It is vital that we have spiritual conversations for our spiritual growth. I realized this as I had a chance to spend time with some of my friends and even my 4-year-old granddaughter this week. I’ve been moving around a bit, and I don’t have as many interactions as I once had in my former job and lifestyle. I didn’t realize how much I missed my strong Christian women contacts until two amazing women inspired me this week.
The first was my good friend, Donna. She taught my former adult bible study class that I visited. She did a wonderful job talking about anxiety from God’s perspective. What I took home from that lesson was that when I have anxiety, I have lost touch with God’s perspective on my problem. That was just so true. I resonated with her comment. That didn’t keep me from losing touch with what God was doing when it came to my plans becoming disappointing. I did fret and forgot what she taught until later. I couldn’t totally understand God’s perspective about why things changed, but I did stop and thank Him that He has a good reason that I may not be able to see or understand. The other side of that lesson is that I need good Christian friends speaking into my life with God.
The second profound discussion occurred when I was brushing my teeth accompanied by my soon to be 5-year-old granddaughter. She just blurted out “I’ve just got to remember to keep praising God every minute.” I asked her who told her that. She said she told it to herself. We had a sweet discussion about how I really need to follow that advice and how often I forget to praise God every minute.
As I travel back, I realized how simple Christian conversations are so important to keeping on track in our Christian journey. No wonder the writer of Hebrews stated: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25). What a refreshing truth flooded over me from all my interactions but most specifically from those two girls.
Are you meeting together for your encouragement? It was easy to pull back in the year of Covid…but is it time for new habits? God always has a good reason for everything He tells us, and this week taught me that lesson in a gentle way. I didn’t even realize how much I missed the inspiration of women and girls in my life until these little lessons reminded me of God’s perspective.
I know my week involved lots more inspiration in big and little ways. These are the two that stand out to me and stand out because of meetings that are not a part of my regular life these days.
I sense God wants me to continuewriting these weekly emails as encouragement for you who are reading them towards love and good deeds. I will not give up these “somewhat of a meeting together” until the Day happens or until God tells me it is time to stop. All my traveling kept me from writing last week and if you were one of my stops along the way, you probably could understand why. I’m glad I was inspired and had the time to write today.
Have an inspirational week. If you are really blessed, you might be inspired by a child.