Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Time for a Little FUN!: Ladies' Night Out

My IRL Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood started over 2 1/2 years ago in the Parish Hall of my church.  It was (and still is) a place of deep sharing, tears, warmth, and encouragement.  Although our sharing takes place in small groups and we have weekly prayer request time, my girls were hungering for something more...

FUN!

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.

and now...
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 8:4-5
We 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 Thursdayand Laura for Quitting Thursday.

8 comments :

  1. Yay! How fun, Jen! A few weeks ago, a good friend texted a couple of school moms (myself included) and said, "Hey, anyone want to have a play date?" It was FUN to look forward to an afternoon where us moms could just laugh and hang out while the kids were at school. My new goal for 2014 is to schedule more play dates for me too! Moms need FUN too!

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  2. Love! He does dwell everywhere, and being with people always reminds me of that fact!

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  3. Stopping by from Emily's place. Reading this makes me want to have a small group again and plan fun outings as well. Thanks for linking up.

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  4. I like chatting and going to movies or dinner when I can afford it.

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  5. I love this Jen and so wish we lived closer! Let's see.. last Friday night PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel- the Christian organization for milspouses) co-hosted a 40's and 50's dance night with MoFia (Men of Faith in Action-- soldiers group)

    I was a little apprehensive about getting all gussied up and going alone since hubs was 3600 miles away, but us girls had a blast. So worth it. And recharged my battery!

    PS: Thanks so much for participating in #EverydayJesus. Love you, girl!

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  6. My girls are in a season of turmoil right now, but we have plans for a dinner date and a movie once things settle down. Girl time is the best time!

    Thank you for sharing this post at Thought-Provoking Thursday! Community is so important, and your post highlights why we need each other.

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  7. I love that your word for the year is FUN! I am far too serious as well, but having fun is so important for our well being. It looks like you ladies had a fantastic night! I hope 2014 is filled with lots of fun for you, Jen!

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  8. I just love this. So love your word for the year. I know I probably say that every time I come here. It's just so FUN! I've got plans to catch up with a few of my high-school friends tonight. I love that after 20 years we still get together somewhat frequently. There are always many laughs. Happy Friday, Jen. Have a FUN weekend.

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