Community

Gotta love that Lisa-Jo.  Here we go.  It’s Five-Minute Friday:

[T]here is a weight to this word: community.  It gets stuck in my mouth a little. Like peanut butter.  Which I love.  But, also, it makes me a little worried, too, if I’m honest.  I love it, and I also worry about the consequences of it, what it will require of me.  If I’ll get sucked in too much and feel guilty about indulging this heart of mine, later.

I’ve been in so many groups — the first before children, when my  husband and I joined three other couples and shared our lives for a good almost two years — before the Silicon Valley bubble crashed, and then everyone moved away.  And then, with our first baby born, I joined a mother’s group, and I thought I would die if I missed a Tuesday and couldn’t see them.  It was the being together, not so much what we shared but the love of the Father helping us to physically get there, together, despite all crazy motherhood obstacles, that made our hearts sing.

And then the couples group — four other couples that each had two kids, and then almost all had three, all our kids the exact same age — that we shared our hearts with for over five years.  {Or was it longer, friends?}  And that ended . . . as parenting seemed to sap us dry for a bit, calendars pulling us each away. It seemed we had forgotten how to fight for each other.

And then there is My Girls – and here – where it all begins again.  Community that sings to my heart and heals and where there is no pressure to be a certain way. The Spirit leads, and that, there, is the beauty, the magic sauce, the sticky wonderfulness of it all.  We don’t have to do a thing to stay connected.  And that is what I finally learned, through it all.

He brings the community.  It is only my job to listen close and trust that these friends He gathers up are fine to love, and He will show me how to do it too, and trust with His heart, no matter how sticky it gets.  He wasn’t afraid to get messy, His hand in the jar.  I want to be just like Him.

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I want to add that I am overwhelmingly blessed by this community, this one, right here.  He gathers us up in this place, all together.  We are His girls.  I hope you feel all that sticky yumminess that He brings, here, too.

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  • Ro elliott

    Hey there neighbor…oh yes…I feel the sticky yumminess here…I love doing community here…always blessed coming here. Blessings my friend~

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Sweet Ro, you are delicious!  Always a delight and a smile to my heart.  Bless you, friend!

  • http://twitter.com/lifesurrendered Michele-Lyn Ault

    I was just hopping over to your place when the email notification for your comment came it. You humbled me, you know. Your words, they are so genuine, and so full of love and permeate His Spirit. You have a beautiful relationship with the Lord that inspires me and I know many others to know Him more.

    There is such healing in community — healing, I am convinced the devil did not want us to know. This community here, is especially filled with love and grace. I am truly blessed that our paths have crossed. I hope to hug your neck in real life one day… for now, I send you —>HUGS<—… 

    With love to you,

    Michele

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Hugs to you, too, sweet friend!  Yep, I bet we are all so dangerous, being filled with His Spirit as we hear Him speak through these connections on-line!  Love it!  Praying you have a beautiful weekend, Michele.

      Love,
      Jennifer

  • Theresa Miller

    He brings the community…I love that and agree whole-heartedly. Under those circumstances, we can trust who He brings. So reassuring! You have a beautiful community with your girls (His girls) and this blog!

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Yes, we can absolutely trust Him.  :)  Thank you so much, Theresa.  Blessed to see you here!

  • http://twitter.com/NarrowPaths2HP Alia Joy

    Love this. And peanut butter also. Good  and yummy words, delightful thoughts to ponder. 

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Thank you, Alia!  Bless you!

  • alwaysalleluia

    Mm, sweet, sticky peanutbutter, and friends… two of my favorite things! Yes! Oh how He’s brought the friends!! You have built a beautiful, Christ-centered community with “you are my girls”.  Look at what God is doing through you–amazing!! ;) XO

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Me too, sweet friend!  :)  So blessed by you.  Truly.  Love being part of this sisterhood with you.  

  • http://www.pruningprincesses.blogspot.com/ Laura

    Great descriptions of how community changes. I’ve been through most all of the steps but still mourning the current stage where calendars seem to pull us apart! 

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Yes, there is a mourning, isn’t there?  It has been over a year now that our previous group disbanded, one we had been a part of for every  Thursday evening for five plus years.  We see them in other settings, and we still have a heart connection with these couples for which we are so grateful.  But the day in- day out of community connection can be missed.  And I have to trust that God knows exactly what He is doing! :)  (Always praying for more faith!) ;)  Blessings to you, Laura.  

  • Erin Messing

    Beautiful. Community changes so much as we progress through life and it’s always a wonderful thing to find the one that seems effortless, that takes you as you are. 

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Yes!  What a beautiful, heart-stretching journey it all is!  Bless you, Erin.  

  • http://www.mckimmet.blogspot.com/ Kate Mckimmet

    Thank you Jennifer – I’m feeling overwhelmingly blessed to read your beautiful and honest posts that are always full of wisdom.  Thank you for inviting us to community here with you – I’ve felt lifted and loved by your recent comments of support and prayers for my daughter and family, right here in our cyber community.  Blessings to you and your family x

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      I am just overwhelmed at these new friends He brings — through our sharing our words, our hearts, with one another.  We aren’t just typing. His words connect hearts.  Amazing.  Such a blessing to me, Kate. Thank you.

  • http://www.athankfullheart.blogspot.com/ Miranda @ A ThankFULL Heart

    Yes, we are His girls — hallelujah! It starts and ends with Him and just like with everything, community needs to be centered around Christ.

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Yes, this is no small thing!!  Our identity in Him is everything!  I am grateful for community that helps me remember that.  Thank you, sweet, Miranda. Your words here make me smile.  

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    He does bring the community, doesn’t He. What a blessing He puts people in our paths that will ease our journeys home! I’m so blessed to be a part of your community here, Jennifer! It’s a perfect practice run and gives but a glimpse of what heaven will be like. When we are fully communed with Him. our body of Christ complete. . .
    Hugs to you, friend! Enjoy your weekend!

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Yes, absolutely, a practice run for how community will be someday, as you so very beautifully transcribed in your post today.  I just loved it, Nikki.  Love how your heart sings for Him.  Praying you have a beautiful weekend, too!  Thank you, friend!

  • ruthlesslove

    Looks like you have a great thing going on here.  I’d love to learn more about it.  Community is a wonderful thing isn’t it!  Glad I stopped by from Five Minute Friday!  hugs…

    • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

      Oh, Ruth, your blog’s name, “Ruthlesslove”. . . I love that.  Perfect.  When we are all gathered up, in His arms, it is such a delight.  His love unites us all.  Amazing!  I loved meeting you here!  Can’t wait to get to know you better and go visit your blog!  Blessings to you!

  • http://www.mercyfoundme.com/ Jacque Watkins

    Love your words today…genuine, heart-felt, with lightheartedness thrown in too :) Thank you, my friend!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I miss you my friend.  I’ve been neglectful in my blog reading of late.  I am going to spend some time here, catching up, soaking up your words. Grateful for you.  Grateful for this community.