The short answer: because I need you.
See, I need other women in my life to encourage me, pray for me and share God’s word with me. And, I suspect, you could use a friend like that, too.
In the past I would pray for Godly women to create relationship with, gain wisdom from and have a prayer partner. But, they never miraculously appeared on my doorstep.
So, I decided I would take a more pro-active approach and I directly asked two special women to consider meeting with me for prayer and encouragement.
At the time, neither of these ladies connected with my request for Bible study and prayer. Although I initially felt disappointed and sad, I decided this was not a personal issue against me and they must have had reasons for not being available.
Maybe they were too busy to respond.
Maybe they were overwhelmed with their own struggles.
Maybe they thought they wouldn’t have the right answers.
Maybe they believed they had nothing to give.
And doesn’t that sound familiar? Often we don’t reach out to other women because we don’t think we have anything to offer.
We feel too stressed-out, too messed-up, too imperfect to openly and honestly engage in friendships with other women because we are so sure they have it all together. Yet, we desperately crave someone to listen, to pray for us, to encourage us, gently challenge us when we are being stubborn — we need someone that “gets” it; because let’s be honest, those wonderful hubby’s just don’t know what it’s like to be a busy momma.
That’s why I created this little space on the internet. I decided that no other woman should have to feel alone, unimportant and left out. I wanted a safe place where we can take a few minutes out of our busy day and spend time listening, praying and finding encouragement in God’s word.
Still don’t feel like you are “qualified”? Well, I can promise I don’t feel qualified either. But, what if we look at it like this:
You have small kids driving you crazy? My kids may not be small anymore, but I certainly remember the days of endless diapers and bottles, and sleepless nights. And, although my kids are young adults and your adult children may have already left the nest, still you remember what it was like when you packed their things and watched them leave the driveway, right? Going through a tough time in your marriage? Don’t let shame keep you from reaching out; I promise there are none of us with a perfect marriage. See?
Our life experiences can be the textbook from which other mommas learn what works, what doesn’t and how
We need each other.
I can’t promise I will always get it right, because I won’t.
I can’t promise I won’t let you down, because I will.
But, I can promise that if you join me in this little community of R.E.A.L Women…
I will hold your hand when you cry
Pray when you feel like your world is spinning out of control
Cheer when you succeed
And share laughter when you find joy
Let’s not allow self-doubt to keep us disconnected. Let’s get to know each other.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, relax in your favorite chair and let’s chat.
Your comments, prayer requests and words of encouragement are so important to me…
You are important to me.
I look forward to spending time with you.
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I am excited to have you join our community of women encouraging and praying for one another. I look forward to seeing you on the blog!
Original publish date: February 2, 2015