Happy Tuesday, Berry,
I woke with a pep in my step, excited for what today is. Today we launch little pieces of our hearts called Blessed Conversations to this little community of women which has grown to the thousands over the past three years.
This ministry has been a gift to my life in more ways than I can count, and I praise Him for the blessings, the learning experiences, and everything in between.
I've also had a small group for even longer than three years. We've celebrated the blessings and cried at the hardships together. These women have been in my life for when my marriage was struggling, through miscarrying, through Blessed is She being born, through it all. I have friendships that have spoken life into me, friendships that have helped me get up after feeling so lost I didn't think getting up was an option.
I have friendships that have been Jesus to me when I thought Jesus was nowhere to be found.
This. This is why female friendships, small groups, Christ-centered relationships mean the world to me and to this community of women.
I truly don't know where I would be today if I hadn't cultivated and nurtured these friendships, if I hadn't spent time getting to know another sister's heart, if I hadn't taken the time to hear her experience with our God.
Whether this sounds like you or it sounds like the complete opposite of you, that is okay. It is okay to have a totally different perspective of female friendships or small groups. I pray for healing for your heart if it has been hurt, I pray for wholeness in you if you feel fractured in some way, I pray for courage for you as you take these hurts to Jesus, our everlasting friend and Savior.
Let's step out of ourselves, let's be filled with the courage of the One who sits beside each of us, who models for us what true community and love looks like.
It's time to reach out, to pick up the phone and call, to ask your friend if she will hear your heart as you hear hers.
This work is important, this cultivating of holy friendships. And He is with us, every step of the way.
Grab these studies we've made for you, meet up with a friend for coffee, reflect with a Blessed is She sister on pieces of our faith, and discuss it with your friend.
Let's till some holy soil.
| To being brave, |
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