Two years ago, as I started thinking about our 2016-2017 school year and all of the changes that a baby turning into a toddler brought. I felt God leading us to be a part of a homeschool co-op.
This is not something I had desired or felt the need for until this point of our journey. The shift happened when God sent us our surprise, Snickle.
As I began to pray I was nudged by the Spirit towards our co-op.
As most co-ops require, I had to apply and go through an interview process.
My sis-in-law was already a part of it and I had heard amazing things about it. (Once even from a hairstylist when taking Sonic in for a cut.) I really felt that this was the fit for our family.
Soon after our application was accepted.
It is an amazingly encouraging place, and a well-oiled machine.
These Mamas get it done!
Towards the end of the school year, they had a sign up for a moms retreat. I really didn’t know what to expect, but God had already shown me so much about these women and their hearts. So I signed up and made my preparations to go.
What I have loved about this group (from day one) is their authenticity. They were welcoming and real. This combination is powerful.
This weekend was no different. The authenticity during our group times was refreshing.
I am convinced (as much as ever) that there is no truer authenticity than a Jesus girl.
Church girls and religious girls are not the same as Jesus girls, but Jesus girls, MAN!
A lady who follows Jesus is powerful. She knows who she is. She steps out in faith. She does the hard work when sanctification comes along to sharpen her.
I didn’t sit at a table where the leaders acted like they had it all together or hid things. This weekend I SAW them.
I would imagine that people who do not follow Christ would have a much harder time sharing the truth. Since Jesus is the TRUTH, I would imagine it next to impossible to share the truth of yourself with even one person.
But I sat at a table crying for women whose hearts were just like mine. I watch their steps and envision my own one day. I pray that I am still loving my children, husband, and parents well. I pray that I will walk the road of release as honestly and as beautifully as they do. I pray that I am still putting myself in the perspective that God has for me when I am in their shoes.
It is their authenticity, the ladies at my church, and the ladies at Lunch with the Girls that answer the call of Titus 2. I have never known anything better than authenticity to help teach the younger woman to love her husband and children well.
President James Garfield said, “There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the wheel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. They teach the truth by living it.”
Thank you, God, for the hearts of women. Thank you, God, for the hearts of my friends.