DOING. LIFE. TOGETHER.
If you have a church background you already understand what this means, you know the depth of such small words put together and backed by scripture. But if like me, you were not raised in the church or have any church background you may not recognize what these words mean. These words can be comfortable and can give you a peace you may not have even known you needed. If you are already familiar with “doing life together” you can scroll to the bottom for more information.
Home, life or small groups whichever name you prefer to use, is a bible study group that usually meets once a week to learn about God (usually in someone’s home) but outside the church, mixed in with some social gatherings. Life groups, can be life changing, as they are generally set up by sex or age (often both) or another category of life (IE, married or single). I think that what a lot of people like most about life groups is you get a chance to meet new people and start friendships with people you probably would not have otherwise gravitated to.
You often go to this group to meet some new people, fill up one of your week nights and study some scripture. You usually aren’t prepared for how much you will grow to love these people and can’t wait to see them each week. Life groups get can get very personal, you dig deep, you don’t mean to start off on a certain subject, but somehow you find yourself in comfort with these people and before you know it you end up sharing your dreams and fears with this close knit group of people more than your closet friends, all while learning about God.
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Hebrews 10: 24-25 NLT
If you’ve ever had to do life alone, by choice or circumstance you what it feels like to go a full day without having a meaningful conversation with someone. You know what it feels like to close yourself off from others because it’s all you know. Well God doesn’t want to you be alone, we’ve all heard how “friends are family we choose” or “friends are angels on earth” whatever cliche you can relate with there is some foundation at the truth. We aren’t meant to be alone or to go at life alone, this doesn’t mean opening your heart to every stranger, or telling all your business to your cubical neighbors. It simply means, taking the time one day a week to pull yourself out of your comfort zone and do life with others who care about you. Don’t let the fear of who you think you are, or your past determine your presence, allow people to get to know you and allow people to know what type of friend YOU are. Talking about Jesus will only seem like a bonus at first, meeting a new group of friends, laughing and sharing your goals AND talking about scripture, that can be an amazing gift that a lot of people don’t know.
Do not look to this new group of friends to be perfect, not in life and not on their individual walks with the Lord. They will stumble and they will fall just like you, they have their good days and bad days, just like you. That’s why you need each other in your lives, to help guide you and grow with you. Let these people become your 2am friends, that doesn’t mean you forget about your existing connections, you’re simply growing your community.
What does THP hope to accomplish? We want to bring women from all walks of life together, learning about Jesus. That’s all. We’re currently forming a small/home/life group in the Central Florida area, if you are interested please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, For those outside if this area, start your own group, email us and lets do life together by having each group start a bible study and connecting through Skype. Wouldn’t it be amazing to know that each week you get to connect with other women who only want to encourage and support you during this chapter in life? Email us, let’s start our foundation.