You Are Not Alone
As many of you know, 2016 started for me with the realization that I am still a sufferer and a sinner. On the day when I felt the most overwhelmed I called a friend who I knew would understand. I was able to tell her honestly about my pain and about how discouraged I was by my less-than-perfect response to it. She encouraged me by reminding me of the grace of God in the gospel – my hope for forgiveness of sins and an end to suffering. In the moments when we’re so weak that we can’t see the gospel clearly, God has given us one another as a means of grace.
Every single one of us needs each other like this. One of our desires for Verity Fellowship is that you will be able forge unique friendships with other women. In addition to being followers of Christ, you are also gospel ministers. Some of you do that vocationally, and there are struggles that are unique to what you are doing. Ministry is always an act of self-sacrificial service and always requires loving difficult people. Some of you are at the stage of life where you are primarily taking care of your kids, ministering the Bible to them. I don’t think that I could have made it through those years with my mind (and children!) intact without the support of fellow moms. Others of you serve with youth, children, people new to town or those in financial need. The load is lightened considerably when you can turn to a sister whom you know will understand completely, one who can point you to Jesus, pray for you, and provide you with wise advice. No matter what it looks like, we are all part of a group of women Jesus has called to minster to others in the Northwest at this time. We want to band together to labor for Christ’s glory.
Taylor and I have been praying about ways to help create these kinds of relationships. Here are a two ideas.
1. At the Verity Forum on May 7th we are creating “Birds of a Feather” groups. You’ll be able to sign up for a group that fits your particular ministry and then meet with those women. Each group will be facilitated by a woman who is experienced in that area of ministry. We hope that you’ll be able to get to know each other, share resources, pray for each other and then continue to stay connected throughout the year. (Registration begins next month!)
2. We also hope that our posts can begin to invite more interaction from you. All of the women connected to Verity Fellowship would benefit from hearing YOUR thoughts in the comments section of the blog or on Facebook. Our content barely scratches the surfaces of all that there is to say about each topic. Your input will help us deepen our thinking and reveal practical application to each of our lives and ministries.
In light of that, we’d love to hear your stories today! What are some of the experiences you have had in which God used a sister in Christ to encourage you? Or how would connecting to someone who is ministering in a similar way help?
You are not alone!
Downloadable media from Verity Forum 2016 is now available.