Being on the Deliberate Women team has been a wonderful blessing for me (Mia), especially as an artist who does so much of my ministry in a solo setting. Many times I share music, surrounded by hundreds or thousands of people, yet there I am, alone on a stage with just a keyboard and a mic.
Being with a team of women that share a common focus has been a blessing, but in a sense we are still alone because we all live in different states across the country. We all have our own individual lives that do not intersect except through the written word.
So, this day, as I sit here quietly, doing my devotions, opening up the Word of God and listening to the scampering steps of six children on the floor above me, I smile, because those are the footsteps of our Deliberate Women Team leader and founder, Mandy Pagano’s, children.
This day, I sit physically with my Deliberate Women ladies as more head into town for a women’s conference that Mandy organized at her home church. This day, as I write, many from the cyber team come together to meet face to face. This day, moms are leaving their children, for a time to fellowship, worship, grow and learn. This day, I am overwhelmed to be on a team, to not stand alone, to remember what an amazing group I am a part of.
But, it wasn’t easy. It’s not always convenient to travel, to leave the hustle and bustle behind… the obligations... people you love... children that love and need you. Sometimes, we need to plan ahead; sometimes we need to put a lot of energy into making things happen. Sometimes, we just need to be face to face and trust that God can handle our lives for a moment, a fleeting moment as we step out (or in this case step out of town.)
Ladies… Facebook, blogs, texting and all our other ways of communicating are great, Praise God! but let’s not neglect what is real and true in the flesh. As you are able, remember to step out for some face-to-face time with the people you love, the people you are getting to know, the people who NEED YOU!
It doesn’t have to be a cross-country trip or even an overnighter, but how about we (me included) take a step outside our front door, take a peek and see people as they truly are, flawed yes, maybe not as cute as they appear on Facebook, but to see them and let them see us…. people who need people.
Let’s dare to love and dare to BE loved.
I love you in the Lord, Mia
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