Thursday, January 26, 2017

The importance of “YOUR PEOPLE”

Last weekend I spoke at a breakout session for a women’s event at my church about having "A Heart of Faith." The whole thing made me so nervous. I’m a writer—and an introvert. I’m not a speaker!

People always say, Yeah, but you teach. Isn’t that the same thing?

Um, no.

I’m not sure what the difference is, but there is a difference, according to my brain. :) 

I have never been so thankful for MY people. There’s lots of buzz words for this today: Your tribe. Your clan. Your besties. Your inner circle.

Whatever you call them, I have never been so thankful for MINE.

Let’s start with my hubs. He couldn’t be at the actual event, of course, but he listened to me practice 5, 873 times (X 30 minutes each round = lots of love!!)

My best friend drove in from out of town to be there. She also got to hear the practice round at least once.

Tomi and my sister—with a ONE MONTH OLD—drove up to hear me. Y’all. That’s precious. My other nephew had his tonsils and adenoids out just a few days before (not the one month old, obvs), so Dancie and Momma were running on E, to say the least!

I had friends in the audience who just came to support me, and I had countless people text me that they were praying for me. Two of my dear friends, who were speaking at the same time (rats!) stopped by my area to check on ME before THEY had to speak. (Wow. J)

I am one blessed woman.

I can’t imagine my life without the people in it. They encourage me, build me up, love me, see me—even when I’m a mess. They help me and support me. They make me laugh and remind me of the important things in life.

At the end of the weekend, although I’d poured out myself, I felt so poured into as well. And the Lord reminded me of Moses in Exodus 17—when Aaron and Hur had to hold up his arms.

We were made to live in community, in fellowship with one another, and it’s okay to lean on someone when you need some help. (Just be sure you’re someone for others to lean on too! :))

If you don’t have YOUR PEOPLE, then find some! Join a Sunday school class or a life group or bible class at your local church. Ask God to bring people into your life for you to do LIFE with. 

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