I’m not the least bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve been feeling a little homesick lately and no matter how many times our family moves, Louisiana will always be “home” in my heart. It’s where most of my siblings and relatives live, along with my amazing dad who just turned 84 this month.
Oh, how I love to cross the border line that launches our family into the great Pelican State. You can almost smell the fried shrimp and Cajun gumbo. Or, taste the powdered sugar that settles on your tongue while you’re savoring each bit of those delicious Cafe’ Du Monde Beignets. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
I think there’s another reason why I’m homesick though. It’s because the weather is getting colder here in North Carolina and becoming more Winter-ish each day. People are staying indoors and fewer neighbors are outside walking their dogs. Friends have less time to visit because everyone is running from store to store, checking off their Christmas list and stocking up on red ribbon and ornaments.
If I’m not careful, I can easily slip into a lonely spell that will have me living in sweatpants and eating comfort food for the next 3 months. That would not be good for my attitude or my waistline! You see, I’m quite the social gal and love spending time with family and friends.The more the merrier is my favorite mantra when it comes to mingling with others.
During this time of the year, I have to be more intentional about creating opportunities for community. You know, getting together with friends and making plans to do something fun every once in a while.
What about you? Do you tend to get a little lonely at times and feel as though you’re homesick for family and friends? Maybe you spend your days at home alone, while the kids are at school. Or, your work requires you to travel a lot and the smell of airports and hotel rooms brings tears to your eyes because you’d rather be home instead.
This week’s Life Lesson is about Community and how we are especially designed for it. I hope you’ll take a few minutes out of your busy day to watch this short video I’ve created just for you. I’d love for you to leave a comment and share some of your ideas too!
At Proverbs 31 Ministries, we have several online communities, online Bible Studies, and Gather & Grow Groups to choose from. It’s a great way for you to develop friendships, while studying the Bible, with women in your own community, throughout the US, or even in other countries. Wouldn’t it be oh-so-cool to have a Bible study buddie in England or France?
Here’s the best part – it can be done from the convenience of your own home. This can be such an added plus, especially for those of you who are soon-to-be digging snow out of your driveway just to make a McDonalds run for some fries and a burger.
Click here to find out more about our P31 groups today.
Question: What are some ways that you have created community in your own circle of influence?