“IT WON’T BE LONG UNTIL YOU KNOW YOU BELONG.”
There is a universal lie every woman has heard, “You don’t belong.” I think it started in Kindergarten at the finger-painting station. Now, it seems to whisper and yell at us in our roles as daughters, friends, wives, and moms. When God first told me to teach a women’s Bible study, I was terrified. I didn’t realize it then, but I was scared that the women would find out that I wasn’t fit to lead. Later, I found out that many women don’t ever attempt to connect with other women because they are terrified they won’t fit in anyway. The result has been a lot of lied to isolated women; this cycle preserves the lie and maintains prison walls around our hearts and lives.
But boy do I have a story for you! So, you know how God told me to teach? Well, even though I was scared, I was more scared of being disobedient to God than I was of being rejected by women - so I led. Four women showed up in my living room. We didn’t know each other from Adam, but we all got a cup of coffee, prayed, and began sharing. We soon found out we were all tired women who had believed a lie. We found out that we do belong! We had the same struggles and we were all imperfect messes. It was so refreshing! Our little mess of four women has grown to a big wonderful mess of many women who unite and encourage one another through the Word and through community. Whenever we see a women who seems isolated and alone, we ask her to join us and we say, “C’mon over; it won’t be long until you know you belong!”
Kristina Seymour loves to encourage and equip women through the Word and through community. She is the author of The Warrior Mom Handbook, The Warrior Mom Leadership Manual, and The Warrior Wife Handbook; they are available at Amazon.com. Kristina's Bible studies are for women who desire to live by faith in the midst of their everyday lives. She has learned that women can't survive on caffeine and animal crackers alone; women in the Word and in community are united and able to stand firm. To learn more about Kristina, please visit her recently founded Share & Company Publishing House http://seymourkristina.wix.