Fellowship with Christian Women: Worth the Risk

DSC_0003My cheeks were sore from smiling. My mascara was slightly smudged from tears, some of them from laughing and others from listening to an emotional story.

“What time is it?” someone asked.

Rachel hopped off the couch and went to the kitchen to check. “It’s 9:30!”

No one believed her.

“No,” Joy said. “That clock is an hour ahead I think.”

“All the clocks say 9:30!” Rachel responded.

We all jumped out of our seats to head home, as the night had totally gotten away from us. Our “IF:Table” had sparked so many incredible conversations that we completely lost track of time. No one had even been on their phones.

So what is “IF:Table”? “A place to gather women and share a simple meal and dive deep with people over real stories and Christ-centered conversations. A time for a whole lot of laughter- and maybe a few tears- but time spent that leaves us with glad hearts. Full hearts. Grateful hearts.”

Joy always has the table nicely set as well as our "If" discussion questions ready for the evening.
Joy always has the table nicely set, as well as our “If” discussion questions, ready for the evening.

Although I’ve only met with Joy, Faith, and the two Rachel’s twice, each time has certainly left my heart glad, full, and grateful. It’s reminded me of a very important part of my faith: fellowship with other Christian women.

But let’s be honest. Women can be scary, even Christian women. They can be catty. They can be judgmental. They can be self-righteous. If you’re anything like me, and some of my fellow group members, you’ll admit that you’ve sometimes shied away from women groups for those exact reasons.

The problem is, passing up fellowship with Christian women might leave you missing out on what could be a bond with some amazing, likeminded women. There’s a good chance that they will be uplifting, caring, grace-filled, big-hearted women who will strengthen your relationship with Christ.

When our group got together last week, we read a short blog post from Shauna Niequist that talked about the following verse:

Everyone contributes to our meal, whether it's a main dish or dessert!
Everyone contributes to our meal, whether it’s a main dish or dessert!

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Where is the wind blowing you? Where is the Spirit leading you? Is it possible that your life needs a little more fellowship time with Christian women? I encourage you to find a group of Christian women to grow with and fellowship with. Your heart and soul will thank you for it.

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