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[Five Minute Friday] Join

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[Today I’m joining the wonderful LisaJo of thegypsymama and a beautiful community of bloggers for the 5 minute Friday writing prompt. Today the word is JOIN.]

“In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5 [NIV]

So, this past Tuesday I decided to go to the Reality SF Connect Group in my neighborhood. They are studying the Psalms. Oh how I love the Psalms.

I wanted to join a Connect Group because they are a wonderful way to meet other Christians and study the bible. I belonged to one in Los Angeles and really grew in my faith.

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Matthew 18:20 [NASB]

Plus, I know hardly anyone in San Francisco and very few people in my neighborhood.

Besides, I need want to meet new people and make new friends. And I specifically wanted to make new Christian friends. I wanted to create a friendship circle in which Christ is put first.

And sometimes you can only go to a fellow Christian to talk about life’s struggles because only they understand life from your same perspective. Christians simply need other Christians.

And occasionally, I learn more in the Connect Group meetings than I do in church because the Lord just feels so personal there.

I love hearing how Christ affects the lives of others. I love seeing the faces of people light up as they share praise report. And I love praying for others – together.

“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.”  James 5:16a (MSG)

I love seeing the power of Jesus.

It’s nice to find a community of believers especially that live really close to me. I’m imagining the Lord blessing and looking over my little neighborhood.

I just need to remember to draw myself out of my shell, so that I can make new friends and grow in Christ.

Do you belong to a community group based out of your church? What do you think of your group? How have you made new Christian friends? I’d love to hear from you.

Wishing you hope, joy, and peace,


Five Minute Friday


6 thoughts on “[Five Minute Friday] Join

  1. jenbuckner says:

    Hope, I love this and I am so glad you are connecting with other believers. I am part of a small group of moms in my area, and these women have become like family to me. It is so enriching to find a small group of great friends who love God, too! Blessings to you this week, friend!! ~Jen


    • hopejoypeace says:

      A small group of moms sounds great. Our group is a mixed one. I really like how the women and men break up into separate groups at the end so each gender can really share with others of the same sex. It was nice. 🙂 Thanks for commenting. Blessings to you!


  2. brijr98 says:

    Your new connect group sounds like a blessing. I’ve gotten to know people by participating in church activities. It gives me a chance to hang out with people I don’t know too well.

    Just visiting from the five minute friday link-up 🙂


    • hopejoypeace says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me such a nice message. My connect group is definitely a blessing. It sounds like you are a blessing to your church by participating in the activities. I’m looking for a way to serve my new church. Our pastor was just talking about being less consumer-oriented toward church and more servant oriented. I’m excited for the challenge. Thank you again for stopping by. Blessings to you and yours!


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