A Full Cup
Last week I had the great honor of hosting a spectacular event. I had been dreaming and planning and praying over this event for some time, so the fact that it finally happened was such a dream come true!
A few months ago I agreed to partner with one of my dear friends and host another Noonday Trunk Show for her. I had hosted a show for her last season and wanted to do it again, but with a twist. I began dreaming up ideas of how to make this trunk show different than the last. I thought about the current season that I'm in--battling discontentment--and thought about conversations I have had with friends who are also feeling similarly. And that's when it struck me--why should we battle alone? Why don't we get together and be vulnerable, share our hearts, and team up against discontentment?
And that's how "Flourish" was born. A two-part event--one part Noonday Trunk Show, one part panelist-led conversation on contentment, community, and blooming where you are planted.
Every phase of this event was better than I could have expected. It started with my husband being the absolute best human on the planet and speaking my love language (acts of service!) for weeks before the event and volunteering to do my chores, pick up chairs, clean and cook, and act as a sounding board for all my ideas. Then came dreaming things up with my lovely friend, Karen, to reaching out to women to be a part of the panel, to having friends come over to help re-arrange my house, to advertising and getting amazing responses, to decorating and choosing food, and then to the actual night which was a magical conglomeration of beautiful jewelry, heartfelt stories, deep vulnerability, and real connections. All I can say is that my cup runneth over!
I can't stress enough how passionate I am about real community. Community that doesn't shy away from the hard stuff. Community that sits in the pain with you, truly listens, and commits to walking with you. There is something so powerful about doing life together, isn't there? Margaret Feinberg writes, "The Great Joy Giver is parachuting people into your life to remind you that you are not alone."
God-willing, this won't be the last Flourish event. I feel so strongly that God wants true community for us. Enough comparison and judgment, enough discontentment and despair--we don't want any part of you! We want to flourish--and only by His grace we may.