Exactly what we needed. And it was beautiful!

Wednesday night I sat in my living room with a small group of women sharing our joys and sorrows and struggles and triumphs about the realities of daily life with children who struggle with learning, emotional, mental, and physical needs. What a rich time of fellowship we enjoyed together! Though our circumstances are the same, our children, family life, and the details are different for each one of us, and it was in the details that the Lord showed Himself that night. There were "Aha!" moments, heads nodding in agreement, sympathetic smiles, understanding, compassion, and empathy. It was exactly what we needed, and we knew it.
Walking into someone's home knowing that the purpose of the evening is to be vulnerable with everyone inside can be frightening. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to choose vulnerability over hiding and isolation, and more courage is required to share your secret worries, fears, and concerns - with strangers. But that was a sweet "aha" moment as well. We did not gather as long-time or intimate friends, but we shared the most important thing that could ever unite us - Jesus Christ. We didn't care if we liked the same style of music or shared an affinity for Pizookies. We all showed up with the same desire ... to be encouraged. And in His faithfulness, the Lord met our need.

We opened our time together with prayer, and Scripture that brought comfort and HOPE.

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.
Psalm 62

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
Psalm 121

My favorite line from Psalm 62 is "pour out your heart before Him." So, that is exactly what we did! We poured our hearts out before the Lord, and before each other. And it was beautiful.
Each woman shared her personal testimony, describing the struggles of her child(ren) as well as her own struggles in response to the daily battles her child(ren) face. Because we are fallible sinners like everyone else, our responses were often linked to sin, so we confessed that too. Every confession and every regret that fell from the lips of the woman sharing received words of encouragement, an attitude of compassion, and a spirit of grace in response. "Confess your sins one to each other, and pray for one another so that you may be healed." James 5:16

We prayed together, we prayed for each other, and we closed our night with a passage of Scripture to remind us of the sovereignty of God. For, the more we remember and acknowledge that our God has gone before us and will never leave us, the more we can trust Him with our children no matter how daunting, frightening, or impossible the future may appear through our human eyes. He created each of our children with detailed design, and for reasons only He knows, He allows the physical, emotional, mental, or learning thorns to dig into their flesh, and He has a purpose for each one.
Thank You, Lord, for this truth! Teach us to trust You and SURRENDER to You more often, and much, much more quickly. You are an amazing God, and we love you.

Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said:
“Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours.
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand are power and might, and in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
And now we thank You, our God, and praise Your glorious name."
I Chronicles 29:10-13

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