A Girlfriend Adventure Begins
You know that feeling you get when something big is on the horizon? That feeling of excitement? It’s a little like a caffeine high – jittery, but not jumpy – and without the whole high blood pressure issue. That’s the way I feel and I haven’t had any caffeine since this morning (since I’m only allowed caffeine in the morning because of this blood pressure thing….but, I’m not bitter, right?)
I feel like I’m setting out on a new adventure (even without the caffeine). I’m co-leading a women’s book study on Sunday night (Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World) and I realize that many people don’t consider this an adventure, but it is. A room full of women who are there to talk about God’s will in their lives – that, my dear friends, is an ADVENTURE!
There’s something wonderful that happens when women decide to spend time together studying God’s word. As I looked around the room last Sunday night, I was just in awe. In this room of 25 women, there are few that I know more than just the casual conversation at church, but I know that the Lord has plans to grow relationships – and that’s always an adventure.
I was in a Tuesday morning Bible study in 2002 and from that study God put my feet on the path to an amazing adventure – a girlfriend adventure. It was through the relationships and the adventures we shared (good and bad) that God placed the message in my heart that is the basis for my new book, Girlfriends, God, and Grace . The years from 2002 until I sold the book to Thomas Nelson in January 2008, were years of adventure, turmoil, fun, and strife. These are years I wouldn’t trade for anything. They weren't all fun, in fact some of it was downright painful, but God taught me so much along the way. I learned that friendship is a gift from God. I learned that not everyone always has your best interest at heart (that was a tough lesson). I learned that friendships are not static – they move and change. Reminds me of Jell-o … always moving and wiggling. That’s friendship. It’s constantly moving.
As I think about our Sunday night Bible study group I pray – Lord, bind us together in our love for You. Lord, I thank you for each lady in this group. And thank you Lord for another chance at friendship.
I don’t know what relationships will come from this group, but I know that some will come. I’m praying for God’s hand in all that we do in our group. I’m praying that God is at the center of all that we do. I’m clinging to this scripture:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
I haven't always been the best friend, but I’m trusting God will make my path straight.
So, I’m waiting – with that caffeine high sense of excitement – for the next Girlfriends Adventure.