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Last Tuesday evening totally rocked. It was the beginning of our online Bible study of I’m a Fixer-Upper. (more information here)
There are 65 on the roster and girls from all over the US and Canada showed up for our first gathering. It was unbelievable – God was surely raising up His girls! We had a great time studying and being encouraged by one another. When our time was up I wanted to end us in prayer. As I switched to my last screen layout – unbeknownst to me I lost my attendees — I asked for prayer requests and waited … and waited … and waited …
No one was acknowledging me, so I thought maybe my group had gone shy – even though they had chatted up a storm all evening. So I began the most precious prayer for them, our studies and where God was leading us thinking they weren’t ready to share since it was our first time meeting.
When I said Amen and looked up there were only 11 gals left in our online group. I was taken back. My mind first went to “Oh my lands – this isn’t touching anyone. They were so ready to get off and get on with their life. Lord, what have I done? They surely will not come back net week. blah, blah, blah . . .”
About an hour later, I received the recorded transcript of the chat and as I read through it for the first time these gals had me laughing, crying and amening their comments they had posted all through the night. I kept wondering “Lord, they chatted like they were touched and yet they all bolted.”
Then all the sudden they start writing, “Where did Alene go? Can anyone hear her? Is she coming back?”
I lost it. I have laughed for days. Here it was my mistake. I left the class in a lurch and yet my crazy mind was wondering where they went and what I did.
I’m so thankful for the replay of the chat, otherwise I’d still be sitting here beating myself up!
I can not wait for our second class this next Tuesday. These gals rock!!!