The once a month gathering of women around the table looks like community. Some faces remain constant and others change, but the willingness to share life is still evident. Dinner or snacks are shared and conversation begins as soon as the first woman steps through the door. Life that is shared is life that is lived well.
How do we grow what has begun and cause it to spill over into day to day life between the monthly meetings?
Hebrews 10 asks us a similar question:
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, NIV
Let’s consider how encouraging one another will look as we grow community on the in-between days.
I am learning how community grows when:
I wait for God’s timing rather than work to arrive at a solution on my own.
Gathering women together does not need an agenda because God will show up no matter what.
It looks like nothing is happening but actually everything is happening. God never stops working!
Checking in individually with the women or inviting one or more to coffee allows for the conversation to keep going.
Worrying about encouraging one another in the in–between ceases because God will grow us in His perfect timing.
Photo by Mary Geisen
What does community look like for you? If you are in a season of growing the conversation around the table to a deeper place, what does this look like? What lessons are you learning as you lean into encouraging one another?
I used to worry when the monthly gathering approached and very few had responded they were coming. If a certain number of women weren’t present, I believed I should cancel. My dream consisted of how the community could grow and go deeper into relationship. I hurried along what wasn’t mine to hurry along.
God is holding my dream in His hands and releasing pieces when He is ready. Dreaming is wonderful and God will grow it as it aligns with His plan and timing.
My worry over bigger community, deeper relationships, an encouraging environment are wasted when I look at what God already promises.
If you bow low in God’s awesome presence, he will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in his hands. Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7, TPT
Today we have the opportunity to follow God as He leads. Our lives grow richer when we let go of those things that were never meant to be in our control. God is always on time with an abundance of grace.
Let’s continue to encourage women in our lives in whatever that looks. Create a space to gather and then let God do the work. Patiently pursue your dream knowing God is always on time.
May you enter into community as the heartbeat of your soul and the gift of grace from God.