Yesterday afternoon, I flung open the front door to find this:5 HUGE boxes!
Instantly, my mind went back to the email that I'd received a few days prior from my friend, Sandy, who also happens to be Brian's aunt. She sent me an email that said that she was going to send me some of her baking supplies because she's finished with them. She just doesn't do much baking anymore.
I was so excited! But, I'd forgotten that they were to arrive yesterday, so you can imagine my shock when I saw all of those parcels!
Immediately, I took the dogs out to do their business, which is why I was headed out the door, anyway. I hurried them through the process, so that I could return to my loot.
With shrieks and squeals, I ripped open box after box and pulled out item after item, as if it was Christmas morning. I couldn't believe the gold mine!
As I was working my way through box 3, tears began to sting my eyes. I realized something. I realized that this was way beyond the surface occurrence that it seemed.
You see, last week I emailed Sandy about some recipe. She is my go-to resource for gluten-free, sugar-free living. And, I mentioned that I had NO idea how to stock my pantry for gluten-free baking. Not that I want to bake every single day, but a girl needs a cupcake now and again :)
She casually said she was going to pull a few things together for me, and I didn't give it another thought. I was thinking she knew of an online list or something for pantry supplies. I was overwhelmed to be supplied with every kind of cookbook, flour, spice, pan, nut butter, etc that you could possibly need or want, even her personal notebook that she's so carefully organized and planned. She did it for me.
As I was putting each item in its new home, I thought, "I'm so glad she's on my team." And, it had nothing to do with the enormous gift that she'd just given me. Sandy was the first one to mention nutrition to me when my second diagnosis surfaced. She is the most graceful and thoughtful in her methods, too. But, you know what I love the most, she is forthright. When Sandy feels strongly about something, then she's willing to stand her ground. She's willing to speak truth, without worrying about its political correctness or conviction. She is full of knowledge, and she shares it in such an elegant way.
She is the kind of person that I want on my team. Lately, I've been thinking about those with which I surround myself. I've discovered that, for some, it's time to clean house. For others, it's time to grow those relationships. I'm realizing that I only want those in my life who are willing to stand by me and speak God's truth. I don't need those who flatter or waiver in their loyalty.
Think about your team today. Who do you allow to influence your life? Pray and ask God to give you wisdom about those with whom you surround yourself.