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Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)
By Diane Bertrand
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Since joining this group several years ago Jillian has come to realize what a blessing it is to share first and foremost a love for the Lord. This relationship with Jesus opens the door to share al of lifeís ins and outs with these women.
Jillian now understands that itís not so much because they have something in common, but much more because of Who they have in common. She shares a bond with these women that is just not there with her friends who donít know or trust the Lord.
Jillian recalls how she was not always so eager to belong to a small group. Being a very private person she found she was naturally uncomfortable sharing herself with others. She preferred to keep her innermost thoughts and feeling between herself and God .Having been hurt by opening up in the past, she felt vulnerable and safer not divulging her secrets to others.
But as time went on, wanting to be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit that she felt to get involved, she realized that these women had some of the same struggles, dreams and fears that she did, and on more than one occasion someone was able to offer a different perspective or approach to dealing with an issue that proved to be just what she needed. Even more pleasantly surprising was the joy she felt in being able to do the same for one of them.
These women, her friends, also prayed for her and encouraged her reminding her always that they and more importantly, God is on her side and committed to helping her do His will and become more like Jesus in every situation.
Today Jillian is so grateful for these friends and sisters that God has given her to share her
ďBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. ď2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (New American Standard Bible)
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