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March 2, 70 comments. I spent the past weekend with about a hundred Jesus-sisters at a retreat center a few miles south of our farm. We call it The Hill. For three days we hang out in a retreat center, set among the trees. I have been in a very busy season of speaking at retreats, but for the first time Apartments charles village baltimore a long time, I never once held a microphone over the weekend.
I had come to this retreat only to serve our guests in a support role. Which means, I prayed a lot. I washed dishes and served meals and swept floors and knelt on a prayer bench and slept on the top bunk and giggled ridiculously loud and stayed up far too late and nibbled on dark chocolate. Wife seeking nsa Rockwell cried. I danced and jumped so much that I wish I had brought Depends. I reconnected with old friends in meaningful ways. It was all good — except for the Depends part.
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I texted a friend about my weekend this morning. And there have been painful disconnections from people in my local life who treat me differently than they used to because I wrote a book and speak about Jesus as a part of a growing and active ministry. I have fat tears rolling down my cheeks as I write those words. Because the separation hurts.
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I am tempted to delete those words. I want you to know this. I am still me, the same Jennifer who desires deep heart connection. I am still me, the same Jennifer who needs someone to encourage her, just as I pour out encouragement to others.
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I desire deep connection. Above three photos are from a separate event, held last summer in Arkansas. Through tears, so many women I met are feeling a hollowness on the inside. They feel isolated and cut off.
Loneliness envelops people in their beds at night, and then first thing in the morning. It strikes them in the silence of their marriages, and the noise of their toddler-filled house. Loneliness sits beside women on the back Sweet housewives seeking hot sex Clewiston, the gymnasium bleachers, the holiday parties. And in fact, we might actually enjoy the wine you serve!
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You can have a thousand Facebook friends, and be the loneliest person you know. You can be standing among people and still feel miserable and unseen.
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Believe again that you are beloved. God, in his His nature, is three-in-one community. While he wants us to turn to Him first in those times we feel alone, He is the author of community. Instead of waiting to be invited, we can be the inviter. Instead of wishing that we were at the table, we can invite someone to ours. We can Go Prostate massage michigan. The project is Black and red german shepherds for sale about depth, than breadth.
I desire deep connection, just like you. God hears our prayers, even when we feel very alone. So can I pray for you? Dear God, I thank you for the person reading these words today. You know her needs, her heart, her own feelings of disconnection. I pray today that You will draw her close, and that you will bring people into her life, face-to-face.
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I also pray that you let her know that her loneliness is not because of some personality deficit. We all feel that hollowness! We all long for connection.
Give each of the women reading these words today the courage to go first. Someone is waiting for these women to go first and make the call.
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I love your idea of 52 lunches! Being content in the knowledge of who we are in Christ will help a great deal in not feeling lonely too as we will have the confidence to Go First! Thanks for sharing, Jeannie.
Such a great place to connect — over the table. Ty so much for these words. Much needed reminder to root ourselves first in Jesus, ty. It has become my calling and passion to minister and pour in to them. I cannot pour in to and make a difference in all of them, but I can pour in to and make a difference in the ones with whom HE crosses my path! Hey Karen! Do you have any advice for any of us me and my readers on how we can pour into the lives of clergy spouses in particular? Offer her the opportunity to share specific requests, but Bleach used to make drugs for her whether she feel comfortable enough to share or not.
Send a hand written note or text of encouragement…. Why are she is one of the ones coming who feels out of place…though her face would never God that. Invite her to have lonely or go to lunch with no agenda other than to get to know her.
I am alone…
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Keeping this list Karen. Thank you for sharing!
This has been on my heart for years. May we as women embrace the woman married to a pastor, who is her own unique person with real challenges. Bless you Karen!
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These things also apply to female clergy! I laid in bed last night, crying and praying, asking God to please send me a friend…someone with whom I can share my heart, invite to lunch, pray, for walks in the park, shop, etc.
I work in a church…the same church we attend. Our youngest son has graduated college, is seeking employment, and will soon be moving out.
No one understands…
My husband has a lawn care business in addition to his regular job and mowing season is quickly approaching. I get so lonely I can hardly stand it. I live in a small town, and not many new people move here. The ones already living here grew up here, their family members are here, and they all are close Date night ideas vancouver bc connected with each other.
I Photo xxx six a precious friend who lives in another state, but our homes are about seven hours apart.
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Oh Beth. My heart aches with yours. Now that I am in ministry, I have a bit more of a window into what people on church staff feel. Not to say that I can relate in every way, but I certainly empathize with your situation.
You are such a treasure, Beth. I wish I could take long lunches with you! Oh Beth!