Mainly, some time with my people.
Now listen, I love Love LOVE my GOG family, like whoa love them. And I love Love LOVE the ministry we get to do in each city. God literally stunned me this weekend with His heart for these girls and His presence at the event. I can’t even describe it.
But after being around 3000+ people for twelve-ish hours and being on the road for four days of the last seven, I needed to rest [as we discussed Friday]… I needed that kind of rest that looks like your BFFs riding in a car with the windows down and a Sonic drink in your hand and hipster music blaring from the speakers. With my people, but calmly quiet.
So Lyndsay and I loaded up and drove away from Nashville. [Nichole was busy painting her bedroom MONACO BLUE – don’t even get me started. It’s gorgeous. I over-explain, lest you should think we had a BFF breakup.]
We drove for a while to a little local small town known for it’s adorableness. And adorable it was. We had ice cream and made up an entire storyline about Tony the Tiger’s bully stepbrother [we’re freaks… but we’re funny] and we just lived in the same space for a few hours.
With big writing deadlines looming [today!] and another week of crazy travel, I am learning this new season and trying to respect when my heart yearns for my people, even when it means I step away from important work and ministry.
And yesterday, it did all of that- my heart yearned and work needed to wait. And over ice cream and laughs and car rides and music and antique stores and quiet, my heart was filled.
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I haven’t always had people here, ya know. In fact, when I moved here, I had four.
Kevin. Mandy. Jason. Marisa.
Four people in this whole city who even knew my name.
Those four, and the ones who have come along since? I recognize them for what they are- gifts. Gifts that God has entrusted to me- all of which I am terribly undeserving.
(in)courage is talking all about community this month. This week, the focus is on how to build community and I got to write a post all about how to find friends.
You know me, you know I don’t know everything. But I wrote a bit in this post about things I’ve seen work for me when it comes to making friends. I’d love for you to improve my post by leaving a comment of other ways you have found friends.
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I could go on and on about my people here in Nashville. I want to start listing friends and how they are a blessing, but I would inevitably leave someone out and that would be a rotten thing to do on a Monday. Suffice it to say, I am blessed beyond measure in quality of friendship- in the end, quality of quantity.
And the quality of my friends? Gals like Lyndsay and Nichole?