Our new 'season' of the Wednesday morning women's Bible study I attend began this morning. I love, love, love this group and I'm so thankful that God originally called me to it last year. It was an enormous factor in my growth in my faith throughout the year last year and I made some awesome new friends, as well as getting to know some previous acquaintances on a deeper level. There are some new faces this time around and I'm excited to develop new relationships with these women as well.
I always feel so refreshed after leaving the church, so connected and more understood than I ever have felt anywhere else. The way we are able to open up and discuss the Gospel and Jesus freely with each other, without judgement and reservations is just incredible. Plus, the food's always good, too. I struggle with so much sin in my life and I can get really down on myself trying to deal with it on my own. I start to feel lonely and ugly and scared and depressed. However, getting these fears and failures off my chest and sharing in the hope and love of Jesus in the company of these women just uplifts me in a way I could never explain. Having the assurance that I'm not alone in my struggles goes a long way in refreshing my spirit and preparing my heart for another week out there in our broken, sinful world.
I pray that God will continue to bless our group and His Spirit will dwell among us as this year as we study the Gospel of Mark.