I want to take a moment to talk about something special. The bonds between Christian women.
At the beginning of this year, I began participating in a women’s Bible study. We call ourselves the “Share Group.” We are a group of 10 women who span in ages from our 30s to our 60s, with all the decades in-between represented. When we first started meeting, some of the ladies had known one another for years, and some had never met, or at least knew very little of each other. We meet every other week, and it has been a blessing to get to know each other better. Our “share time” – the first hour of our meeting – increasingly has more depth, as has our study time (the second hour). We talk about things from the trivial to the deep, and what is talked about in our circle never leaves the circle.
I don’t share this all to brag that I’m in a secret club or anything. Rather, I wanted to impress on you how important it is to surround ourselves with Christian sisters. As much as I love my husband, there are some things that he just cannot understand, being a man. Men’s brains are not wired as women’s are. Have you ever just had this wave of emotions that try to come out as words that instead end up more like verbal vomit, only to have your spouse look at you like you just sprouted two heads? Girlfriends understand how it feels to be on that roller coaster of emotions, and can honestly tell you when you’re perfectly normal, or when you may need to back away from the ledge and take a chill pill. And you will listen to them, because they understand and don’t think you need to be institutionalized.
Having a “share group” like mine does several things…
- It brings together wisdom, perspective and viewpoints from all paths of life.
- It allows us to be bathed in the power of prayer.
- It increases our circle of friendship and strengthens our Christian bonds.
- It “fills our cup” and equips us to go back to our daily lives and be better wives, mothers and friends.
- It gives us the security that someone “has our back” when it counts.
- It’s encouragement for our daily walk with God.
You may be thinking, “That’s all fine and good but I just don’t have time for one more thing.” My response is that if it’s important enough you can find the time. I have been so blessed by this group of women and being with them definitely helps me “recharge”. I would encourage you to seek out other Christian women to connect with. It may be out of your comfort zone to do so, but more often than not, those women need you as much as you need them!
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25