By nature, I’m an introvert. When walking into a room, I prefer to come in unnoticed, rather than “make an entrance”! I function best as a “behind the scenes” person; I am most at ease when working hard in the background to accomplish a task. When in a group setting, I prefer to sit back, let others speak up. It’s uncomfortable for me to share my life with many people.
That said, I know that God created us to live in community. His desire for us is to share our lives with others… including all of the ups, the downs, and challenges of life. I believe God uses the challenges in our lives to allow us to encourage others going through similar situations. But for me, this is a stretch. Even though I know this is God’s desire.
When asked to be part of a Table Group, I reluctantly said yes, knowing that God wanted me to be part of it, but also knowing that it was outside of my comfort zone. So for the past two years I’ve been in a Table. I have grown to know and truly love women of various ages and life stages. We share, we laugh, we cry and we love and encourage each other. We are growing and deepening our relationship with each other and the Lord. And it’s interesting…despite our wide range of backgrounds, ages and life experiences we have so much in common. It’s amazing! God uses all of our life experiences, as we share them, in other’s lives.
It has been a stretching, but extremely positive part of my life. Do I still love opening up and sharing my life? It’s not my favorite thing to do; but honestly, I know that’s what God wants me to do. He made us with the desire in our hearts to love others and be loved, to share our lives with others.
If you are looking to make a connection, find new friends, or join in fellowship, I would encourage you to check out the Table Gathering for the fall kick-off on Thursday, September 7. If you have questions or would like more information, there will be a signup table in the foyer on Sunday, August 20 and 27. Please come, enjoy a meal and a taste of what it’s like to be part of a Table Group.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)
Philippians 1:3-6: I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.continue reading
One of the best definitions I’ve ever heard for the meaning of character is this: Character is “who you are when no one is looking.” Some people’s character may be considered strong and others incredibly weak but we all have a measure of it. It’s those quality traits within a single person that initiate discipline, vision, endurance, respectfulness, mercy, and etc. Although character traits are revealed to self and unto others by one’s display of certain qualities, it’s not merited upon any kind of accomplishment nor is calculated upon how others perceive you. Our character is the essence that makes up the one unique you. No two of us are alike.continue reading
The Zambia Mission Team just returned home from our trip to serve Family Legacy in Lusaka, Zambia where Danny Lightner and his family now serve. Before we left, we collected books to take with us to fill one of the Family Legacy school libraries. Thanks to your generosity, we collected over 1,000 books! Thank you! Pastor Danny and his family are doing very well and they send their love, hugs and greetings.continue reading