Today was a good day because I was able to spend the afternoon with three dear friends!
We have known each other for years, spent time together at various events, served in ministry together, enjoyed time as families, hosted one another's children in our homes, and met one-on-one, but we have never enjoyed an outing TOGETHER.
After today, however, we committed to making this a yearly tradition. And I am glad!
E-mails, texts, and scattered/interrupted conversations on the church patio or at youth events are welcome and enjoyed, but they do not allow for in-depth conversation or true connection. Therefore, we must be purposeful and intentional in our pursuit of authentic friendship.
The tea house was a delight, the abundant food was delicious, and our conversations were stimulating and thought-provoking. My favorite part, however, was the last hour spent sharing our goals and desires for the coming year with the purpose of encouraging one another, keeping each other accountable, and praying for one another. And we were intentional. We wrote down what each person shared so we can keep every need before our eyes, reminding us to follow up as the Lord leads, as well as check in with each other once a month for updates, changes, and praise reports.
I cannot speak for my sisters, but I know that for me, our time together was a much-needed blessing.
I greeted them with burdens pressing on my shoulders, a desire to talk and confess sin, and a longing to be refreshed by my sisters in Christ.
When we said goodbye, I had a smile on my face, a spring in my step, and a contented spirit.
How wonderful it is to be a part of the body of Christ!
Afternoons like today may only happen once a year in this season of our lives, but if every 'Summer Tea Date' is like the one we enjoyed today, the 364 days in between are worth the wait!
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him.
A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12