How do you determine your important relationships? God has beyond blessed me with some terrific women from all walks of life. I am convinced that who you surround yourself with determines who you become and where you will go in life.
For many years, I’ve had people come and go in my life. Some have been lovely people God had brought through for a season. Some have been in my life to teach me very valuable lessons.
When I felt God leading me to begin a Women’s Ministry and write a book that I believe God placed in my heart to help women in their spiritual journey, I never thought it would take me down the path it has.
I have met so many authors and speakers that are finding their way just as I am. We are finding that we are better and stronger together. Learning from each other has been a blessing.
I am reminded of the scripture in Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” The answer to that question is no. But I have found many that have been walking together in agreement and unity, being led by the Spirit.
There are many stories I love of true friendship in the Bible. This particular friendship is between Jonathan, the son of Saul, the king of Israel and David, the son of Jesse of Bethlehem, and Jonathan's presumed rival for the crown. David would one day become king. The covenant the two men had formed eventually led to David, after Jonathan's death, graciously seating Jonathan's son Mephibosheth at his own royal table instead of eradicating the former king’s lineage.
Another story is that of Mary, the mother of Jesus and her cousin, Elizabeth. It is said that after receiving the news that she would be the mother of the son of God, the Messiah, Mary went to stay with her cousin, Elizabeth who was pregnant with John, the Baptist.
Such a beautiful story it is for Mary hurried to the hill country, to the house of Zacharias and greeted her cousin. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
She cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” Then Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months.
So, just these two stories give such great examples of what true friendship looks like. My prayer is that you surround yourself with such friends that come alongside you when you are in need. That they are trustworthy and are committed to you and your well-being as you are to them.
One of the things I feel contributes to a winning mindset is who you surround yourself with. I’ve also been blessed by my friends Delphine Kirkland and Doris Cush who are like sisters to do life and ministry together with.
We are committed to you, in our desire to see you grow with us as we develop great friendships, more like a sisterhood. We want you to know we are here for you the whole way.
In fact, here are a couple of examples of how we see our circle of this sisterhood growing, based on feedback from our Beyond workshop and conference attendees...
One woman felt the camaraderie refreshing and welcoming. Many felt a sense of connection beyond the learning they received. Another testimonial was that the time spent with our “Beyond” group has been encouraging and extremely hope-giving.
As you can see, we’re dedicated to you getting the best experience possible. I’d love to know just what your needs are and if we can address them in our upcoming time together on Saturday, October 17th where we’ll be celebrating with some laughs as well as learning together at our upcoming “We Thrive” Conference! Link here for Eventbrite Tickets. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-thrive-conference-tickets-120668872847
Proverbs 27:9, “Oil and perfume make the heart glad; So does the sweetness of a friend’s counsel that comes from the heart.”
May your friendships make your heart glad like a sweet fragrance of perfume.