I can't think of a more perfect day to end this, on a Tuesday, surrounded by my Soli Deo Gloria sisters. I have been so grateful for your support and your encouragement. I'm not sure I could have done it without you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you choose to leave a comment today, I would love to know how I could have made the series better. I'm planning to use parts of what I have written here for the class I'm teaching at my church in the fall. I would cherish your feedback. Any help would be amazing.
Which brings me to the final day's thought about hearing God's voice: There is a reason why God has made us social creatures. There is a reason why we live in communities. He has given us the gift of friendship and fellowship and I believe that those relationships can bring so much fruit into our own individual lives. I believe that our communities can enable us to better hear God's voice in our own individual lives.
Through the power of God:
We sharpen each other.
We confirm each other.
We affirm each other.
We can hold each other accountable.
We are strength in the face of weakness and devastation.
We are tangible examples of God's love.
We are forgivers.
We are helpers.
We are interceders.
God works through us every day to reach out and touch someone else who needs it. His glory and character can be revealed through us -- our testimony and witness is a powerful tribute to the awesome God that has created us.
There is a reason Jesus says,
"Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them."
Matthew 18:20I believe that Jesus is with us when we are by ourselves. I simply think that in this verse He encourages us to form relationships and to trust that He is working within them to enrich us and His people.
Challenge: Think about how community influences your life. Where is God leading you to grow? Or, in some cases, focus more on one than another for a season?