Last night I got a breath of fresh air. I spent time in sacred space: with my Seesters.
A couple of years ago, my sweet friend, Erin, and I wrangled together a small women’s bible study group. We wanted some sharp ladies to dig into the meat of the Word with, and a place where we could pour into our little sisters spiritually. What we got was a Sisterhood.
I’m not talking about anything wacko, I just mean this group of bigs and littles became so much more than a bible study. Somehow we went from poring through scriptures to pouring out our souls. We ended up doing life together. We studied, questioned, prayed, talked, listened, laughed, and cried. Sometimes we followed a plan for the evening, and sometimes God made one of His own. It was a beautiful, miraculous, holy thing.
Whoever said we only need God in this world was mistaken. We need each other, too. One of the two greatest commandments makes it pretty clear how critical our relationships are with one another:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
When you think about it, it’s no wonder so many women walk through this life lonely. We’re so conditioned to compete with each other, judge each other, tear each other down, and harbor jealousy— when God always intended us to help and serve and cherish one another. It takes a dash (well, maybe a heap) of humility and a whole lot of courage to make yourself vulnerable and accountable to others, but gosh, when we get it right– amazing things happen. Loneliness leaves, marriages improve, families heal, illnesses reverse, and faith deepens…
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. All you need is a kitchen table and maybe a pitcher of water. Invite a friend, neighbor, relative, co-worker, or fellow church attendee (or two) over to talk about a few bible verses and what they mean to you. Spend time chatting about kids, family, work, or what you see going on in the world today. God can use that, I promise you. I’m not saying everything will turn around in a millisecond (although He can do that…), but I can assure you, the burdens you bear don’t have to be carried alone. I pray that the Lord would bring together a group of Seesters for you to serve, lean on, and pour into. You are so lovable and so worth it.