Monday, November 12, 2012

Sole Sisters and the Soli Deo Gloria party

It's time to pull up your chair.  Do you know you have one here in this space we call Soli Deo Gloria?  You do.  It's reserved every week only for you.  This place would be different if you weren't here and we miss you when you are gone.  This is a place filled with women who seek to honor your words, you heart, your tears, and your laughter.  Scooch in close.  You won't want to miss a word.
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My running partner, Kelli, and I ran the San Antonio half marathon on Sunday, but on Saturday we got to go to the big expo to pick up our packets and do a little pre-race shopping.  At the Run Girl Run booth, we found these extraordinary t-shirts with the words "Sole Sisterhood" written on the front.  Once we read the back, which says "friends to the finish," we just knew that these were made for us.  We promptly bought them, in matching colors, of course, because we are cheesy like that.

Sure, he has a leg that looks different, but aren't we all running?
As you all know, sisterhood is my thing.  As much as I like writing and speaking, I think of these things as means to an end -- they are tools that God uses to build community.  And community is what makes my heart flutter.  It's what gets my blood pumping and my spirit soaring.  It's where I see women rising up to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  It's where I see walls fall and Truth spoken.  It's where I see how God made us all different and yet, all the same.  It's a place where journeys start and where commitments are made to see each other to the finish line of life.  We are all running a race for Jesus and along the way, we all get injured.  We need someone to bring truth, a healing balm, to our tired and sore and hurting muscles.  When we run out of energy, we need someone to bring the Living Water to our parched lips.  When we run out faith in abilities, we need someone to remind us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.  When we wonder why we ever undertook such a hard endeavor, we need someone to show us that His power is made perfect in our weakness.  And don't you love having your own personal cheering section?

I know that no community is perfect.  But it doesn't have to be perfect. We serve a God who is and who can use every experience in our lives to refine us and enrich us and to bring us closer to Him.  Yes, there is a chance your feelings may get hurt...or worse.  It's a risk to be vulnerable and put yourself out there.  But God has something for you in community that you cannot get anywhere else.  He did not create us to go through life alone.  He created us to share the hard things, the heart things.  He created us to share our souls, to help each other bear burdens, to love.

I wonder...what keeps you from being real, from really sharing your story, your burdens, your vulnerabilities?  I wonder...do you think it's worth the risk?  How can the Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood be more of a community for you?  How can we be friends to the finish?
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Also, anyone want to take a wild guess (and NO CHEATING)?  How long do you think Soli Deo Gloria has been around?  No cheating means you can't go back and find the first post or look at the SDG tab.  Just take your best guess in WEEKS.  Perhaps there will be a sweet surprise for the one who is the closest!

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Soli Deo Gloria is on Twitter!  Have a favorite post?  Share it on Twitter with the #SDGsisters!
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I am so happy to see your face here at Soli Deo Gloria.  Did you know we have small groups?  As SDG has grown, it started to lose a bit of the small community feel.  As such, we have groups that visit each other and leave comments for each other on SDG days so that you don't feel lost in this big blog world.  Would you like to be a part?  If so, please email me at jenfergie2000@me.com.  Also, if you are new here, please put "I am new" as your caption so that we might give you a proper welcome.

24 comments :

  1. All these running metaphors are making my knees hurt! But community? Yes, ma!sm, I'm right there with you :)

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  2. 156? Love this: "But God has something for you in community that you cannot get anywhere else." So true! That's why I love this blogging community:) Thanks, Jen! www.toshowthemjesus.com

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  3. 127 weeks ? is my wild guess. :)

    Love this!
    "I know that no community is perfect. But it doesn't have to be perfect."
    Because the Head of our community is perfect, that covers us all. I'm so glad we don't have to be perfect.

    Congrats on your half-marathon.

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  4. I love that you found such perfect t-shirts and that you are cheesy like that - I love that your definition of sisterhood. I don't have a sister and I'm surrounded by boys to men - in the absence of those girl relationships - I so need community sisterhood - and you describe it perfectly - and the realness - I like cheesy jokes but I don't like shallow connections. I want real connections - I'm quite literal that way. Wonderful post!

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  5. I will say...156 weeks...yeah for the half marathon...I have done one in my life...it was a sweet gift from God to me...and I love the tee shirt you and your sole sister got...just special indeed~ blessings~

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  6. 52 weeks? Has it been a year -- or more? Jen, I'm so impressed by your running and the lessons learned from it. Running is NOT my thing... The tee shirt is great, too!

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  7. My guess, and it is just that, is 129 weeks.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  8. Savoring your words Jen. Community is elusive to me as our church just split and I don't even want to go to the grocery store right now. Thanking God for this community and for my tribe of faithful followers who provide community I don't have in my own hometown.

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  9. I think it is great that you and your friend found matching shirts...but then maybe, I'm also cheesy like that...smiles :)

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  10. You are amazing! Love the running pics....almost makes me want to get on the treadmill! I love the sisterhood of Christ, too. Just makes me smile thanks for always inviting us here.

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  11. Jen - Such a beautiful heart you have & passion for community! Amen, my sister...we can't do it alone! We need each other! And way to go on the 1/2 marathon! Such a great metaphor for our walk of faith as believers! Blessings, jen

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  12. My guess is 112 weeks...congrats on the half marathon! I love to run and I love the t-shirts that say friends to the finish!! Yes!

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  13. Congrats on the 1/2!! I am guessing 152 weeks. So thankful for community.

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  14. This I needed today. Church is hard right now for the pastor's wife and I often want to walk away (to where? I don't know! But it's a nice thought). Thank you for reminding me the benefits of community far outdo the risks. Plus it's how we were made to love.

    I will say 100 weeks.

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  15. The race was fun, and I love our cheesy shirts! I love having a community of women to share with, even though I'm not here much. I know you're here when I need you, and I, too, grew up with boys all around me. I'm guessing 100 weeks just because I'm thinking you wouldn't be asking unless it was some round number like that. ;) LOL! It could also be 104, which is exactly 2 years, though. I know it's right around there. :)

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  16. Hmmm, a wide range of guesses. I am driving my stake into the ground at 185 weeks. It is taking all the energy I can muster not to look back. :-) Those shirts are priceless: pink sweet sisterhoody awesomeness!

    It can be so hard to reach out, especially to a new community. There's that nasty old fear and pride, and all the what-ifs that travel with them. However, once we get acquainted, it is indeed a refreshing place where we can share our stories, joys, sorrows and laughter.

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  17. Sounds like the race was a blast--mainly because of your beautiful friendship! I am getting better at being open in community. I am tired of hiding, actually. It is so much better to be honest about who I am. Hmm, as for how many weeks that SDG has been around . . . Maybe 80?

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  18. I am learning that community is so important and something I have been lacking for years. Great post!

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  19. Congrats on finishing your race! My guess for SDG is 100 weeks . . . because I think I've been coming here for two years, but maybe I've lost my sense of time! I'm not cheating by looking :)

    As for your question - whoo. That is a tough one. With blogging, I struggle with a desire to be real, and a real desire to maintain some privacy. I don't mind sharing about myself, but I don't want to expose my husband or children in ways they didn't sign up for. That said, we have found places here in our church were we can "be real" and share the gift of community that comes when we are vulnerable and honest. We belong to a small group, where thoughts and fears are shared. That is a special place. So I think there is room for different types of community. Some people may be more comfortable online or going public with certain issues; others may desire a more sheltered sharing space. Either way, I agree that God made us to BE in community and to love and support one another along our honest journeys. So, great post, Jen :) Thank you for hosting this beautiful community for all of us.

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  20. I just love your passion for community. What a gift you are to all of us! Congrats on your run too.

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  21. Love this post. Speaks your heart perfectly. My guess! 70 weeks.

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  22. Love your vision of community and how you have created that here. Thanks for the great post & for hosting, & God bless!

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  23. I am in awe of you runners. I so want to be one, but every time I try it seems to be too hard on my body. My daughter is in Girls on the Run this year, and Steven is running with her for the ending 5K. I can't wait to cheer them on.

    As for my guess? Hmmmm . . . 36 weeks?

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  24. GOD has blessed your vision, Jen. Congratulations for finishing the run!

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