How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity (Psalm 133:1). I read this repeatedly one morning and I couldn’t help but reflect on the Christian women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and forming friendships with here in Pittsburgh.
There’s been encouragement, sympathy, laughter, and advice. There’s simply been a camaraderie that is reassuring and comforting. Some have always had a personal relationship with Jesus and others (like myself) have only recently found it. There’s a constant acknowledgment and awareness of how we’re trying our best at anything we set out to do, but we also recognize that we are in constant need of His grace. We feel comfortable enough to share our shortcomings, our opinions, our goals, and our lessons learned; all with one purpose: to help each other grow in Christ.
I leave any interaction – whether a short catch up or a lengthy gathering – feeling re-energized. It must be a powerful meeting when a tired and overwhelmed mom of 3 manages to find energy! Hah. How beautiful is it that women can come together, all from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and still feel united simply because of their love for Jesus? 1 Peter 3:8 tells us to be like minded, to be sympathetic, to love one another, to be compassionate, and to be humble. Each one of those statements describes the sentiments that we provide to each other, but that last word stands out because without humility the connection simply wouldn’t work.
I am a blessed woman to have found these ladies in my life and it’s a testament to Proverbs 27:17 that tells us “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
You can also find this post (as well as a few others from me) as a guest blog post contributor on Learning Grace Through Motherhood