2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
I joined a big church in 2005 - but it didn't feel that big to me. God provided. He provided a godly woman to be a spiritual mother, to disciple this young pup just out of bible college thinking she knew it all. He provided friends in that Bible Study - friends to encourage and laugh with and cry with - friends who would hold me accountable and sharpen me as iron sharpens iron...
Then I moved to Mexico in 2009 and had to leave behind that community... that support network, that family. But God provided a church family to join in Mexico.
Then I moved back in May 2011 and joined a small group through a diffent church, not on the radar, and God worked, oh how He has worked and is working.
In the joining... in the stepping out into community, that is where God has done the most work in me. It's where He speaks to me so clearly through His Word, where He encourages me and loves me through His children.
My prayer is that He loves through me as well. That others can be drawn to Him through this humble vessel.