I’d never met in person any of the six women who I invited into my lake house for the weekend, but being with them felt familiar. The internet is a crazy place, and so good when we use it to foster real connections.
We became friends when Kayse recruited us three years ago to be in a Facebook group together to talk about blogging and writing. We agreed to share each other’s posts, but we ended up sharing our lives virtually. We’ve prayed for each other and used emojis that meant we were laughing.
So last weekend they came from five different states. We’ve decided only comfy pants and real life were allowed. We are all writers, but we are all also wives, moms, friends, volunteers, and employees.
Carving out time to gather with like-minded
people is sacred because the world is so loud.
There’s something sacred about carving out time when the world is so loud to gather with like-minded people who can encourage one another in our similar but unique callings.
I spend so much of my life multi-tasking, and I’m a fairly high-capacity person who can have my mind going in different directions for a limited time. But this past weekend was a gift of focusing on this crazy calling to share stories through blogging, books, and social media. We talked and laughed and brainstormed and encouraged one another. Some people napped and some went on a walk. We all ate well.
Our conversations covered all sorts of topics while we were able to take a break from the usual multi-tasking ways and soak into the truth that God calls us to faithfulness, regardless of the kind of work or activity we are doing. I’m grateful for the opportunity to retreat with these friends I had never met in person but who knew me well already. I came away with a full heart, new ideas, and some deeper friendships.
I’m happy Kate Motaung chose FRIEND as this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt. I wanted to post about the weekend, so it was the perfect prompt for that. The rules for Five Minute Friday are simple: Set a timer and write for five minutes. Then link up at Kate’s place and this crew that’s like a flash mob of writers.