I remember the first day we brought our first baby boy home –it was over ten years ago.
To enter our house there were 4 steps to go up and as I stepped up onto the first step I fell completely flat on my face – my leg gave out. Luckily, my husband was carrying the baby. But I said to him – “something is wrong with my leg, it is numb and I can’t bear my weight on it”. It had been numb in the hospital for 2 days (I thought the epidural was still wearing off) but I didn’t realize how weak it was.
In days to come, I would learn through a visit with the neurologist that I had injured my leg during my delivery and that the nerves in my leg had lost connection with my brain. The synapses in the nerve that told my brain to tell my muscles to work had lost connection and now my body wasn’t functioning quite right. If you’ve had health problems, you know how frustrating it is when a part of your body isn’t doing what it should -when a part of your body shuts down or clogs up or deteriorates.
In Romans 12:5 it says,
In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
In Christ we are one body.
You belong to me and I belong to you – each member belongs to all the others…
You belong – God’s word says it.
We are connected to one another because “we who are many are one body“.
Do you feel connected to the body of Christ – the church?
Or do you feel like my leg? When you are around Christians — there’s a disconnect.
Fall is here and it’s a great time to get involved in Women’s Bible Studies and fall groups that take place within your church body. I want to encourage you to look for ways to connect and be brave – get involved.
If there is nothing like this happening in your church – I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and lead! Start a group for moms, singles, new wives, divorced women, homeschool moms, preschool moms, empty nesters or widows! Take the initiative.
Not sure what to do with this group you would form? Here’s one idea. You could become an accountability group. A group of women who email each other every week day to keep each other accountable in your quiet times. Or you could meet weekly to discuss an on-line Bible study you are all doing together.
Every month I write twice over at GoodMorningGirls.org. There we gather women together into groups called Good Morning Girls groups. Some of these groups never meet in real life. They simply email or create a facebook group and every morning check in on each other and encourage each other. Other groups meet weekly in homes or in churches.
This fall we are offering a FREE 8 Week Bible Study through Luke 17-24. We provide FREE daily Bible reading plans, free study guides, videos and devotionals. Our materials are translated into over 10 different languages and we have children’s resources for moms who want to use the study with their children.
Enrollment has already begun this past Monday and in two short days already over 5,000 women have enrolled!!! So I encourage you to come check all the excitement out!
“What are you doing personally to make your church family more warm and loving? There are many people in your community who are looking for love and a place to belong. The truth is, everyone needs and wants to be loved, and when people find a church where members genuinely love and care for each other you would have to lock the doors to keep them away.”
Let’s use this new season of fall to greet our sister’s in Christ with a warm smile or hug. Let’s reach out to visitors to make them feel more comfortable and like they belong. Let’s pray for our sister’s in Christ and send them letters of encouragement. Let’s forgive those who have offended us. Let’s extend grace, mercy and kindness in all circumstances. And finally, let’s develop deep friendships with accountability and a place for women to belong.
Walk with the King,
**Chime In: Do you have a group of women you do life with? What type of group is it? –A Bible study group, Mops group, Good Morning Girls group, or something else? Tell us about your group and what you all do together and how you have seen God work through your connection with your sisters in Christ.