Can’t believe it’s been almost a week since my last blog post! Hope ya’ll haven’t checked out on me! I’ve got some stuff swirling in my head that needs to be typed out, but this has been a crazy busy week and I just haven’t had a chance till now to sit and think. But the crazy busy for the most part has been a good crazy busy – I’ve gotten to spend some time with a couple of friends I haven’t had much face time with lately and I’ve had a couple more meetings this week than usual. And tomorrow is Fah-ri-day!
So just to catch you up…
Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of spending an hour with several members of my worship family discussing one of the core values at my church…authentic relationships. In this particular value, our heart for our church body is to mirror the same honest and genuine relationships Jesus had with others in the relationships we have with people in our own lives.
We loved you so much that we were delighted
to share with you not only the gospel of God
but our lives as well,
because you had become so dear to us.
1 Thessalonians 2:8
That’s a huge part of authentic relationships. Not just sharing the gospel, but actually doing life together. Becoming involved in each others lives enough to support and uplift each other, to encourage each other, to pray for each other, to hold each other accountable, to love each other.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds.
Let us not give up meeting together,
as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another
—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
A precious reminder of the importance of fellowship within the body of Christ. We can’t been islands. We need each other.
And as I’m typing this and thinking back over my week, I can’t help but smile at how precious God is in not just telling us but showing us as well. I spent part of Sunday afternoon talking about God’s views of authentic relationships and in looking back, I see over and over how He’s shown me throughout this week what authentic relationships really look like.
Monday morning, I met with a few folks from my worship family to talk through some songs. Love hanging out with them. Love listening to songs and worshipping with them. Ashley, Scott, and Susan – three truly authentic people…three lovers of Jesus.
On Monday night, I had an amazing dinner with my precious friend Mary Kathryn. We gabbed over panini’s and had a wonderful chat. Her honesty and encouragement is valuable beyond measure. She feels your feelings right along with you but won’t let you sit in the pit. She beautifully reminds me of who I am in Christ when I’ve momentarily forgotten. And her laugh is absolutely glorious! If you haven’t been and checked out her blog, Beauty for Ashes, then get on over there and give it a read!
Tuesday morning, I had coffee and Jesus with two sweet friends, Mandi and Deb. Mandi is planning a wedding (*insert girly squeals here*)…Deb and I got to offer encouragement for her in the midst of a bit of chaos. What a priviledge to be able to pour love on someone else. We laughed, we got in the Word, we talked about wedding dresses. What a blessed time. And even more of a blessing…my mom and her friends were also at the coffee shop having coffee, laughing, and encouraging each other just a couple of tables away. Precious.
Tuesday night, there was a vision casting gathering for our worship family at church. A time of sharing, encouraging, and of zeroing in on where we want to be as a ministry, as individuals, and as a family. A time of recentering our focus on the One who is the Reason for everything we do.
Wednesday morning was Bible study with some of the most incredible women! God’s gentle reminder for us that morning was just how beautiful we are to Him, how precious we are to Him, how much He loves us. And then to have the pleasure of digging into His word with these women! What a wonderful way to begin a day!
Wednesday night, I had dinner with another precious friend, Emily. She is just the sweetest thing ever. We talked about our lives, we talked about our families, we talked about Jesus. She’s got the sweetest heart ever. So full of grace with such a passion for others to know Christ’s love.
After I got home Wednesday night, I got into a coughing fit (gotta love that pollen) and Hubby, that darling man, got up out of bed and fixed me a hot tea with honey and lemon. He truly has the heart of a servant. God gave me an amazing gift when He gave me that man.
And then today, I went to the doctor because, well after all that coughing, Hubby said that I needed to go. My doctor is the kindest man, a Godly man. He never rushes through an appointment, takes time to answer my questions and explain his reasons for giving me this medicine or not giving me that. He sat and contemplated for a moment what the best treatment option would be instead of just scribbling out a prescription for something I didn’t need. God’s love is so evident in how he truly cares for his patients.
So, a busy week so far…yes! But a blessed week so far…most definitely! A week full of authentic relationships in Christ.
How about you? What examples of authentic relationships has God shown you lately?