When I read the word "community" as the writing prompt for Five Minute Friday, the first thing that came to mind is the community of believers. But as my mind wandered, and I thought of all of the possibilities that we might find in the word community, my mind drifted to the special people in my life. I am often tempted to think I don't have very many friends because I don't have the traditional girlfriend relationships here locally where I live. There isn't anyone special that I go shopping with or visit the movie theater with. My husband is my best friend and we do everything together.
I do however have some dear friends around the country that would fit the bill for girlfriends I could hang out with, but they don't live here. Time and circumstances have separated us by many miles in some cases. Some, I haven't even met in person because they have become sweet friends through blogging. All of these thoughts caused me to wonder, "Does community have to be a group of people who are logistically close to you?" If that is true, then my Sunday school class would fill that role in my life. But I don't think logistics has anything to do with it. I think of the women in my life who I know I can count on. These are women I could call on to pray, and I know they would. They are women that I could seek advice from and trust the answer. They are women that I just like hanging out with in person or in a few cases, just online. Some, I am even related to. Who says you can't be friends with family? I do have a support group of women that I know I can count on. It may not be a group of traditional relationships, but it is a rich group of godly women. They are sprinkled around the country, but they are all gathered together in my heart.
After writing this post I wanted to make a visual of what this community in my heart looks like. When I look at this picture it brings me a lot of comfort. Somehow, it makes me feel like they aren't so far away after all. It also causes me to realize there is a vast portion on this country where I do not have much connection. If you are from any of the empty states on my map, please let me know!
I'm sharing with Five Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and instructed to set our timers and write for five minutes flat without worrying about making it perfect. This week's prompt is the word COMMUNITY.
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