Sisters in Christ

Lead By: Sister Mary Grimes

                                                                                

 

LADIES BIBLE STUDY

7PM 1st & 3rd Monday of each month

 

Come join us for some wonderful fellowship and Bible teaching.

Bring a dish or dessert to join us in Fellowship
 

                                                      

                                                                               

Sisters add so much beauty and love to my life.

On top of all these undeserved blessings, I have a many deep friendships that feed my soul and make life richer. These ladies listen to me without judgment, they care for my heart, and they speak into my life with wisdom and insight. They care about the things I care about. It’s incredible how a conversation over a glass of Tea can turn my whole week around.

We need women who pour into our lives and allow us to know and love them.

Friendships are no small thing — in fact, they are hugely important. When I was younger, friendship was convenient and easy. The girls I played with at recess were my friends. If you like handball — great! We were friends. And if that friendship ended, although it might have been hard, there was someone else to make friends with.

As I’ve grown, friendships have become more complex. Life is busy. Marriage, kids, and family life demands so much. There is laundry to do, dishes to wash, emails to send. The daily stuff of life is overwhelming — and sometimes friendships take a backseat.

I’ve been challenged in the past year or so to consider the importance of friendship.

It’s good for my soul. It makes the world better and brighter. It smoothes out my rough edges. It makes my marriage stronger and helps me to be a better mother.

 

What does a healthy friendship look like? I have three strategies for building better friendships:

1. Listen without judgment.

Each of us wants to be loved despite our imperfections. We need to be loved. And we are broken people. Letting another person into our brokenness is scary. But when that person listens with love and doesn’t judge, it frees us from shame. It empowers us to be more whole. If we have another person by our side, to face our fears with us, it’s so much less scary.

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” {Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV}

[Hope in the form of an encouraging word]

2. Seek out positive women.

Negativity is exhausting. It’s a drain on our energy. (And energy is a precious resource!) Positivity builds us up and helps us to keep going. Hope in the form of an encouraging word can change our perspective. And we have hope! I want to surround myself with women who laugh easily, find the good in any situation, and encourage my heart.

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” {Romans 5:5, NIV}

3. Put in the effort.

Friendships require time, energy and nurturing. Nothing that matters comes easily. Even friendships that start out easy will at some point encounter difficulty. To be close with another person means that we will have conflict. Feelings get hurt. Misunderstandings happen. If we can engage in honest conversation and work through the messy stuff of life, we will see our friendships deepen and become more precious. Friends who fight with us, cry with us, and even get angry with us are the most precious kind. When it’s easier to walk away, don’t. Engage, be honest. A true friendship will endure.

“Better is open rebuke, than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” {Proverbs 27:5-6, NASB}

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