Embrace Community

Apr 03, 2024

The Bible offers insights into the importance of soul care. One of my favorite verses highlighting the significance of soul care is Matthew 11:28-30, where Jesus extends a gentle invitation, saying,

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

We all experience times that are not easy. Our struggles may be our own, with family members, and our kids can struggle, too. Our mental wellness is so important. And we must take care of ourselves before we can care for anyone else.

Have you ever noticed how a simple text or conversation with a friend can lift your spirits? Or how sharing a meal feels like sharing a piece of your heart? That's the beauty of community and why it is so important to our daily soul care.

We're wired for connection. It's not just about having people around; it's about feeling seen, heard, and valued. It's about knowing that you're not alone. Leaning into community can be challenging.

Opening up can be scary, right? Embracing community is discovering that our struggles, joys, messes, and milestones are shared. They bind us together, creating a sense of empathy, support, and love.

Here is a list of a few things you can try this week to embrace community.

  1. Start a "Let's Do This Together" Group
    Form a small group of parents or grandparents. Meet once a week to talk about everyday life, share tips, or even vent a little.

  2. 'Here for You' Text Chain
    Create a group text with friends called "Just checking in" or "Need a quick prayer". It's like passing notes in class, but way more helpful and much less sneaky.

  3. Family-Friendly Hangouts
    Take turns having your friends over, kids included. The kids can play, the adults can visit, and everybody goes home happier.

  4. Help Others Along the Way
    Volunteering can be a family affair. Make the world a little better while you serve alongside another family or two. Plus, it's a great lesson in kindness for the kids.

  5. Book Club
    Pick some light, uplifting reads, and chat about them. It's not just about the book; it's about having that time to unwind and talk about life, too. Remember, it's about connection, so keep it simple.