A few weeks ago a good friend of mine mentioned me in an article she wrote – quoting some advice I had given her about parenting. It was so much fun to receive texts and emails from friends after they had read the article. I was humbled by the fact that those words I had shared were remembered. I laughed when she described my style of hospitality. Over the years, I have often gone to her for help or to listen to her advice. Lyz is much younger than me and much more hip than me. How many times did I ask her how to stream TV? I just couldn’t wrap my brain around this concept. How do you get channels to appear on your television if it’s not connected to a cable? I called her on the phone to talk about streaming, I went across the street to her house to watch her stream, and I got a private lesson on streaming from her husband Dave… This young mom inspires me to live life to the fullest. From her I learn that it is ok to share my opinion, that I can be transparent and honest and weak. I don’t have to pretend to have all the answers in order to be respected. She loves me more because of my brokenness. Lyz has walked with me through the good times and the “refining by fire” times. I believe that God placed her in my life so that I can learn from her. I also believe that He placed me in her life for the same purpose, so that she can learn from me.
We often buy into the lie that we have to compete with one another. Society tells us that we have to take care of our own self-interests. God’s plan is that we are to complete one another! When we follow His lead in our relationship with others, He is glorified. We are to learn from one another. We are to walk along side of one another. We are to love each other in times of weakness and in times of strength. This is what I love most about House of Hope. Each day women come together to complete one another in Christ. Brave, insightful, strong, loving, transparent women speak the truth about how God sees them. We spur one another on to run the race and to run it with grace. We laugh together; we cry together, we strategize together.
Today I do know how to stream television. I have even learned to stream it to my tablet and cell phone! I am so blessed to be able to connect with God’s women in a way that brings spiritual renewal and growth. We are a community that intentionally seeks truth and freedom.
I have an art piece on my wall at work that describes what women like Lyz and I experience as we live life together. It says “she was on a voyage toward truth, love and profound transformation. She found courage amidst the storms, and faith in her sails as she left the safety of the harbor for freedom, dreams and possibility”.