Cultivate Community

Community.

That word is full of promise, isn’t it? For me, hearing this word creates pictures of friends coming over for dinner, kids growing up alongside each other, and people walking through joy and pain together.

Do you have a supportive community in your life? If not, it might just be time to create one!

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Here in Hebrews, we are actually told not to neglect meeting together! We are encouraged, for our benefit, to seek out fellowship. God knew we would need friends. He knows it’s difficult to walk in this Christian life alone. That’s why He designed the church.

He also knows that some of us might not naturally feel the desire to be a part of a community. We are all so uniquely-made. Some are social, some love to be in solitude.

Whatever your personality type, you will benefit from strong community.

In my own life, community was never as strong as the time in my life when I was involved in a Mothers of Preschoolers group. We walked through births, deaths, divorces, and just plain being moms together. We “met” regularly. We ate together, and our kids became friends.

As I look back to those precious times, I see that it was exactly what God intended. By attending those meetings, bringing egg casseroles, and volunteering in the nursery once in a while, I was cultivating my community.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “cultivate” this way:

“To prepare and use for the raising of crops; also : to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants),  to foster the growth of, (cultivate vegetables), to improve by labor, care, or study, refine (cultivate the mind).”

When we cultivate our relational lives, and create a community that’s supportive, we are preparing ourselves for a harvest. Little did I know that all my hard work, as I helped run the discussion group at my Mom’s group, was going to yield a harvest. The fruits of my labor are my lifelong friends. They grew out of my desire to cultivate a community of sisters that would be like family to me.

What a reward we reap when we sow the seeds of community in our lives.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9

How are you cultivating community in your life? Where do you go regularly, and who do you see often? Are you being intentional about your community?

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Dont give up. Don’t give in to the weariness that creeps in as you do the work. Focus on the harvest and Christ will lead you to your own personal community.

The day after I thought I had finished writing this blog, I went to church and learned that a brand new MOPS group is starting up at Family Worship Center! I believe God gave me this message for some of you young moms. This is exactly the type group I thrived in and enjoyed so much quite a few years ago. Please let me know if any of you decide to try it out after reading this!

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Writing in answer to His call,

Hosanna Barton

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