After being encouraged by two of these friends to share it with you all…
I am finally posting a copy of my letter in hopes that it will move many of you to action as well. I am hoping that this email can prompt me, us, into deeper respect for one another as sisters in Christ.
I really want to put a hedge of protection around our friendships.
I feel very strongly that the evil one is having a hay day with many churches right now and ours is not being spared from it. Watching things unfold over the last 6 months has been a hard road. I can graciously praise God for all of you though. You have remained constant friends through it all; and I feel confident that you will remain constant. I want to address this with you women because you have each meant so much to me over the years. You are all so different and I love you for your differences. Like I said at dinner last week… “You all have impacted me in ways that have helped mold me to who I am today.”
I want to continue growing together with you ladies by my side. I want to ask you guys, if you aren’t already, to join me in fervent prayer not only for our church (because I am confident we are all already doing that), but for our friendships. I do not want to see tear the church apart, but the church is made up of its people. We are the church! I believe we are stronger together than apart. Let’s choose to not let satan have his way with our friendship! Lets pray that God would allow us grace with one another to continue having beautiful, God glorifying fellowship regardless of which church we go to or our circumstances!
With the turmoil of the church it would be easy to want to give up on it all. And just have church in our living room. For a season that may be appropriate; however, we know that God calls us all to be an active part of the body of Christ… serving, working together and sometimes recieving the blessing from others int he body. It is a protrayl of how the body works together on earth. With out the parts all working together we do not represent Christ fully. How can a fish swim with one fin or a bird fly with one wing? It is the same for the church. We all need to do our part. The thing God has called us to. Using the giftings He has given us! If we would all look at the work we have been commissioned to do here on earth. The true reason for our exisitence… And then act on that reality… then we might get somewhere. When people stop judging and start loving. We need to focus on Christ, knowing HIm deeply, and then be MOVED to act in service to Him and for Him. If staying in a church body ever means to sacrifice those things the Lord has impressed upon our hearts to hold most dear, then we will go where the Lord leads…. IF He Leads Us in that direction. But if not then we are called to bloom where we are planted. To serve where we are.
We currently are committed to praying for the church, the elders, the marriages, the friendships, the children (b/c they need it), the pastors and their families, and specifically against satan evil schemes. I believe we as women need to rise up as prayer warriors… and I am appealing to you to be on guard against any judging thoughts that might tempt you to judging me or any other friends that you hold dear. Recognize it as a spirit of pride (church pride) which is sinful and unhealthy. We are all sinners… thank the Lord He died for us to save us from it. A spirit of Judging will ruin friendships and I believe that is exactly what satan wants. I for one am not about to let him.