I thank my God for making mention of you always in my prayers , hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus Christ and toward all the Saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgement of every good thing which is in you in Jesus Christ. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because of the saints have been refreshed by you. Philemon 1.
Today is what some call a bitter sweet day. My friend and co-disciple will be parting from Cardio Studio to stretch her tent pegs into new territory. Carrie Odiorne will be opening, along with her husband Bob, a new Insurance Agency called Odiorne Agency. She will be moving into an office space by the Donut Palace if you are needing to find her, visit with her, have her pray with you or perhaps you need some insurance. We are not saying good bye to our sweet friend but rather we will see you for lunch.
I met Carrie when we were working out at World Class Fitness and instructing there. We have always had a kindred spirit friendship. After moving into what is now the Hamby and Hamby Clinic, Carrie walked in my door and said she felt like God wanted her to be a part of Cardio Studio. Little did we know she would stay around for almost a half a decade. Many sweet memories, lots of funny stories, we have waved some storms and even a few spiritual hurricanes together. We have laughed, we have cried. Carrie and I are not just two people that worked together but two friends that have sustained a sisterhood. Not too many people can work together and maintain a great friendship; however, we have managed to do just that and grow deep with each other in friendship and in family.
Carrie, I am thankful for your servant hood as you have allowed me much needed time to spend and grow with my children. Summer after summer you were able to maintain the helm of this ship so that I could travel in baseball with Caleb, go to football games with Tyrone, attend all Chloe’s volleyball games and see Boo do cheer, band and receive awards. You gave me time when my boys left for college and saw me through to preparing Chloe the same thing. My children have such a sense of who they are because of your service. You know my greatest hearts desire was to be with them, love them, spend time with them, and to raise them. My only prayer for you is that you too find a Carrie along your path to help you do the same thing with Levi and the other children you will have one day. Sharing life with you has been a special journey for all of that have gotten to spend time with you. I have seen you grow in areas of your life, I have seen you enter into a partnership with Christ. I have seen you grow trees of fruitfulness in your life with ongoing patience, love, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, joy, self-control, and an increase in faith. Your trust in the father and a willingness to learn and participate in the ministry has flourished partly because of your attentiveness to the spirit and your willingness to be used by the Lord. Thank you for praying with so many, caring for so many, loving so many, hugging so many, and seeing so many through on their journeys here at the Studio. You are precious, you are chosen, you were woven for a time such as this. May the Lord bless you indeed, expand your territory , keep his hands upon you and keep you from evil. In Jesus name. You are the Beloved and we love and will miss you dearly!