Tuesday ties that bind

I wish you could peek into my house every Tuesday. Not for the laughter, although it’s infectious. Not for the hugs, even though they’re intense—tight, lingering, heartfelt. Not even for the food, which is frankly an afterthought. It’s worth a peek, though, I promise. If you could be a fly on the wall, Tuesday would blow your socks off.

Around 7:00 p.m., they come. You should see them arriving in clumps (girls travel together, you know). College gals—busy, stressed, hungry in more ways than one—with Bibles in hand and ready for business. God’s business.

So what’s the appeal? That’s where the sock blow-off comes in. We’re talking young women 18-23. They could be anywhere, doing anything. But they’re here, by choice, with notebooks and pens and brains with light bulbs. These girls crave Truth like candy. They want to taste it, ingest it. They’re addicted, frankly, to the awe of their Lord and the sweet intimacy He offers. And they don’t hoard all the Spiritual goodness for themselves. They share it.

These young women are growing together. They discuss scripture, analyze it, question how Truth fits into real life. (Pretty cool to watch.) Want to eavesdrop? Here’s a conversation that happened last Tuesday. We were discussing peace and God’s promise to provide it for His children:

Jill: God says He’ll give us peace. I believe Him, but I don’t always see it right away.

Bree: I don’t, either. Maybe our definition of peace is different from His. For me, peace means the conflict has disappeared.

Shay: Or running away from the conflict. The problem’s still there, but I’m not!

Me: (I can’t help interjecting.) You’re onto something! We sometimes confuse God’s peace with perfect circumstances. When we pray for peace, we’re asking for the “thing” to disappear, right? That’s okay; Tell God your heart. But know what Biblical peace is, contentment despite the storm. Immediate, supernatural calm in the middle of a whirlwind.

Jill: Like John 16:33. Jesus says we’ll always have trouble in this world. But He also says He is our peace.

And, scene. Don’t you love how they strengthen and challenge each other? These ladies are bonded through faith, building layers of depth to their walks—one Tuesday at a time. Reminds me of a passage in Ecclesiastes:

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
   But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

So why do I offer a peek into Tuesdays? Why the fuss about just another Bible study? A couple of reasons come to mind:

1)    It takes a small village (Or living room. Or coffee shop). Young women need a small group of believers who meet to question, discover, pray, bond. All it takes is a place (nothing fancy) and something to study/discuss (nothing fancy). Sometimes it’s simply an open Bible. Are you a girl who’d like to know God better? Then grab a friend or two and make it happen. You + friends + Biblical Truth = a whole new level of intimacy.

2)    This generation aches for Truth. Girls don’t see God much in today’s world, but they sense His presence. They sense their purpose.  Adults, are you prompted, even a little, to point them toward hope? Oh, how they need us! Oh, how they want us! I pray that my “grown-up” faith is available, transparent, and palpable. And I pray for more women, imperfect but willing, who’ll open their hearts and homes to a weekly blessing.

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