Since we made a decision to frequent this sweet fellowship each Sunday, we had been faithful to attend until yesterday. I had strained my foot at some point last week, making it unbearable to walk on. Knowing we have plans this week to be out and I would have to be on my foot, I knew I had to rest or I would further injure it. In addition to that, my dad was coming for a visit (he lives about 500 miles away) and we wanted to be sure the house was cleaned up well before he arrived. There’s no way we could have done it all and drive 30 miles to our fellowship. I am sharing this because I wanted to say that I felt no guilt at all about missing our weekly rendezvous with friends. The motto of our group is “God without the guilt” and I knew it was not going to offend God if we didn’t show up. I know our friends missed us as we missed them, but they understand the importance of good health and family time.
It was great knowing that we were making the best decision for our family by staying home on Sunday. We had a wonderful day with grandpa. We did take a short walk (although I hobbled) over to the beach so he could enjoy the warm sand, cool breeze, and sea. It was a slightly breezy day with the sun shining and it was relaxing. We then had a barbecue chicken dinner and enjoyed a movie together. The kids were so happy to have grandpa here for a visit. It was well worth it for us to be home.
I ended up getting bed right after he left so I could get off my foot again and I kept it up all morning as I worked at my desk today. My foot still isn’t 100% better, but it is healing. Tonight we will enjoy a bonfire at the beach and make some Reese’s S’mores then head to bed early again, because tomorrow is our day out with my husband’s parents. Then, of course, Wednesday is the 4th of July and I’ll be on this foot for another long day.
If I made our meeting with friends, for 60 minutes, a priority over my health and family then I feel my priorities would be out of balance. Even if I were to feel guilty about missing out on something, I’d rather feel guilty about missing our Sunday gathering than missing seeing my dad and taking care of my health. I’m thankful to know we have a circle of friends who are supportive and free of guilt trips.
Have a great week!