Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gather Together

Life Groups, Small Groups, Home Groups, Fellowship Groups.

These are all nice little catch phrases for a simple but a necessary community in my Christian faith.  It all came to a head when I was off on a little "spiritual retreat" last month.  I enjoyed the non-cooking, non-cleaning, non-demanding schedule of errands and parenting.  It was just James and I in a small but quaint cabin while he went off teaching.  I spent the majority of the day listening to music, praying silently, times of confession, digging into God's Word, journaling and other spiritual disciplines.  I took a break to do some winter trail running.  Practically perfect in EVERY WAY!

Well, it is easy to live the Christian life in a cabin in the woods.  But, reality hit like a cast iron pan when I came home.  My wonderful little blessings can drive me straight to MY HEAVENLY Father's feet.  I need Him and His strength to deal with the not so nice areas in my life.

blessed are the feet of those who bring GOOD NEWS
Our Life Group is a fun but probing group that challenges me in my Island thinking.  God knew we needed one another. Often I am left with spiritual food I hadn't thought of before.  Thankfully, we all come from different backgrounds and it is a blessing.  I had to snap a photo of the wonderful believers in Christ God has allowed to surround me.

My Challenge to you, if you are not in a group of believers GET IN ONE!