Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Too Many Golf Shirts

My blog this week is late because I was waiting on the OK from my husband.
Why you ask? Because it involves me making fun of him, one of my favorite pastimes. He said it was OK. He would take one for the Firstfruits team.

To set the stage, I have to explain to you about the closets in our house. We live in a four bedroom house but only use one bedroom now that the kids are grown and gone so we have three empty closets. (Empty doesn’t exactly describe them. They are full of grade school art projects, high school yearbooks, homecoming dresses, trophies, and old Halloween costumes.)

One of the extra closets houses our daughters’ wedding dresses and some blankets. The other two extra closets house my husbands extensive golf wardrobe. No, that’s not a typo. Two closets full of golf attire.

I counted his golf shirts and needed a calculator. Seventy five in all. Hung by color and all facing the same way. In his defense, I can honestly say they were all either a free gift given in a golf outing or purchased with pro shop credit from his winnings. He’s a really good golfer. When I ask him why he doesn’t get rid of some, he says they have sentimental value.

Out of desperation, I found a small section in the Golf Shirt Closet to store my out of season clothes. You know summer stuff in the winter and winter stuff in the summer. The other day my sentimental, Jack Nicklaus, called me upstairs and looked at me very serious and said… ”We need to rearrange the closets. Your summer clothes are crowding my golf shirts. They need to breathe and have room so the collars don’t get crushed. (These are the thoughts that a rabid, I mean avid, golfer has in the winter when he hasn’t been on a golf course in three months.)

Now I know I’m not the only one with a spouse who has an obsession. Replace the golf shirts with power tools, fantasy sports teams, hunting rifles, sports cars, or mystery novels and you have the same thing. So you know respecting these obsessions and acting excited about them is just one of the challenges of married life.

I often wonder what God was thinking when he instituted the Sacrament of Marriage knowing how different he made men and women! But I know he did, and so I trust in his infinite wisdom. For those of us called to the vocation of marriage, we need to work hard at it. There are so many forces working against us.

Firstfruits wants to be of help to couples as they navigate the challenges of marriage. Thursday, February 8 from 7-8:30pm Tammy Groszczyk, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is giving a presentation entitled Putting On the Mind of Jesus Toward My Spouse at the Firstfruits Faith Center in Elm Grove. (More details are on our website Firstfruits.info) I hope you can join us or spread the word to any couples who might be interested.

My first thought when my husband asked me to rearrange the closets so his shirts could breath probably wasn’t what Jesus would have been thinking. Thoughts like, “Are you nuts? So my clothes don’t breathe, just yours? Get a life!”

But by the grace of God and 37 years of working hard on this marriage thing I was able to tame those thoughts and simply say… “Do what you gotta do.” Then I left to run errands and left him to the rearranging!?

Joan

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Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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