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A few years ago, God planted a small seed of a dream in my heart – a dream to start a women’s bookclub. But not just your average bookclub, a bookclub specifically for Christian women to connect deeper with God, to love and be loved, to grow, to heal, to flourish, and to be transformed by the presence of Jesus. A club where healthy relationships thrived and left no space for negativity, and gossip. A club where women were so immersed in good books, loving God, and others, that they blossomed into who God had created them to be.
I have been serving as a women’s group leader running this bookclub for the past few years at my church and it has been life changing in so many ways. When I was starting up my own bookclub, I realised there was not a lot of resources available to help Christian women find the right, great life-giving and Christ-centred books let alone to facilitate a great book discussion.
So now I am currently in the process of launching a women’s ministry called ‘Blossoming through Books’. It is the fruit of that tiny seed planted God planted years ago; a new and bigger dream to equip women to step out in faith and lead their very own Bookclub, whether through their local church, workplace, friendship circle or even with other women on their street.
The goal is to encourage and support women who have a heart for ministering to
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Don’t be fearful, as a leader, to open your home up to others – to show hospitality and use this resource as your ministries primary base of operation.
One aspect of running a women’s Bookclub which fills my heart with gladness is the opportunity to intentionally cultivate and maintain at atmosphere of welcome, love, joy and peace within my home.
I’ve learnt over the years that anyone can create a beautiful display home style house… but unless we’ve welcomed the Holy Spirit into our homes with a heart to serve others, we can’t create the heavenly atmosphere we desire. The presence of Jesus cannot be faked.
We must sometimes stop and ask ourselves, are we creating a space to “host”; to show off the beautiful things we have? Or are we creating a welcoming, warm and beautiful “atmosphere” where the presence of Jesus can be experienced?
Knowing we are creating atmospheres and not display homes, frees us from the guilt or desire to perform and have “the perfect home”. Instead we spend time before our meetings praying, preparing a delicious snack or coffee, getting extra chairs out and even some tissues handy (instead of crazily running the mop over the floor!).
Our homes need only be neat enough, clean enough, cosy enough… Enough doesn’t mean perfect, it doesn’t mean you need to hide your laundry or the fact that you live there (why are we surprised when people’s houses look loved in?!). It’s not about “hosting” but fellowship.
Opening our homes need not be a scary thing, and when we intentionally cultivate that welcoming and life-giving atmosphere with the help of the Holy Spirit, we’ll have women sighing as they walk over the threshold – revelling in the peace and feeling at home themselves.
The women we welcome into our homes won’t remember the “things” we surrounded them with, but the atmosphere which surrounded them.
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Oh the joy my heart feels when I’m surrounded by the sisters-in-Christ which I Iead, a good book, coffee and the wonderful presence of Jesus.My sisters have often sweetly commented “what would we do without Bookclub?!”, but truthfully the question to ask is; what would I do without them?! I thank God daily for the incredible women He bought into my life, who truly bless me more than they could ever know. It’s not a burden to lead a women’s group, it’s a privilege and a blessing.If you’ve ever considered leading women or feel God’s gentle tug on your heart strings to form a group and delve into good books and fellowship – don’t be fearful of it becoming a burden. If the Lord is calling you He will equip you. Your sisters will uphold you with utmost affection and prayer as you joyfully and sacrificially lead them.“As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!”2 Corinthians 9:13-15
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“Blessed is she, who has believed, that the Lord would fulfil His promises to her” Luke 1:45
I love this scripture because it re-focuses my heart on the Lord and His blessings, which are so generously poured into my life. Notice how it does not say “successful” is she who has believed, or “famous” is she who has believed… or even “wealthy”, BUT “blessed is she who has believed”.
Stepping out in faith, I’d much rather strive for the Lord’s blessing over any perceived “success” or riches man can offer. Who knows where the Lord will take ‘Blossoming through Books’, but whenever it goes the Lord’s blessing will follow.