Thursday, April 27, 2017

All Things New

I mentioned last week that I started going to a ladies Bible study at church.  That in itself is a miracle as I normally shy away from people I don't know but I felt the Lord's prompting and so I went.  I was thankful that I had.

This morning was the second meeting and I admit that I felt quite apprehensive about going.  I was a bit lightheaded and my heart was racing.  I prayed and sang praise songs in the car on the way and I made it.

I was quieter this week than last week.  Some of the ladies shared some of the struggles that they either are dealing with or have experienced.  I struggled whether or not to share and almost did but we ran out of time.  I thought I would have a sense of relief but I did not.

The verses that stood out the most to me are 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.

Blessed 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 tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

There is great risk in sharing. Would they see me differently? Would they understand?  And would I be afraid?

It is far easier to share in writing than in person.  I am a writer and not a public speaker.  My sharing comes at great cost to me but my desire is to share how much God has turned what was meant to be bad into something very good.

But is it fair to burden others with what happened?  I know what the "answer" would be is that as the church we are to bear one another's burdens  Still, I am uncertain what to do.

God does make all things new but that does not make the suffering go away.  I do not know what each day will bring ~ how I will feel ~ but I do know that God's grace is sufficient for me.

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  1. I am a good listener but I don't share everything. My life has been so complicated that it is hard to explain most of it. So I try to help others by listening to them with what I've learned tucked away to help me understand. (does that make sense?) I know you'll figure out what to do through prayer my friend. Hugs, Diane

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    1. Diane, your words do make a lot of sense and I appreciate them. I am going to tuck them away. xo

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  2. I do understand. It is difficult to reveal oneself, always wondering if people will still see you in the same way. Yet a spirit filled group should be able to provide a reassurance. Im sure you will be led to share if and when you are ready.

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    1. Elizabeth, thank you for your encouragement. This group in particular are very warm and kind.

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  3. Hello Gina, I understand your reluctance to share and open yourself up. Sometimes it feels right and other times you have to take your time.....We all fear revealing some things we have experienced with others. If you find that you are nurtured and others are loving and understanding, you may feel safe to share. Sending hugs xo Karen

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    1. Karen, your words are a balm to my heart. Thank you. xo

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  4. I am glad you fought through and make it to Bible Study. It may take you a while to feel comfortable in sharing but God will help you to know the right time to share. I am trying to be more quiet....I tend to talk too much and I have decided to work on that!!

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    1. Arlene, I don't think you talk too much. I need to be a little more talkative. Maybe you could share your gift of words with me!

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  5. Gina, I think it is lovely you are going to a bible study where there are ladies to meet with. You will know when and if you want to share parts of your life. It can be terrifying to open up; I am sure there are those present who would be blessed by your lovely self. You have such a beautiful heart and soul.

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    1. Kim, your kind words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. ♥

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  6. I am so glad you went again, I felt the same way when we started at this church, it took quite a while for me to feel comfortable and now I feel comfortable with the ladies to share, it may take you a month it may take you a year, but don't feel you have to share right away or ever for that matter, but you will be amazed I think how you can learn and grow with these ladies :)

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    1. Connie, your words are so encouraging. Thank you! I am glad you found your ladies Bible study group. xo

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We all have our “good old days” tucked away inside our hearts, and we return to them in dreams like cats to favorite armchairs. ~ B. Carter