After watching the first ever IF:Gathering online early last year, I knew God was speaking to me. Though difficult to put into words, it was as if I were already part of this growing vision. I felt compelled to begin hosting monthly dinners but was nervous about stepping out of my comfort zone.
So last May, I walked away from the bible study & leadership team that had been an integral part of my life for 10 years – a place of refuge in life’s darkest seasons, bringing me closer to God and paving the way for many deep friendships. While I was certain the time had come to say goodbye, my heart was grieving.
It was then I decided to take on the massive job of staining our GINORMOUS deck. A 6+ hour task completed in one shot, all the while playing the same song over and over and over again:
I was in a murky place and wanted to trust where God was leading but it was hard stepping into the unknown. So whenever I was scared, I would think of the song.
And in June I began inviting women over for monthly IF:Table dinners. All strangers to each other. Some barely even known to me!
Six months later I receive an email from someone I hadn’t connect with in years, asking if I would be interested in attending the 2015 IF:Gathering broadcast at a church in the western suburbs.
I said yes!!! Yes to stepping out of my comfort zone in a very big way by attending with a group of mostly new-to-me women. Guess what song I played over and over and over again during the 45-minute drive?
And guess what song “happened” to be on the set list at the conference?!! Just one of the many affirming God Moments from the weekend. I am still processing everything that was shared. The speakers, the message – everything broke my heart wide open.
And this group of women? LOVE THEM! I am so grateful for the time we had together and pray our paths come together again.