Ladies Fellowship Night – Recap

Ladies Fellowship Night  is one of those events that I have to make a determined act of the will to attend. That sounds bad, I know. Allow me to explain. As an introvert by nature, I enjoy spending time with people in small groups. While I know Women’s Night will be fun and good for my soul, I don’t jump at the idea of small-talk with people I may or may not know too well. That said, this night was no different. My week was hectic. Come Friday night, my PJs, hot tea, and a good book were calling my name. (Yes, this is what my Friday night after a busy week looks like. Pathetic, I know.)

Since this was an RSVP event, I knew I had to be there. And I’m so glad I was. As always, it was a sweet time with ladies I haven’t talked to in a while. Life is busy, and often when women catch up after the gathering of CLC, short conversations ensue while keeping an eye on kids just picked up from their classes. So these nights are a blessing. The small-talk I fear never actually happens. The conversations are always deep and rich, and encouraging to my soul. We laugh and sympathize with, and encourage and counsel one another. I have never left a Ladies Fellowship Night without being challenged to love Jesus more and continue on in the faith, because of the examples of the ladies at CLC.

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God makes our lives look so very different. And what a great blessing this is, because we all have different roles to fill within the body for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).

It was great to see new faces at Ladies Fellowship Night, and to witness those ladies enjoying one another’s company. We had a pretty large group, and as a result occupied a big table at Pane Rustica. Looking down to the other end of the table to find ladies laughing and sharing, smiling and nodding in agreement or understanding, I thought how this was the practical, down and dirty equipping of the saints. We teach one another through lives lived in faithful obedience to Christ. The struggles one has walked through in the past in faith, and seeing God work through it that time, can allow opportunities to encourage another walking through similar circumstances.

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I left Pane Rustica more encouraged than when I arrived. My heart was lifted, and I received great counsel from godly women whose lives look a lot like Jesus’. Who knew so much could happen at a restaurant on a Friday night with a bunch of women? Dear reader, if you are like I was, thinking staying home is a better option, it isn’t! Join us next time. Husbands, allow your wives the opportunity to join. I know I’ll be there.

Jennifer Burnette

Posted on: March 5, 2014 - 8:00AM

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