So, let me tell you about our Overflow “early Christmas” get together! We had a ball! There were nine of us…..four “younger” women (ages 13, 13, 13, 15) and five “older” women (ages….20+,30 +, 40+, 50+, 60+) As soon as everyone got to my place, I plunked an elf hat on everybody’s head and we proceeded to make an assembly line to create “elf” packages of edible goodies for my neighbors. We attached bells and ribbons and tags that said, ” Merry Christmas – you’ve been “elfed”. When it got dark that night, we all bundled up in warm clothes and headed out. We ran up to my neighbours’ front doors, put the package on their porch, knocked loudly on their doors…and RAN! It was mass chaos as we slipped on the ice, bumped into each other and frantically ran for our hiding places. My neighbors opened the door to giggly voices but no bodies! However, when they were prompted to “look down”, they were delighted to find packages of Christmas goodies waiting for them. Now, that’s called “elfing”! Later that day, we had a fun gift exchange, we read a wonderful Christmas story called, ” The Last Straw” by Paula Palangi, we ate chicken fondue and killer chocolate cake and we had fun, just hanging out together. No one was in a rush to go home! Welcome to Overflow! It’s simple…but it’s intentional, it’s uplifting and it’s “iron sharpening iron” in a powerful way!
Some comments from the younger and the older….
“I think that the Overflow group gives us time for reflections AND laughs. It’s really helped me to get outside my comfort zone in terms of being social. I’ve met so many wonderful people who I probably would have never met without coming to Overflow. On Saturday, I definetely laughed a lot. Everything we did was extremely new to me. Spending time with everyone was great, even though we didn’t really get lots of time to talk (after all it was a party!) I feel like I’ve learned more about everyone, just through that one evening!” (13 year old)
“I would like to express that Gloria had so much valuable time on Saturday and she told me that she went to the neighbors to give treats and wished them to have a Merry Christmas. That was a new experience for Gloria and she enjoyed it so much that day. I really appreciate you and the Overflow group.” ( a parent)
“Saturday was fun! It was great for me to get away from everything and come to a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and socialize with a group of wonderful women! The food was great too, especially those Hello Dolly squares.. they were the best! :)” (30+)
Our group has met before and each time, I plan something different. I have send out questions for everybody to think about beforehand and we have had some wonderful discussions together. We have told stories and asked questions, listened and encouraged…and each time that we meet, we’re all so glad that we took the time to spend these precious hours together. We talk about God, we talk about life and struggles and hope and loss and creativity and school and children and “busyness” …we talk about being women and we vulnerably share our struggles with each other.
..and so we will continue…next meeting….Saturday, February 5th!…just in time to go skating on the lake!
I strongly believe that women need each other. I have been in full time Christian work for 30 years. I have served in university, community and overseas missions, facilitated bible studies in church, taught and counseled in the high school setting, privately counseled, befriended, “life coached”, mentored, committed to, encouraged and exhorted, wept with and embraced, listened to and prayed for many women. It has been my passion and delight to speak into the lives of women and to put myself in places where older women can teach me. Each one of us is the younger and the older woman….and we need each other to grow in wisdom and godliness.
We always make time for the things that we consider important, don’t we? I think it is really important that we make the effort to help other women live for God’s glory. That’s what I hope and pray Overflow does!