I kept hearing how much these women wanted to get to know each other beyond the Bible study questions. They wanted to know more about the day to day lives, witness the little personality quirks, just hang out to know and be known. Plus, I had women attend retreats who couldn't come to Bible study, so creating FUN! social events was a great way to keep everyone involved and interacting. So I started letting go of some of the so-seriousness of Jen and entertained the thought of just having fun.
But I'm a newbie to the FUN! thing, so I had to enlist some help from my super-fun friend, Sara. She found a swanky bowling alley (who knew swanky and bowling could be used in the same sentence) where we could eat YUMMY non-bowling alley-type food (again, who knew bowling alley food could be good?).
And we talked about anything and everything. Laughed, restarted stories interrupted by "Your turn!" and felt all giddy when we actually threw a ball that hit pins.
Just plain, pure FUN!
As I reflect back on that night, I think how far I've come with this group of girls. My heart swells knowing how we all want to be together, in study, in prayer, in a bowling alley. God has created a group of His girls that not only enjoy Him, but enjoy each other. I see so clearly the value of being involved in a group that can serve in many forms and fashions...
as a place of rest.
a place of safety.
a place of authenticity.
a place of study.
a place of accountability.
a place of letting down your hair and letting go.
a place of FUN!
God doesn't just dwell in the serious. He dwells everywhere, perhaps especially in the FUN!...
“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Once again old men and women will walk Jerusalem’s streets with their canes and will sit together in the city squares. And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls at play." Zechariah 8:4-5We don't need canes yet, so you'll find us playing...
What are some things you do just for FUN! with the ladies in your life?
Linking up with Emily for Imperfect Prose, Jennifer Lee for #tellHisstory, Michell for DYWW, Women to Women , Sharita for Everyday Jesus, Lyli for Thought Provoking Thursday, and Laura for Quitting Thursday.