by Kathy Erickson
I was sitting in service and Pastor Craig mentioned the importance of being involved in a small group. I heard him mention this other times, but I always wondered how I would have the time with kids, school, work, grocery shopping, and the myriad of other things that women are responsible for. I always told myself I’ll join a group… later when the time is right and I have more free time. This particular service as I heard Pastor Craig speak, I thought about how unconnected I felt with the people of Grace Family and how I wanted to grow in my relationship with Christ.
I finally decided that despite my other commitments it was my time for me to work a small group into my schedule. It’s amazing when you decide to take that step how God starts working in your life. When I decided to make the commitment, God worked out the schedule. I realized I didn’t have to join a group that met every week and with all the different choices of nights or weekends, finding a group was really not all that difficult.
I remember emailing group leader Sara Sneen about her group and deciding to come to their next meeting to give it a “try out.” I don’t know about other women, but I was a little nervous…ok, a lot nervous. I mean, what if the ladies in the group didn’t like me or if they thought I was strange or what if I thought they were strange. Does this sound familiar? I hope someone can relate. I put my fears aside and showed up at Sara’s house not really sure what I had gotten myself in to. But after that first meeting, I knew I found the right small group.
I can say with all confidence that the ladies I first met over two years ago have now become some of my closest friends. We laugh together, cry together, and pray together. We share our life struggles and our successes. A couple of them were with me when I ran my first half marathon. In fact, we crossed the finish line holding hands. Sometimes when I’m going through something that I don’t necessarily want to share with the whole group, there is always at least one of the ladies who I can confide in and get her advice. We do not judge, but encourage each other in love and friendship. I see Christ in each of these ladies, and they help bring out Christ in me. I am forever grateful that I listened to God’s nudging and took the step of faith.
Now’s the time to take a step of faith and join a Beautiful small group! With all the groups to choose from, you’re certain to find one that’s right for you. Brouse our small group listing at www.gfconline.com/beautiful. Click on “find a group” on the right side of the page to see all the available women’s small groups.
Thank you so much for sharing Kathy! I’m so glad you step out in faith and joined Sara’s group 🙂