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About Community

Let me introduce you to my mom friends.  This is a group of women who have been praying most Wednesday mornings for the past 12 years; the subject of our prayers . . . our children, which now range in age from 5-22 years old.  Our fearless leader started this “Moms in Prayer” group, with two other ladies, when her son was in kindergarten and he is now finishing up his junior year of high school.  In the past couple of years we have had six graduates (two graduating tonight!).

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I personally have been a part of the group for the past eight years, as have most of the others.  Yet, an amazing thing happened to this group this past December.  It was the Wednesday before Christmas vacation, and each year we have a party where we eat goodies, exchange gifts and pray for each other, not our kids, but each other.  A few of our friends had to head off to other responsibilities, but as we were wrapping up our time together, something extraordinary happened.  We experienced a holy moment that is hard to articulate, yet all could sense it.  I think it dawned on us that after lo these many years of praying for our children, God had done a miracle in each of our hearts.  Over the years, prayer by prayer, week after week, stitch by stitch, He had knit us together so tightly that we realized we had grown to deeply, deeply love each other.  I think the reason why the moment was so holy is because we realized that this was something none of us had anticipated or set out to do.  We didn’t join the group looking for friendship, support and community.  We joined the group to cover our children and their schools in prayer.  Yet, God saw fit to orchestrate it that although we joined “Moms in Prayer” for our kids, what we found was true community; a sisterhood that meant more to us than we could have ever imagined.

The picture above was at our last gathering for the school year where we specifically prayed over the two 2016 graduates and their sweet Mamas.  The next day I posted the picture on Instagram and God gave me the idea for this blog post.  You see, I know that community is something we all crave as women.  We see posts on social media about friendship and community and our souls long for it.  If we don’t have the type of community we desire, there is a deep yearning and even emptiness inside of us.

Can I share with you a few things being a part of this group has taught me about community?

  • Community doesn’t happen overnight. Like I mentioned, it was eight to twelve years before this particular group of women became a community.  Often times we look at those who seem so well connected and fail to realize it took a long time for them to get there.    
  • Priorities require faithfulness. Community happens as you faithfully show up week after week, year after year. Community requires an investment and to truly invest in something means you make it a priority.  For me personally, there are only a couple of things that would take precedence over Wednesday mornings from 8:30-10:00am.    
  • Community isn’t built in isolation. As obvious as it may seem, it is important to note that community requires vulnerability.  The more vulnerable you are willing to become the greater degree of closeness you will experience.  There have been times, this past year, where I am dying inside and the last thing I want to do is go pray and let others see my struggles and heartbreaks.  I much rather isolate, but I have to fight against that if I want community.
  • You can’t force community. Because community is God-ordained, God’s Spirit is the Holy Orchestrator of knitting hearts and lives together.  Often the places where you think you could, or even should, find connection; it eludes you, which can lead to disappointment and the frustration of unmet expectations.  But the simple fact of the matter is  . . . you just can’t force it.

I am grateful for this group that God has given me.  I see it as a gift straight from His hand . . . for this season.  Yet, there have been many times in life where I have not had a sense of belonging and I bet there will be similar seasons in the future as well.  But for this season, I will thank Him for my mom friends and thoroughly enjoy the journey.

What about you, dear reader?  What have you learned about building community for yourself?  Do you have a sense of community in your life?  Or, does this blog post bring up feelings of sadness, emptiness, or longing?  If so, let me encourage you to pray and ask God to send you like-minded people who will do life with you.  Until He does, remember that although you may not have the type of community you would desire, you always have Jesus.  He truly is the nearest and dearest friend you could ever have (and that’s not just a platitude, but the honest truth!).  He often uses these seasons to draw you closer to Him.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Psalm 37:3

Trust in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Psalm 37:3, Amplified

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There are many “trust” verses in the Bible. Although they are great verses, often times they tell you to trust but they don’t tell you how. . .

The great thing about Psalm 37:3 is that it tells you to trust and then it shows you how.

  1. Trust in the Lord.

To trust in the Lord means that you lean and rely upon Him rather than on yourself. You place your confidence in the fact that He knows what you are going through and is working on your behalf. One of the ways to trust is to

2.  Feed on His faithfulness.

Imagine an all you can eat buffet. There are many things you could choose to feed upon. Yet, not every choice is a good or healthy one. The same is true for your soul. There are many things your soul can choose to feed upon – doubt, worry, anxious thoughts, fear, anger, self-pity, faith, goodness, truth, etc …

To choose to feed on His faithfulness means you rehearse God’s faithfulness over and over again in your mind. You remember how God has been faithful to you in the past. You meditate on the character traits of God to give you hope that He will be faithful to you over and over again.

3.  You shall be fed.

You will be full of whatever you feed upon. So let me ask you, friend, what are you feeding upon? What are you allowing to dwell in your heart and your mind? Often all that’s needed is a tiny shift in perspective to begin feeding on the right things which allows your trust in God to grow and grow.

Trust in the Lord by feeding on His faithfulness and you will be full!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you had special celebrations with family and friends. My husband and I had some time off from work and we greatly enjoyed our family time together! One of the best parts was an overnight getaway at my dad’s cabin during New Year’s. . .

New Year 2015

On New Year’s Eve day, I woke up in a reflective mood. It was the last day of 2014 and the day before 2015. I began to rehearse in my mind events from 2014. As I did, I was overcome, once again, by God’s faithfulness. He got us through a difficult year and we came out stronger both in our commitment to Him and to each other as a family. Once I pondered the past, I began to think about the future. What would 2015 look like? Almost immediately, the words from Psalm 23:6 came to my mind.

(By the way, one of the benefits of reading, meditating and memorizing Scripture is that the Holy Spirit is able to bring His truth to your heart and mind just when you need it most.)

The words I memorized of this verse years ago is, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6

I heard the Spirit whisper words of comfort to my soul, “It will be a good year because My goodness and mercy will follow you as you follow me.”

Then I remembered verse one of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”. By very nature and design, a Shepherd is to be followed. Sheep follow their shepherd, trusting that he will lead them to food and shelter and that he will keep them safe along the way.

According to John 10:11, Jesus is your Good Shepherd. You become His sheep, when you follow Him, trusting Him to care for you and provide what you need along life’s path. As you do, you are promised that “Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the LORD and His presence shall be my dwelling place.” Psalm 23:6, Amplified

Isn’t that a comforting promise? As you follow Jesus, His goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow you! So that means, whatever 2015 brings your way, it is going to be a good year!

  • Because God is good
  • Because His mercies are new every morning
  • Because His faithfulness continues to all generations
  • Because His love will never, not in a million years, fail you
  • Because He takes excellent care of those who follow Him!!

Let’s pray.

As 2014 comes to an end and we stand on the cusp of 2015, how comforting to know, Father, that as I follow Jesus, Your goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow me. Help me to rest in that Lord and to encourage others with it as well. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen

Following Him with you . . . Your Friend in Ministry,

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