We had fifteen women in the Wednesday night group. The limit is twelve but I have a hard time saying 'no.' While passing out pencils and notebooks, I commented, to one of the regulars, that some of them might show up for the free stuff.
"Oh, no!" she said. "We discourage that in the block. I tell them not to bother coming to this group unless they want to learn something. "
We read excerpts from Joyce Meyer's new book, 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life. The topic was "Follow Your Heart." They were asked to think about their heart's desire - what God has called them to do.
All fifteen raised their hand to speak. The usual giggling and silliness stopped, for a moment as each listened to the dreams of the others.
"I want to get clean and sober and be an example for others."
" I want to be a good mother."
"I want to be a missionary."
I'd like to join the Peace Corps."
"I want to be a singer on American Idol."
"I'd like to volunteer in a NICU. My children were both preemies."
'I want to build homes for children in Africa."
The responses were both surprising and heartwarming. And while many of those dreams are unrealistic (for now) I believe God put them in their hearts to help them reach for higher goals. And if this moment of dreaming helps the women of Block 12 in their struggle toward sober living I have reached my own heart's desire for the day.