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Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be...

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  1. My answer is not so much of a “WHO”, but rather a “WHAT.”

    My moving to a new place, in a new country, has highlighted for me the vital necessity of real community. I look back at my years spent in neighborhoods and churches in the U.S., and I could literally kick myself for all the ways I excused away the importance of community–schedules or a messy house or having to cook. I missed so many opportunities, and now that finding community is SO MUCH HARDER, I am tasting the value of it all the stronger.

    It is so worth the fight it takes to pursue it.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    Love from here,

    laura

  2. All the people who have been in groups with me over the year, each one unique and special. Some I liked right away. Others it took a while. But it isn’t about ‘liking’; it’s about about discovering why we were brought together. People move in and out of groups. God is in it.

    Thanks for the inspiration. I used to always be in a group, but cancer in the family pulled me out two years ago, made groups gathering during high-risk flu seasons unadvisable. But now I am free to join in again and am looking for the right spot for me. It’s tough when I’ve always been the one others look to to pull something together. If none of the options I’m exploring pan out, I just may have to jump in and start one.

  3. I, too, have learned to appreciate the value of community since moving. But God is faithful, and provides!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this. I L.O.V.E. my Sunday School Class and the ladies in it. We are a very diverse group, but we share the same love for Jesus. They are very special in my life, for now and for always!
    Blessings today and always,
    Kaye
    Matthew 21:22

  5. This is so lovely. The image of walking up to a door and KNOWING you are welcome? Supported? Beautiful. I wanted to be walking right up those steps with you and I didn’t even know where you were going. A wonderful sentiment through beautiful writing.

    My community and main support is my family. We all live within 10 minutes of each other now which is fantastic. My Dad just had a cancer scare (thankfully it turned out to be a scare, at one point we were told it WAS cancer, somewhere between Stage 2-4) and the way my family was just there – no questions – for each other through everything was amazing. I know I could walk right up to my parents or either of my brother’s house’s at any time for any reason at all and be welcome, supported, loved, without question. Community is beautiful.

  6. In answer to your question–my daughters have taught me about the importance of community. I suffered really bad post-partum depression with my first daughter and hit rock bottom. I didn’t know that first-time motherhood could be so very isolating–and certainly didn’t plan for that to happen. It was a tough lesson to learn. Now with my second baby I am making a whole-hearted attempt at fellowship, and discovering its many blessings. You’re right: we are not meant to walk alone.

  7. Ok, God, I here ya. I have been dragging my feet about going to our every other week women’s group from church. I am struggling with some depression and anxiety and would really prefer to sit at home, hence the feet dragging. I am trying to learn to listen for God and obey, and this is about the 3rd time I have read about this subject today, so I guess I will be attending my first ladies group tomorrow night!
    Thanks for the push! 🙂
    Bernice
    http://bernicewood.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/how-to-get-lucky/

  8. There’s all sorts of unintentional community – I find it at work. at play (riding horses) and in the carpool line but it’s the intentional community that forces me to the next place spiritually. I met with 2 friends every other Wednesday morning for over 5 years. They picked me up – sometimes scooped me off the floor – and walked me to the next spot.

  9. How wonderful for you to have such a great group of women and a time set aside for each other! I long for such a thing in my life and have committed it to prayer in my daily prayer life. What an encouragement it is to me to read that this can and does happen in others lives!

  10. For me community is like breathing… I thrive when in community. I, like you, pull up to a house – hear the chatter – and my heart is warmed.

    I’m an extreme introvert… so to say I love community, for me, says that it is God’s heart that is driving me into it – because it is not a natural thing for me. We so need community to grow, thrive, and survive. Great post!