I went to one of my favorite events in Nevada today – the Independence Valley ladies’ Bible study. It’s held every month at a different house, and today we met at the Quarter Circle S on the Van Norman Ranch. We studied God’s Word, had a baby shower for the lovely Heather, and Chrissy suggested we celebrate she and her husband’s fiftieth move in twenty years (he’s a cowboy). It was suggested they take no more camp jobs.
There was no danger of a cell phone’s ring interrupting our fellowship, as there is no cell service at the Quarter Circle S. The driveway was just this side of four-wheel-drive status, so no one complained. It goes without saying that all the food was made from scratch; you don’t bring Oreos and Raley’s apple pie to a get-together in the Independence Valley.
Groups like this are rare. It seems we don’t get enough actual face time with our fellow humans; it’s too convenient to Facebook, blog or text rather than sit on each others’ couches and discuss our lives. We need to discuss our lives! There were three pregnant ladies and a whole pack of little kids runnin’ around Bible study. What better place for a woman to learn how to be a woman who positively contributes to society than by asking and observing others she looks up to?
I really enjoy not having cell service. Removing the temptation to check our phones all the time to see what we might be missing elsewhere forces us to fully emerse ourselves and absorb the company we are in at the moment.
I realize I’m going to need to look for a place to stash my soap box here in a minute, but I just thoroughly enjoyed a good old-fashioned dose of wholesome fellowship. It’s so convenient and socially acceptable for people, especially single twenty-four-year-olds such as myself, to go to the bar and toss a few back, leave with whomever, get sick in the morning, and drag ourselves to work. It’s reassuring to know some folks still value morals and actively seek godly lives. And, these gals wear flattering jeans, trendy shirts, dangly earrings, and fix their hair all cute. Just because you’re wholesome and upright doesn’t mean you’re a stick in the mud.
I’m looking forward to the next study, and not just because I’m not leading it. I had my notes all prepared for today’s topic, the power of words, and didn’t feel nervous, but for some reason, when I began to talk, I began to sweat profusely. I had to get a tissue to mop up my face and neck. It was quite embarrassing and of course made me even more flustered. Anyway, everyone contributed plenty of discussion so that helped 🙂 I didn’t have to deliver my message all by myself.
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Keep the faith.