I’m Weird Like That

As a little girl, I went to lots of spend-the-night parties. I never told anybody, but I didn’t really like going. I’m weird like that.

After Mother dropped me off, I’d find a quiet spot in the corner and stretch out my sleeping bag. I was usually the first one to fall asleep and first to get up. Saturday morning, I slurped a bowl of Cheerios, suitcase in hand, ready to hurry home.

This past Thursday, I was invited to a big girl spend-the-night party with three dear friends at a cabin in north Georgia. I love my friends, couldn’t wait to see them, but just before leaving home…I remembered.

I glanced at my cozy bedroom, the soft glow of the lamp, and smoothed my fingers over my quilt.

I felt a twinge of little girl feelings.

Good grief. Sometimes I’m the same little girl inside. Loving my predictable routine. Help me to change, Lord.

I petted Clyde goodbye, grabbed my suitcase, and headed for the mountains.

That night my friends and I went out for Mexican. We talked and laughed at the restaurant, and back at Lisa’s cabin, we stayed up until 1 a.m. eating chocolate chip cookies. (Gluten-free with Pamela’s flour…..delish!)

I slept in Lisa’s daughter’s bedroom. She had a comfy quilt like mine and soft pink sheets. You’ll never believe it…

I was the last one up the next morning!

Here we are on Friday…me, Leigh Anne, Dayna, and Lisa. :-)

Before we left, the four of us joined hearts and prayed.

I thought about my theme for the year.

Surrender.

Oh, the wonderful plans I have for you… God seemed to say.

You mean, like the Dr. Seuss book, Oh, The Places You’ll Go?

You’ll see. Surrender. Daily.

I’m so glad I went to the big girl spend-the-night party! :-)

Maybe I used to be “weird like that.” But not anymore!

Do you have any weird ways  you’re working on changing?

Love,

Julie

 

Comments

  1. Girlfriend time is the BEST way to spend a few days…..glad you had a good time, Julie.

  2. Robin says:

    I can soooo relate J! I was always that way as a little girl and still am! I don’t like being away from Mike, even for one night. So do I have weirdness? YES! …that I’m working on changing…? Well, I’m not sure about that :0
    But to be fair, my word wasn’t surrender …
    xoxo
    So proud of you~ love love love u

  3. Anna Haney says:

    It has taken me a while to realize it, but I am bad to get into a routine and not want to change. So I am working hard at changing routines.; Looking at things in different ways. It’s harder than I thought, but I am working at it

  4. So sweet! It sounds like you all had a wonderful time. I can completely relate, I was that little girl. It’s amazing as the years pass from adolescence, we see more and more that God is with us and there is nothing to fear. And I love your bedroom…it’s charming!

    • Julie Garmon says:

      Love the way you said it, Joanne…the more and more that God is with us, there is nothing to fear. Beautiful. Yeah, I wondered if you’d like my bedroom. I do love your tastes in decorating.

      Thank you!

  5. Janette says:

    What a precious blog. It ministered to me so much- especially the photo of your prayer time. How beautiful and dear!

    • Julie Garmon says:

      I know, Janette…as it was happening, right after we prayed, I had a feeling I’d want to blog about it. Lisa stretched her arm up and snapped a picture of the sweet moment.

      Thank you. My prayer was that today’s blog would reach someone’s heart. :-)

      Love,
      Julie

    • Jan O says:

      Janette, you’re not from Wisconsin, are you?
      Could you be a friend of mine??

  6. B.J. Taylor says:

    Clyde! What are you doing on that bed! lol What a handsome boy he is, and what a strong, and trusting woman you are, Julie. Surrendering to God, giving Him all of you. Trusting. I am so happy that you had a great time. And I hope you have many more of these special moments in the future. Hugs & love.

    • Julie Garmon says:

      B.J. is that a no-no? Clyde on the bed? He just looks so cute up there.

      So many blessings come with surrender, don’t they.

      Heck, maybe I’ll come see you and learn to play golf. :-)

      xoxo xoxo xoxo xoxo

  7. marie says:

    Yep, I’m weird like that, too! I have an out-of-town conference in a few weeks with 4 nights away from home, and I will be staying in a dorm. No friends are going with me–all by myself. After I signed up and paid, I thought “What have I done?” My word for the year is, “Release.” I guess it’s time to crowbar the fingers open one by one.

    Love your bedroom, my dear. I can see why you wouldn’t want to leave it, but so glad you went and slept in!

    • Julie Garmon says:

      Marie, those conferences….talk about faith!! But God always goes with me. I’ve gotten to where I enjoy flying alone. Quiet time to read.

      Crowbar, love it! You’re exactly right.

      Thank you for the compliment on my bedroom. It’s home. :-)

      xoxo xoxo
      P.S. Let me know how your conference goes!

  8. Melody♪♫ says:

    I’m constantly invited by friends from church to go on the women’s retreats. I always tell them I don’t retreat…
    I did jr hi retreats, high school retreats, college retreats, singles’ retreats… Now that I’m married I’d rather spend my time with my husband & sons. Not that I don’t enjoy corporate worship & Bible study with my sisters in Christ — but that doesn’t mean I’d like to spend a couple nights sharing a room & bathroom with them. I’m weird like that. :)

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