It's officially fall, but here in the South, summer is stubbornly refusing to relinquish its grip. As I write this newsletter, it's a brutal 93 degrees outside, and my beloved sweaters and boots sit collecting dust in the closet. But nevertheless, it is October, and that means fall must be arriving soon, even in Mississippi. Right? A girl can dream.
Over the past month, I've had the great privilege of leading a ladies' Bible study on 1 Peter at my home church, and it's been just what my soul needed. God's word is good, of course, but it's also been so sweet just to gather together with other women who are doing their best to pursue faithfulness and know God in a world that tries so hard to keep us from him.
My soul does a little happy dance every single time we gather together because these people who will nerd out over Scripture with me? They're my people. And it's good to be reminded that I'm not in this thing alone.
Our class roll has women of all ages and backgrounds. There are young, single ladies and older, retired grandmothers. There are stay-at-home moms and working moms. There are ladies who have lived in this town their entire lives and others who just got here. But in that room, when we open up the Bible together, our differences fade away. We're all just women who need the Lord, and together, we're finding him.
It's a beautiful thing to be a part of, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. The friendships that form over the pages of Scripture are the most precious kind. Because they're founded on Truth and our common relationship with Christ, they're rock solid at the core and not easily shaken. I daresay that we could all use more friendships like that.
If you've never been a part of something like that, let me just encourage you to give it a try. Find a local Bible study group and dive in. I know it's hard. And maybe a bit uncomfortable. But it's worth it. I promise. Because when women open up the Word together, good stuff happens.