Saturday, December 17, 2011

Life Group

There never has been any doubt in my mind that God knows what's best.  It's just that sometimes, it can be hard to step out of the boat and do it!  Back in late September, God put it on my heart to join a Life Group at church.  I wrestled and wrestled with this, but was obedient and signed up.  I received information about numerous Life Groups and was supposed to pick the top three I'd like to join.  Sounds easy enough right?  Wrong!!  Many of the groups were for married only.  The few singles and/or married & singles (and I mean few) wouldn't work because of meeting times, location, etc...  After looking through the list over and over, I called my mom bawling.  I just knew the hardest part of this would just be stepping out and actually signing up.  I didn't know it was going to be such work to find one where I fit.  Honestly, I was left feeling alone and unwanted.

That's where God comes in.  Isn't that when He always comes in - when we are at the end of ourselves?  The following Sunday I saw my sweet friend Aimee in the atrium at church.  She said she couldn't believe she was bumping into me and that she wanted to run something by me.  She was inviting me to join her and some other single ladies for lunch after church.  I couldn't believe my ears.  I knew I had I just found my Life Group!  I was praising God the whole day!!

It's hard to put yourself out there and get to know new people.  The first few times we met I was very nervous.  But, I didn't need to be.  These gals are the sweetest, most accepting group of Christian women ever!  I always leave our time together so uplifted, encouraged, and knowing that I'm not alone in this season of singlehood.  I'm so thankful for the way they've welcomed me in, and I'm so thankful that God nudged me out the boat I was in! 
Tonight we got together for a little Christmas party.  We had a delicious dinner with easy conversation throughout.  Then we played this game.  (Can't remember the name for the life of me...)  The point of it was to "expose yourself" and to also guess who revealed what.  When I heard the directions, it was not a game I wanted to play.  After all, I was still getting to know most of them and there were a few I'd never met.  But, like I mentioned earlier, there's just something about these women that make you comfortable and accepted.  We had so much fun getting to know each other better and laughed until we cried! 

I can't tell you how wonderful it is to spend time with people who are walking the same road I am.  It feels good to look at these beautiful women and know that there's not something wrong with me and that I'm not the only one wishing, hoping, dreaming, and praying for something more.  I know God sent them to me and I'm especially grateful for that tonight!