It had been a couple of months since I’d been to Bible study and I was super pumped to finally be able to go back. (I hadn’t been able to go because I didn’t have a babysitter.) As I was driving home after meeting with my precious group of ladies, I was reminded how much I had missed our time together.
You see, I have no doubt that each and every one of us need community. Here are my 3 reminders why we need community!
1. We Are Refreshed and Renewed
The afternoon before I was heading back to Bible study I was consumed with my to-do list. And if I’m being totally honest, I’ll admit that it had overtaken my thoughts and was stressing me out! Definitely not a fun feeling. Later that night as I sat with my trusted friends I was able to let go of everything that had been weighing me down and not think about it for a little while. It felt so good!
Maybe you’re like me and you need to sit and chat with friends so that you can “turn off your mind” and be refreshed and renewed. You’ll be so glad you did!
2. We Are Encouraged
Do you ever feel like you’re the only person going through trials or hard seasons in your life? Maybe you don’t, but I do (my hand is raised)!
As I sat with those ladies, they shared their struggles and things they were going through. Hearing their stories reminded me that I’m not the only person in this life that is going through hard times. Now, they might not be going through the same thing I’m going through but it is encouraging to know that someone else is going through a hard time…or even that they’ve been through a hard time and made it through!
Being in community with others encourages us…both in the good times and the bad!
3. We Need Each Other
We were made for community, friends. As I was pondering this thought I was reminded of Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Then I decided to dig a bit deeper and found two new (to me) verses that really stuck out to me.
Galatians 6:2 – “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
If you’re not in community with others how can anyone bear your burden? You’re probably not sharing with anyone which means that you’re doing life alone. (Sorry if that steps on your toes but my purpose here is to help you live an abundant life.) You’re supposed to be there for people and others are supposed to be there for you.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Wow, that’s a powerful verse! If I fall and don’t have a community of believers or friends around me there won’t be anyone there to lift me up. Yes, the Lord is always there for us, but He also puts people in our lives to help and encourage us to grow in our daily walk with Him.
We weren’t meant to do life alone…we need each other!
A Note to Moms of Littles
Simply put, you need time away from your kiddos!
When I got home from Bible study that night I put Dalton to bed. Trent normally puts him to bed but on the nights when I do we read books and then sing a few songs. He generally doesn’t want to sing but wants to be put in his bed.
Well this particular night after we read I started singing and he just laid there in my arms for the longest time. It was such a sweet time because that rarely happens nowadays. But it made me think, maybe he appreciated me more by leaving for a little while.
Maybe your family will appreciate you leaving for a few hours to refresh and renew yourself.
Time away in community with others will look different for everyone but you need to take the time for yourself. Maybe it’s having coffee with a friend, getting together with a group of ladies for a Bible study or joining a M.O.P.S. group in your area.
I may not know what that looks like for you but maybe you need to listen to that little tug on your heart!