So. Remember my post, The Necessity of Your Own Life? The one where I said it's vital that we, as women, form a special life of our own, one separate from our husband?
Well, lately I've seen that my friend, Donna, is reaping beautifully from having done just that. After John's death, Tom and I would visit Donna in the hospital and she was always looking ahead. To getting out of there. To recreating her home so to make it more livable for her at this stage in her life. To decorating her new place. To painting beautiful scenes on canvas again of nature and old houses, etc. To working amongst her flowers in her gorgeous backyard.
To returning to her still-full life.
And now? Now she's finally home again (yay!) and her family and friends have made her side apartment accessible to the main house and cleaned the apartment, too. Her pastor's husband is refinishing the floors and soon a group of us will paint the apartment walls. And more? Donna has a friend who will move-in and live in the upper floor of the main house and they'll share the main living area.
Over the phone yesterday I told Donna that I believe much of the good help she's receiving from so many people is because she's reaping from the help she's always sown to others. And oh my, Donna is such a great helper! She aids others with their yard sales (her help was vital at Tom's and my farm yard sale). She takes food to those who've lost loved ones. She's planned probably a hundred church gatherings and birthday parties with the heart of a true servant. She's taken lots of friends, including me, out for coffee and for country drives.
She's one of those Thoughtful People.
Plus, Donna belongs to a group of artists who, each week, travel to beautiful outdoor vistas where they set-up their canvases and paint for hours. And she's traveled all the way over to California a couple times with our mutual friend, Marian, the two of them creating wonderful adventures along the way.
Wow. I am so darn proud of Donna. I know she misses John--he was one of-a-kind (the only person I've met who resembled a book character) and they were married over 30 years, but she's not allowed the missing of him to rob her of hope and anticipation nor fool her into thinking her best days are gone.
No, Donna nurtured a great love for God within her all these years and she's faithfully created a life of giving to others. And now though John is gone, Donna's reaping from all the many and varied seeds she flung around so faithfully wherever she traveled along the pathway God created for her to follow.
And she and God will have a ton of new, exciting adventures in the days and years to come.
The painting, above? Next to the one she painted of our farm, this is my favorite of Donna's paintings. Is it gorgeous, or what?
"Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked [a]by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and [b]that only is what he will reap." .... from the amplified Bible.