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE having a party.  And I go all out for this dinner party…this year I did something new.  My place cards were shortbread cookies…

I love setting a table…

And those bags in the chairs with the tissue paper…those are gift bags for the ladies.  The bags included Bath & Body shower gel & lotion, a tea light candle and a pair of fuzzy, soft slipper socks.

John & I choose several foods and pair them with wines.  This year we served Toasted Parmesan Rounds with a Chardonnay, French Onion Soup with a Merlot, Rigatoni Bolognese with a Chianti and a first for us…White Chocolate Creme Brulee with a dessert wine.   It was amazing that the sweet dessert wine is just that sweet…so sweet that I cannot taste the fruit – UNTIL – you take a bite of a sweet dessert, then sip the wine and viola…you can taste the fruit in the wine.  You can see pictures of the food here.  Kathleen took pictures and I am glad, because once the party got started, I got side-tracked with serving, etc. and I forgot to take pictures.

We are really blessed to have these people in our lives.  After I returned from my trip back to my former home I realized that what I really missed wasn’t “home” it was “girl time.”  Time spent with women…much has been written about the need for community and especially how WOMEN need the community of other women.  I have no time in my life that I spend with “just the girls.”  Once I realized that is what was missing, I e-mailed the women in this prayer group, explaining what I needed and guess what?!?  That all responded favorably and we scheduled a night to get together.

Lord, I am so very thankful for this group of people.  I am thankful for the opportunity to have a gathering and have sweet fellowship with this group.  Thank you for the gift of your son and the unity that I feel with this group because of the sacrifice on the cross.

I hope you have wonderful friends in your life and that the Lord has blessed you with an abundance of his grace…



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