Today I had the opportunity to join my friend Lindsay at a fellowship meeting hosted by her church, Lakeshore City Church. It is called Sisterhood and it is a community of women gathering together to worship, read scripture, and pray for one another. I immediately felt welcomed as women greeted me with joyful smiles. One woman in particular was busy rearranging the tables and setting up an information table. Her name is Janice, her servant heart lead her to prepare the small details that make such an event feel inviting, and she is also a part of the Unveiled Wife Community! I was so blessed to see this group of women genuinely care about each other as well as witnessing their passion for God.
The time we had to spend together was opened with a few worship songs. The first one included these lyrics, “Spirit rain, flood into our thirsty hearts again!” We were all worshipping God, singing songs to praise Him, and inviting His Holy Spirit to lead us. Another song that particularly touched my heart was an oldie! We sang in unison, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus; What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” I thought about the sin in my life, feeling guilty for being weak, ashamed that I fail so many times. Then we got to the these lyrics, “Oh! Precious is the flow, That makes me white as snow!” Peace washed over me in that moment and God reminded me that He has already forgiven me. More than that, He washed me white as snow, purifying me, so that I may be more like Him! God’s grace filled my heart, a beautiful moment for me.
After we praised God, the Pastor’s wife, Louise, guided us through Ephesians 1. The study was amazing and very relevant for all of us, I believed tailored by the Holy Spirit to influence each one of us, no matter what each of us are currently facing! The message I received was that we should not have an identity crisis if we belong to Christ. We need to know who we are in Christ! Also, we must understand our purpose in Christ regardless of our circumstance. We should be able to praise God for the blessings we have received, despite hardships we may be in the midst of. Our identity and self worth should be rooted in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” This resounded in my heart, for I naturally lean towards fear, often crippled by its oppression. However, if I find my identity in Christ, then I am released of fear and I can live in power, love, and discipline. Thank you Lord for reminding me again!
Louise also encouraged each of us to continue to be a part of a community where we can fellowship with other believers! For if we live in isolation, then our own thoughts may bombard us, something I have experienced and know all too well. Fellowship is so valuable because we can pray for one another and affirm each other, focusing on God and others instead of ourselves. So I extend what I learned to you! I hope that this encourages you and motivates you to find a place where you can fellowship. Check out your church, or another church’s ministry, or start your own!
I wanted to give a special shout out to all the ladies I had the pleasure of meeting today! You are all so beautiful and I am blessed to have met you!