I missed a women's ministry group.
I remember back in the day when there was a huge women's ministry group in our church. We'd meet every other week & it usually involved going to someone's living room & people would bring snacks.
& we'd go through our workbook we were currently studying & we'd watch the video together & talk about the Bible & what God shows us ... because you get a room full of different ladies & you all are going to hear something different or its going to touch each heart differently.
God is cool like that.
& the best part of the study? You'd get to really know the people in the room with you.
|This is very accurate in my case|
You'd laugh with each other . Cry along with one another. Give support or encouragement when you were able. Give a shoulder to lean on when needed.
... & then the women's ministry just sort of fizzled out...
Since that time, I just always did those work book studies at home by myself. & it was OK - I learned a lot - God still spoke to me - I had new insight into things... but those connections were missing.
So when I saw Angie Smith (you know her - my BFF that doesn't know it yet) was putting out a Bible Study, I thought I'm going to do this...
|Hi Bestie!!! :)|
She immediately was like YES! Let's do it!....
& then time sort of went by - as you it usually does when you're busy in life - & we never really got it started...
& then we talked again about it & knew it was a time in both of our lives that we needed to dig deeper.
She asked if she could ask her momma to join us - of course, I love her momma dearly.
& then I was at a friend's house just talking about something totally different & mentioned that we were going to start this group & she too said how much she missed a women's ministry connection.... jump in with us little momma.
& then right as we are getting ready to start, another friend of ours said she was curious how the Seamless Bible study was & to let us know if it was worth doing. Well, we just knew she had to join us as well.
& BAM... here we are... a group of 5 ladies now who has our own women's ministry. A group that we just all instantly fit in with each other.
I can tell just talking with everyone that God has brought our group together at this time... especially because so much is going on in all of our lives already... & it seems like there are things to learn from every one of the ladies in the group.
We just had our first meeting about a month ago ago & had our 2nd meeting just last week at one of the ladies home because the week before? She had just given birth!! ... which means that is #3 in our little women's ministry :) ... with #4 coming soon - regardless if its a boy or girl (we wont know till delivery day)
But we needed a name to call ourselves...
I mean, if anything, I'm a Instagram kinda gal & I needed a hashtag #priorites
I jokingly said we should call ourselves PUSH - since our one pregnant momma was getting ready to have a baby any day... I mean, it could work.
We PUSH ourselves to become better people.
God PUSHES us to strive to beat sin.
We PUSH each other to be the best we can be.
& then we found the word JOY.
I instantly liked it when I saw someone said it stands for "Just Older Youth"
But then one of the other ladies said she liked this meaning of it...
We had a winning name....
How awesome is that idea?
JOY ... keeping things in order the way it should be
I'm excited to see where our little small group of ladies (& even smaller group of babies) leads... the relationships that come out of this. I already love these ladies something crazy, but its going to be wonderful to grow in Christ with them too.
So if you hear me talk about JOY on things / pictures/ post - you now are caught up on what's going on & what I'm talking about.
I have a feeling I'll be talking about this quite a bit...
Do you have a Women's Ministry group you love?
What's your favorite Bible study?