Olivia StearComment

Radiate

Olivia StearComment
Radiate

Recently I went on a women’s retreat.  During the panel session a question was asked that struck me. How do women radiate their gifts in the Church?  One of the responses from the panel was an invitation to each women. Please, consider leading a small group. Although I have led many small groups, I am currently struggling to start a new one.  This has me thinking about the purpose of leading small groups and how they are a perfect place to radiate your gifts!


God’s mission, is You on Mission!

In prayer, God has asked me to invest in weekly women’s small groups.  Being in a new parish and new environment this felt overwhelming. To get past this obstacle, I remembered that if he is making the invitation, He will make a way.  With your unique gifts, background and interests you can collaborate with God to gather in a small group in a new way. This new endeavor of yours will draw you into deeper intimacy with HIm.  If you are feeling dry in your relationship with God and need a boost, consider leading a small group. You will experience a deeper divine intimacy when you give the faith away!


Deepen Friendships

The friendships I have built in a small group around Scripture are some of the richest relationships in my life.  I treasure those times and those women. They ground me and remind me of the greatest relationship in my life. There are a million reasons not to lead a small group, but creating deep friendships around your relationship with Jesus Christ is one of the top reasons for making it a priority for emotional and spiritual health.  In my small groups, you don’t have to worry about being judged. I am not here to change or fix or give my wisdom. My role is to win your trust, build a friendship and let God do the rest. Something amazing happens every time. Whether you know the Bible or not, God will do something new in you and in the group each time.  This small group experience never fails to create special friendships and deepen our friendship with God!


In the Darkness

There’s a third reason and purpose for leading and joining a small group but I will save that for another time.  What I want to leave you with is a little of my heart. On my best days I am this fun vibrant sanguine joyful person with a huge smile.  But on my worst days, it’s something dark. I experience isolation, loneliness and a feeling that I am living life all alone. There is nothing that moves me outside of my darker self and brings me into a place of joy than seeing God work in someone else’s life.  For me, being a part of a small group keeps me accountable to being my best self. Even more, it reminds me of how much I am loved by the Creator. If I can bring more of this beauty and love into your life by encouraging you to lead a small group, contact me!