I believe that God gives us many gifts. One of the gifts the Lord blessed me with is the gift to gather. Even as a little girl, I was always that child who got in trouble at school for gathering the girls by my desk to “talk.” Now I feel bad when I have to punish my 6-year-old son for doing the same thing; he totally gets that from me. As a 35-year-old mom of two young boys, there seems to be less and less gathering and more, well, just “surviving.” Recently the carpool lines, double baseball practices, work, and laundry seem to drown out the gift to gather.
Serving with your God
When my pastor launched small groups at my church here in East Tennessee, my heart jumped. My husband and I signed up to lead one, God brought the six couples into our lives, and I realized that I was finally going to have the opportunity to use my gift to love on these families. Every week the Lord has shown us why He put us together: our stories intertwine with one seamless thread—the hope of Jesus Christ. The church encouraged us to serve outside of the church together to be God’s light. Ryan and I know that there are some hurdles that come along with trying to schedule something else in the middle of everyone’s week, but we also know that serving the community is what we are called to do.