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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Five Minute Friday...Community



Community is not a one size fits all…
its definition cannot be confined by rigid boundaries…
and what is community for one person may not be community for another.

Community is just like other aspects of our Christian life…
we can look around and envy what others have…
try to emulate how other “do “ community.

We are part of a body…some hands…some fingers…some toes…
if parts of the body have different expressions fitting together to make the whole body…
why would community be any different.
 Community differing according to the need…
community fitting each part of the body.

Our Christian walk needs to have fluidity about it…so does community.
 Life does not stay the same…our family grows…our children grow…
and as seasons change…how we do community changes also.

As I click around the blog community, I see I am one of the older ladies around.
I have had so many different expressions of community. 
I had to learn different isn’t bad…just different.
Once I let go of my idea of community/fellowship and let God write His definition on my life…
community sprung up in surprising ways.

So I pray that no matter where you find yourself today in regard to community…
you will let God come and give you His eyes…
eyes to see the world right where you are…
sometimes community is found in unlikely places.
As Ann’s says, “The remedy is in the retina.”

22 comments:

  1. Oh, this is so true, so beautiful -- your wise words that community is fluid, and that we must trust the Father through it all. Thank you. You bless me.

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    1. Jennifer...I have lived the rigid life and so thankful now feel...and let God's spirit bring more fluidity...freedom. You bless me to my friend...have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. The differences in us are to compliment the Body of Christ -- our differences make beauty, if we can see them that way. We have so much to learn from each other and you offer it so gracefully here.

    You are a blessing in my life... you have helped me focus on what is most important... thank you for that :)

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    1. Michele...thanks for your kind words...thanks for blessings my life...enjoy the weekend~

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  3. "Community differing according to the need...community fitting each part of the body." I love this perspective. One size does not fit all. That offers something to think about. Thank you!

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    1. Theresa...I played the comparison game too long...not seeing what I have for being blinded by what I thought I wanted...needed. Seasons come and go...I have learned we need to allow for those changes...they affect all areas of our lives...thanks for stopping by...blessings~

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  4. Oh this: "Once I let go of my idea of community/fellowship and let God write His definition on my life…
    community sprung up in surprising ways."

    How true and wonderful this is! My community doesn't look liek what I imagined, but that's a good thing. Like a patchwork quilt, it's rich with various colorful people, and each piece adds something special... Loved this, Ro! Blessings, sister-friend.

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    1. Kris...mine doesn't look like I thought it would...but yes...a lovely patchwork quilt...have a wonderful weekend and blessings to you my sister-friend.

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  5. I appreciated and enjoyed the wisdom of your blog! Thanks, Amy @graceinthemoment.com

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    1. amy...so glad you stopped by...blessings to you~

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  6. I'm with Kris on this one--that was my favorite part.
    And loved comparing community to the body of Christ. because that's what the body of Christ is, isn't it...uniquely made to all fit together perfectly.
    That is worth celebrating indeed!
    And so are you. for I am honored to have you in my community, Ro!
    (and you are so not old...wiser than I, true, but not old) :)
    Enjoy your weekend, friend!

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  7. Nikki...may we all continue to grow in this celebration...I am blessed as well having you, my friend in this community...have a lovely weekend...blessings~

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  8. So true, wise and encouraging...we are all different but each of us brings a unique gift to community...Thanks for always helping us see better when we visit ...grateful for you being in my community...have a blessed weekend with your wonderful family, dear Ro :)

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    1. Dolly...thank you...and i too am thankful we have found this space together...have a great weekend...blessings~

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  9. Thank you so much, Ro, for a beautiful, insightful post! I continually ask God for His eyes to see. It's a critically important prayer, because often my eyes can be clouded and distort the view. I need to see my life from *His* perspective. Actually, I often ask God to give me new eyes and fresh vision. He gave you new eyes when you were able to see the fluidity of community flowing around you in a new way, via the blogosphere--maybe not the community you had originally imagined or intended. It was a surprise to you. And yet, what a wonderful surprise. God can connect your heart with the hearts of women all over America--and even the world via this marvelous means of communication. You are sharing the essence of true community, and that is soul-to-soul. Like you, I am of a different vintage from many of the bloggers whose posts I read. Maybe this is when it's ok not to see quite as clearly--to be blind to age, because in the end, it really doesn't matter. In Christ, our "inner man" just keeps getting younger, in a way that counts most. We are being renewed. And so, I join you, heart-to-heart, in the community of the renewed in Christ. I join you as part of the community eternal!
    Thanks again for a soulful post.
    Lynn Morrissey

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    1. Wow...lynn...thanks for all this encouragement...this really ministers to me...I am waiting for you to jump in and join the party...thanks again...blessings to you~

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  10. Thank you for this post today.... you had me at the opening line "community is not a one size fits all." I love the wisdom of fluidity to embrace how community evolves and changes over time. And I can completely understand how community is sometimes found in unlikely places. I have been sent to another city and country for my daughter to receive medical treatment, just as I needed "my" community like never before, yet God meets us in all places and has provided me with a community of others with on a similar journey with their children. These new friends may well become old friends and I'm grateful for it. Thank you!

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    1. Kate...wow...so sorry to hear about your daughter...would love to hear the story sometime. I love your story of community...what a testimony to God's faithfulness to us...blessings to you...have a great weekend.

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  11. I'm purposing to let God give me His eyes...eyes to see right where I am, perhaps in the unlikliest places. And you should know, Ro, *YOU* are community to me. You represent a loving heart reaching out in relationship. And although you are a tad older than my 41 years, I need you. I need to know that there is someone who has walked where I've been, someone who has experienced tragedy and heartache and diversity but cultivated character through it, someone who has invested in her children and they've grown to love God and others...we need more women like you in the blogging world. Because there is so much to be said for someone who has faithfully served her God and family for so long. And I need your wisdom. I need your voice. Blessings to you, my friend!

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    1. jacque...I have no words...so touched and humbled by your more than kind words here...I love your heart too...I mine treasures always when I visit you. Blessings to you my friend.

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  12. In my very favorite spiritual gifts book - I discovered why I am the way I am and why others are different - and how all that works together in community. It allowed me to be who God created me to be and allowed me to admire and love how God created others to be - instead of me feeling like I needed to do it ALL well and be ALL things. I think it has allowed me to embrace the diversity of community, to have a clearer message for encouragement - Your definition of community rings clear and beautiful!

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    1. B...I think God has us on similar journeys...thanks for stopping by...blessings~

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