Ellen and I have known each other for 22 years!!
I met her when I was 16 years old.As the staff has grown and changed throughout the years, we have changed the dynamics of this group. Over the last few years, I have met monthly with these women, the pastoral leadership staff and wives. I have also had the privilege of bringing together all the staff women 2 times a year for a time of interaction together.
This is something I am going to desperately miss. I love these women. We have journeyed through a lot together. We have celebrated, mourned, and challenged each other. I was so thankful for the opportunity to come together one more time as a team.
They blessed me in so many ways. Their words of encouragement and sharing the impact I have had on their lives was humbling and overwhelming. We have laughed together, cried together, and shared out joys, successes, and hurts in ministry.
From Left to Right: Tosha, Me, Dana, Bria, Jessica, and EllenAs I have said, change is hard for me. It is hard to imagine this new chapter of my life and what God has in store. I love these women. I know that we will still be in friendship, but it will change. It has to. God is doing so much. I am processing and trying to embrace this new chapter. Right now, I am grieving the losses. I look forward to new things and new opportunities, but for now, it is necessary that I deal with the sadness I am feeling. God is teaching me even through the sadness.