Friday, March 1, 2013

Faithful Friday: Redeemed

Once a month we get together with a small group of others from our church, known as a Lifegroup.  Looking back through my planner, I was amazed to see we've reached the one year mark!

Last February a handful of people, many new to EHBC, came somewhat apprehensively to our pastor's home for a potluck meal.  Sharing tacos and simple conversation, relationships began to form.  We ended the night with group prayer, opening each of our lives just a bit to new friends.

Month by month this continued, most of us taking turns to host in our homes.  And each month those relatonships, now strong friendships, continue to grow and thrive.  This gathering is one of the highlights we look forward to each time we turn the calendar.  It's something our entire family enjoys.

summer 2012 Lifegroup picnic
Not only that, it has strengthened our family and solidified our place in the church.  Coming from a big church, where our family got lost in the crowd, having these connections keep us grounded.  It's such a wonderful feeling to not only see friendly and familiar faces each week at church, but to also look out and see true friendships.

These are people who we've shared our souls with.  We've prayed together, cried together, laughed together, and of course shared yummy food together.  We don't just gather once a month to eat or pray, but we've become a part of each other's lives.  We're a phone call or message away when life's burdens come our way.  We're there to hold each other accountable and to protect each other's families from the enemy and distractions that can pull us away from being obediant to God.  I hold these people in my daily prayers.  They are truly like a second family to us!

Dec Lifegroup Party
This weekend we are blessed to have Lifegroup meetings two nights in a row.  Tonight we'll join with other leaders to learn and share how our group is doing.  And then tomorrow, our Christian family - Lifegroup Redeemed, will gather for food, fun and fellowship.

Yes, it makes for a busy weekend, but I couldn't imagine not spending time with this group.  I found a quote today that sums it up well, "Fellowship is not just something that we try to fit into our Christian life after we get everything else together."  It is what helps us keep it together!

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”


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