One thing I am thankful to God for is that I am rich with Godly women who can impart to me godliness. If you want to follow Jesus for the rest of your life, a Godly community is A MUST! The old saying is true, take out a hot burning coal from the rest of the coals and it will grow cold. Lesson is, stay with the hot burning coals.
I believe it’s a gift that it is almost effortless for us women to talk, add to that, about anything! In cultivating relationships though, there is a call for transparency and authenticity so as to build what is necessary for these relationships to be sustained. Relationships go deeper as we build trust. I am blessed to have my safe avenues for some issues in life to be talked about, women I have grown comfortable with. Comfortable but not without correction or confrontation. Only, it is done in gentleness and love. At first it may feel awkward, like any firsts, but women can and will always be willing to warm-up at any conversation with coffee, pastry or tea. 😉
Admit it, women (the humankind actually) need meaningful conversations. Here are the Top 3 Benefits I have experienced as I opened my life to other Godly women and made it intentional.
Influence. Faith increases in a group of faith-filled people. Hope rises in a group of encouraging people. And so is the opposite. That’s the power of influence. Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a company of fools suffers harm.”
Friendship. I found fun and humor along the way, and also trusted people whom I can confide to in times of uncertainty and doubt. This is the part where you have learned to love and like the people surrounding you, not that they are not likable or lovable, but just the deeper way. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”
Shared Lives. This is the part where we learn from each other, also called discipleship. Life-sharing is allowing yourself to be mentored and to mentor in specific areas of life. Careful not to look at yourself higher than others but give yourself an opportunity to learn. Listen to what others are going through and what character the Lord is teaching them.