Dear Grace : Words from Carrie Postma

Dear Grace,

When we are walking in step with our Creator, we find a sense of purpose that we can’t find anywhere else. Our spiritual peace of mind is dependent on our direct relationship with God and others. It’s through connection to others where we find accountability, encouragement, growth, support, love, grace and learning. All of these things allow us to dig deeper into an abiding relationship with God.

Have you ever met someone and there is that moment when you find out they love Jesus? There is a stirring in your soul of connection, based on something much deeper than your circumstances and surroundings. It’s the moment your heart knows that you are family. It’s a really great feeling to find that eternal common ground with someone new.

Do you find it challenging to reach out to other women in our own church family? It’s possible that the enemy wants to divide us because he knows how powerful we can be when we all come together. He places damaging lies in our heads to make sure we don’t connect with others because that would be disastrous for his end game.

Ladies, we have the power of the living God pumping through our veins, (check out 2 Timothy 1:7). Imagine what could happen if we lived like we believed that truth! We cannot allow fear or insecurities to keep us from reaching out to each other.

I fully understand how uncomfortable it can be to reach out to others. The turn & greet during church is one of the most awkward things for me, as an introvert. But, you know what? I have met some incredible people in those few seconds of shaking hands with strangers – and I survived! There are plenty of opportunities for us to reach out and connect. Maybe you could try one of these ideas in the next few weeks:

  • Add a new friend on social media and set up a coffee date.
  • Start a prayer group in your home.
  • Join a Bible study (or start one!).
  • Invite someone to tea/coffee/lunch to get to know them better or re-connect.
  • Attend a women’s event through the church.
  • Serve in a ministry. (This is a great way to build your tribe and get to know others with the same passions)
  • Walk up to someone in church and introduce yourself! I know this is taking the turn & greet to a whole new level, but you can do it! Especially those of you who have been attending church for a long time, welcome someone new. It’s tough being the new kid!

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty second of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it” – Benjamin Mee

Heavenly Father,
I ask that you would pour out boldness on these women. That they would rise up and embrace who you have made them to be. May you open their eyes to see themselves as you see them – unique and perfect. Place on their hearts a specific way they can reach out to others and share the gifts you have given them. Reveal opportunities to connect in organic, meaningful ways. I humbly pray that the women of Grace Chapel would be known for the way they embrace differences, overcome fears, conquer insecurities and love each other well. In your son’s most precious name,
Amen.

Postma_Winter2016-3Carrie Postma and her family have been attending Grace Chapel for over 4 years. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they are trying to raise up their three teenagers with minimal damage. You can usually find Carrie hanging out in Ardent with the high schoolers or at a local Starbucks sipping chai tea with friends.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Dear Grace : Words from Carrie Postma

  1. Sharon Osterhoudt says:

    Wonderful words of encouragement. I agree with you it’s hard to step out of our comfort zone but sometimes it is so necessary…and God blesses us in the process. Thank you for the challenge.

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