“Would this bright, beautiful girl even be interested in spending time with a middle-aged housewife like me?” When I met Bahar, she was a social butterfly with a million friends. I was a stay at home mom overwhelmed by two small kids. I could barely get a shower most days, let alone get outside my house.
I sensed the Lord leading me to encourage younger women in our church, but I didn’t know what to do. I began to pray for a few women and call them occasionally. The first time I called Bahar, I had to force myself to dial the numbers with sweaty hands. What if I was bothering her? What if she really didn’t want to talk to me?
As Bahar and I got to know each other, I discovered we had several interests in common, including a passion for God’s word. I also realized how much we both needed someone to talk to. That was ten years ago. Today, she’s one of my go-to girls if I need prayer, a word of advice, or someone to listen.
I’ve seen these scriptures come to life:
Many Christian women are isolated and overwhelmed by the demands of caring for our families, our jobs, keeping house, and holding ourselves together. We desperately need fellowship with faith sisters. We need encouragement and accountability, but who has the time?
Our insecurities hold us back. We look at other women and think, “She has it all together. Would she even like me? What do I have to offer?”
We don’t realize other women look at us and think the same thing.
Do you have any go-to girls in your life?
If you don’t, how about praying for some? Developing a faith sister relationship is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Consider reaching out more intentionally to a friend you already have or to an acquaintance you’ve felt drawn to.
Three Ways to Make Faith Sister Fellowship Part of Your Life.
Keep it Simple
Start by telephoning that friend more regularly. Meet for lunch once a month. Perhaps you and two friends can make a threesome.
Have fun with your faith sisters. Laugh with them, but be intentional to forge a spiritual connection. You might try one of these ideas when you get together:
- Share prayer requests and pray together.
- Keep each other accountable to read God’s word daily. Share with each other a favorite scripture you read the past week.
- Share 3 things you’re thankful for and 2 concerns you have.
- Take turns choosing a short passage to read together.
Even if you can only meet once a month, stay connected. Keep in touch by phone or social media. Share prayer needs, and keep praying for each other. Send a text or quick e-mail to cheer your sister on.
Fellowship with faith sisters helps us grow spiritually. We encourage and keep one another accountable. Hopefully we have fun together. Sometimes I laugh to think that my friendship with Bahar started with a phone call I was almost too scared to make!
What about you? Do you have any faith sisters? Is there someone you can encourage with a phone call today?