I've talked about our small group many times-- mainly because they are a big part of our lives. Recently, we've been walking with Katie, as she grieves the loss of her dad.
A group like this is rare- we get that. And it's a huge blessing- we get that too. But it's also a lot of work-- it takes effort and patience and grace-- and everyone has to be all in and willing to make it a priority. God really blessed us when He crossed our paths with these people-- the group started as soon as Chad and I got married-- it had been in the works for several months, we just needed our knot to be tied to begin.
We've all been together for over 2 years- and there have been ups and downs, but bottom line, we are better and more like Christ because of it. I've heard many small group horror stories-- you may even have one yourself, I know my parents do! But let our story encourage you- God does his best work in the context of relationships, therefore it is EXTREMELY important that we all have them! And good ones at that! It doesn't come naturally-- and you are going to get some of your rough edges knocked off, but to have a group of people who loves loves loves you and that you can count on, regardless of the situation, who will always point you to Christ, is life changing.
Check out the video that played at our church, North Metro, this past Sunday-- it's our group, telling our story:
For some reason, I can't get it to embed correctly right now, so just click here: http://vimeo.com/14586931
<object width="400" height="225"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14586931&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00adef&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14586931&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00adef&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="225"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/14586931">Life in a Group</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/northmetrochurch">North Metro Church</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>4 couples speak openly and honestly about their descision to do life together as a group and the life change that has resulted. A powerful story of how God does some of His best work in the context of relationships.</p>