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Fellowship

In January when I prayerfully chose Fellowship as my Word of the Year, I left it up to the LORD to decide how to use it in my life. I never quite expected it to lead me where I am currently. I thought maybe it would envolve me continuing with our small group, or maybe I’d do an ocassional social event.

Apparently I wasn’t thinking large enough.

Since January, I’ve not only continued to attend small group, but I’ve been led by the LORD to do so many things I never would have considered before. Now, as we’re coming closer to the end of 2015, I’ve realized how blessed I’ve been by this word and God’s plan for me.

Each day I learn something new about myself, and each time I walk out my door and step into a situation that doesn’t allow me to hide inside my house, I grow stronger. I get closer to the person the LORD has designed me to be.

Thank you LORD for guiding me to Classical Conversations and the community we’re building here, and thank you for placing on my heart the desire to fill a role in Children’s Ministry at my church. Neither of these things would I have ever thought to do myself. You are an amazing and loving Creator.

What blessings are you thankful for?

Blessings, Sare

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Fellowship, In the Beginning, My One Word, My Walk

My One Word: Fellowship.

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

Our LORD is amazing and He works in ways we couldn’t begin to imagine. He has a plan for my life, and even though I’m not sure yet what that plan is, I know it will be amazing.

When I first chose FELLOWSHIP as my word for this year, I didn’t know what it would mean. Honestly, I’m still not one-hundred percent sure what it means or what it will mean at the end of 2015. What I do know is that I’m already seeing evidence of God’s work on me through it.

My husband and I have been attending our church since the first Sunday we were in town–so just over a year now. Our church has an active military group who meet twice a month for fellowship and study. During the last year I’ve interacted with most of the people in this group, yet never once was I aware of the FELLOWSHIP that was available. Then, this past Sunday, my husband and I were invited to join the others.

It was TIME.

A month ago, I probably wouldn’t have been open and receptive to the invitation. It was socializing, and what was even more deterring, it was socializing with other military families. Something I’ve been known to shy away from, because of a number of bad experiences in the past.

This week, my heart was open and waiting. I heard the voice inside whisper, “This is for you. Say yes.”

On Monday my husband and I, along with our two children went to our first small group fellowship, and in so many ways it was right. It filled my cup with laughter and joy. We discussed upcoming studies, and it was refreshing to know others going through the same things I was.

After an emotionally draining day, God knew exactly what I would need. He opened a door for me, and I walked through it. I can’t wait for what He’ll teach me through this experience with FELLOWSHIP.

Do you have a particular moment of Fellowship that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it.

Prayers to you and yours,

Sare

Faith, My One Word

My One Word: Faith

Every year people make New Year’s resolutions. They’re going to get in shape, lose weight, join a gym, eat better, drink less, read more, the lists of changes go on and on. Most of those resolutions fall flat within days or weeks. Some turn out to be too hard, and others just get lost in the day to day stresses of life.

I’ve been one of those people. Every year. Year after year.

This year I decided to try something different. I prayed. I prayed for guidance for the year ahead. I prayed for an open heart, and I prayed for understanding.

The word Faith popped into my head, and tugged at me for days. What I really wanted in this new year was Faith. Faith in the LORD, in His word, and in my place in His plan.

I’d heard in passing people mention focusing on an intention instead of resolutions. They’d pick a single word and focus on it for the entire year. So I did too. I threw away my list (and I love lists), and wrote down the single word.

My One Word, my own personal target for this year is Faith. I will focus on that word in every way the LORD leads me. I pray about it, I read about it, I apply it to my life. This isn’t a quick fix, this is a long term plan of action. A way to fix one important part of me at a time. This isn’t self help, this is opening myself up and focusing on one thing so the LORD can guide me where I’m meant to be in his plan.

If you’re interested in learning more about this One Word revolution, check out: myoneword.org

Have A Blessed Day,

Sare