It’s revealing-your-age TV references.
It’s TMI storytelling and sincere prayer warriors meeting.
The precursor to this lovely event known as Five Minute Friday. Lisa-Jo gives us tools and sets us free in the wild world of writing without hinderance.
Sometimes I have more to say before diving in. But tonight, I’m still basking in the glow of hilarious connections, intentional exchanges, thoughtful prayers and pieces of shared life.
So I’ll keep up my glow and I’ll just dive right in to the word of the week:
Funnily enough, for an extrovert (ENFJ), I certainly find that I can have a habit of mentally setting myself up for failure.
Usually making friends is as natural as breathing for me. Check that…. meeting people is that natural. Making friends – diving deeper than the shiny surface layer – walking life through, letting barriers down, trusting enough to be me.
That takes more time.
And as I get older…I realize…I’m more shy about the whole process.
Maybe experiences in the recent years have halted my forthcoming, outgoing approach. Rejection is never easy. Even if the reason given is as understandably explained away as “cultural differences”,
it still stings.
Even so….the feeling of welcome….well there’s no greater experience is there?
Songs are written about it.
Poems are penned after it.
Anguish is poured out over the absence of it. It is powerful.
As Bruce Willis once perfectly said in The Story of Us: “There’s no greater feeling in the world than of “got me”.”
So when city limits, never meeting face-to-face, ages, backgrounds, experiences…when these don’t stop the gift of welcome from happening…well then there’s really no excuse that can ever make sense or stand up against, can it? When women from anywhere can make women from everywhere feel at home – that’s not magical, that’s Spirit-full. That’s God working in ways mightier than human notion.
Yet that’s what organizations like (in)courage are doing. Even churches who are getting it right – community – they promote how it should be. No blocks of “you belong here more than here”. It’s “you belong here. Yes, right here“. They make ‘here’ anywhere two or more are gathered in His name. That is welcome.
That is hallelujah lovely.
Well ladies, that’s it for me tonight!!! I had such an amazing time at our party-gathering.
Love that we got this gal
to be shushed by her daughter. That’s my goal for next week. The same end! 🙂 She is a terrific sharer of all He is doing in her life. I cherish that.
Love that she is healing
after surgery. Praise God for bringing her through and removing sickness from her body.
Love that she was here.
She is fast becoming someone I can relate to on many levels – and I met here there. She boosts me every week.
I am blessed. There are far more of you women who gift me with happiness and wisdom. Encouragement and the love of the Body. Not seeing your face first isn’t as important as seeing you heart right away. What honor!
And I cannot cease from praising the community I have who IS face-to-face, walking life every day with me. The women who have been my rock for years. In some small cases, decades. I am who I am…I am still here because of you. And you. And you. And you. And…seriously…God is THAT grand that I’m given this family?? Oh yes. My God – your God – He is that grand.
Goodnight friends. May you hold fast to the truth that real community is yours for the having. Keep it. You belong.