One of the scariest things about moving to a new place is wondering how long it will take to meet new people. We left a strong community of people in North Carolina and knew we would want to quickly find a similar community in Phoenix as soon as we got here. Building community takes time but no matter what season you’re in in life, having community and fellowship in your life is extremely important. Fellowship is unlike any other type of community and support because it specifically adds value to your faith and walk with the Lord.
Fellowship can look like a lot of different things. It can be a Bible study or church group, or it can just be meeting for coffee to hang out with a friend. Fellowship isn’t necessarily defined by the things you do with the people you’re around, but rather it’s about the type of people you’re around. Fellowship simply means friendly association with those who share common interests. But through the lens of the Christian faith, fellowship is association people with the most important common interest: shared faith.
The people you are in communion and fellowship with should be people who build you up, encourage you, laugh with you and cry with you. They are people who understand your sufferings and joys to the point of feeling them themselves. Those people are who you can have true fellowship with.
Through blogging, I’ve found a kind of fellowship I never thought existed. I have found friends who understand my hobbies, dreams and goals but who also share my faith in the Lord. When I started blogging seriously, I was craving relationships with more like minded women, after being thrown into the post graduation season where friendships are hard to maintain. It was the perfect season for me to find genuine friendship through bloggers who were so similar to me even if they lived far away. I’ve been so blessed by these friendships and have been amazed at how the Lord continually uses the internet to bring people into my life who I never would have known otherwise.
Fellowship can look a hundred different ways, but regardless of how it looks, it’s important to have.
How have you pursued fellowship in your current season?
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