2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I have been sharing with you the story of my restoration.
What Satan tore down, GOD is now RESTORING piece by piece!!!!
As I stated in my last post I NEEDED GOD’S HELP!!!! I FINALLY realized that I WAS BROKEN and that NO HUMAN man could MAKE ME WHOLE!!!!! I became OBSESSED with Christian books. I began reading EVERY relationship and self-help book that I could get my hands on! This book obsession brought me to a VERY IMPORTANT season of my life…. The SEASON OF FINDING CHRISTIAN FRIENDS!
I don’t know about you, but when I read I LOVE to discuss what I am reading with others! I REALLY enjoy hearing other people’s thoughts on the different points and sharing my own with them. I LEARN SO MUCH FROM THIS!!!!
Here was the issue- I DIDN’T have ANY Christian friends nearby to meet and read with! I needed to fix this! With God’s direction, I started joining church groups. The first group I joined was through 12 Stone. I didn’t know anyone who was in a group there, so I simply showed up for an “open group” event. There I found a few other ladies who lived in my area and joined together with them. That first group was AWESOME- it was MY CATALYST!!!
At the conclusion of that first group, I STILL NEEDED MORE!!! I NEEDED to keep reading and growing. I wasn’t ready to take a break……. SO, I decided I would START my own group!!! The major issue was this…. I didn’t know who to invite!!! This was a problem in my mind, BUT NOT A PROBLEM for GOD!!!
Somehow I found the Meetup Site on-line …. (God led me here, I am SURE). Meetup is a social networking site designed for people who want to START or JOIN a new social group.
info from Meetup.com…….
Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
Meetup’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.
This was PERFECT because I DID want to start a NEW group- a Christian book study group!!!! I actually launched 2 groups through Meetup: A Women’s Devotion/ Book Study Group and then later a Christian Co-ed Group. Both were INCREDIBLE!!! Both helped me GROW so much healthier and SO MUCH CLOSER to God!!!
Some of my best friends to this day are friends I made in those groups!!! I went from having no good Christian friends to being SURROUNDED by GREAT Christian friends!!!! GOD IS SO GOOD!!!! IF you seek…. YOU SHALL FIND!!!!
**** Side note :
when I launched the Christian Co-ed Group I KNEW I was NOT leading it to look for a “man”- I made a CONSCIENCE decision to NOT date within the group…..
Here is something VERY important to understand…… God brings different people into our lives, both male and female, for DIFFERENT REASONS. Most of the time HE brings these people to us to HELP us GROW- NOT for us to get romantically involved with. I think many people make the MISTAKE of putting people into a ROMANTIC category when that is NOT their purpose.
More of my restoration coming soon 🙂