Did you ever make (or have) a really good meal that you wanted to share with everyone around? But the more you looked, the more you realized there was no one who wanted to share it with you? You offered it to some people and they turned you down (perhaps even politely) or turned up their nose at your offer? Or maybe, you see what other people are eating and you want a bite, but no one is willing to share with you…ever happen to you?
While this is true with some of the nutritious and delicious food we physically consume, it’s also true with the spiritual food we crave and digest.
Lately, I have been craving God’s Word…like CRAVING it…can’t get enough of it. I read and read and I’m feasting and learning so much about Him, His goodness, His plan for my life…and I want to share it, but no one seems to want to try a bite. And I’ve also seen parts of others’ lives that I know I can learn from, but once again, no one is willing to share or give the recipe.
I’ve been so discouraged and have felt so alone.
I’ve been hungering and thirsting, but there’s no feast!
Or is there?
Elijah felt this same way in 1 Kings 19. He thought he was alone, that he was the only prophet in Israel who had not either bowed a knee to Baal in worship or been killed. But he was wrong. As he was having his pity party, God revealed that there were 7,000 other prophets that had not bowed to Baal. God called Elijah to come out his hiding place in the rock and to be strong. God even ordained for Elijah to then meet Elisha who strengthened him, followed him, and ministered to him.
I want what Elijah had. I want to find a group of Christian women in my local community who would be willing and committed to meet once a week during the day while my son and husband were away. (You see, when I worked, I had other women I interacted with daily. When Bubba was little, I had MOPs which I loved. But as a homemaker, I’m lonely during the day and focused on my family after school. I need something during the weekday.) And I looked, but I couldn’t find this type of group in any of the local churches. I’m a part of an awesone group of moms that meets once a month and we do a book study, but I need something else, something different. I’m also a part of different groups at church that meet once monthly to discuss various ways we can minister to people in our community or our church, but again, I need something different.
I need a place where I can come out of hiding, take off the mask of “I’m fine” and be open, honest, and vulnerable with Christian women who would do the same. I need to feast with women who were also hungering and thirsting for God. I need MUTUAL accountability, where I can share my struggles, temptations, and victories with others and they do the same.
As I was feasting on God’s Word and wanting to share it with others, I shared my heart with a few friends. One in particular stepped up and said “You’re not alone.” Together, we came up with a plan…
And WE’RE HAVING A POT-LUCK!
A time of meeting together, sharing what you have learned or are learning, and glean from other people. A place to bring your best and your worst and feast with others. If you’re starving, this is the place to come. If you’re overflowing with food, we need you too. Women of all ages, from all walks of life, who want to meet together weekly to love on each other and ourselves. A place where we can come in our yoga pants and messy buns and not be judged. A group of women who love the Lord and love each other.
So, even though I couldn’t find such a group, I’m making one! (They say that necessity is the mother of invention, right?) Whether there’s two of us or twenty-two of us, God will use this group to draw women closer to Him. So, Women of the Word (WOW!), let’s FEAST!!!
If you’re local to me and want to join us, let me know.
If you’re not in my area but want (or need) a group like this, start one! Need some advice? Reach out to me.
Now then…LET’S FEAST!!