{ Coffee with Rachel } Inspiring Through Small Groups

 

Our model Rachel is part of a small group called Chase. Here she discusses her inspiration for starting up a small Christian group within her community. 

Hey ladies! I hope you are all enjoying this b-e-a-utiful autumn weather we’re having! I know I am for sure.  Looking out the window and seeing all the beautiful changing colors just makes me want to cuddle up in a blankie with a mug of hot apple cider.  But lately it’s not only the colors of this season changing for me, but I’ve also been welcoming a new change in my life as well, and it’s even more heart-warming than the way this season makes me feel.  

During the middle of this past summer I started to feel God place a calling on my heart to make this upcoming school year different.  I knew I wanted to step out more and be active in my faith.  I told myself I was going to make more time for God in my life.  I wanted to make Him my all day, every day. Last year I found myself in situations that weren’t a good reflection of who I am and doing things I knew He wasn’t smiling down on.  Everything I chased after or fell into always left me feeling empty.  I knew in my heart that God had a greater purpose for me than that, just like He does for all of us. God gave us all this desire in our hearts to fill an emptiness we are all born with inside.  The only thing that can ever fill that void is the One who gave it to us; Jesus Christ. I’ve chased a lot of things in my past, but I soon realized that all of those things were pulling me away from the One I need the most.

After many nights of talking to God I felt a calling on my heart to start a small group when I got to college.  I researched several different study series and landed on “Chase” by Jennie Allen.  After watching the intro video I immediately knew this was the one. I was still nervous though and unsure of the response it would get, if any at all.  I asked one of my roommates, who I knew had the same fire in her heart for God, to help me lead it and she agreed to it right away.  That was a huge sign for me because I still had some hesitation so to feel that relief made me a lot more confident about everything. When she was so quick to say yes, I knew that this was meant to be. I think we both knew in our hearts that we needed this personally, and that our campus needed this.

 

We’ve gotten together twice now.  The first time we had just 6 girls and I was totally thrilled.  I had no idea what to expect, but I was so grateful that God had brought this many girls who were all desiring God.  Little did I know that God in fact had a much greater plan in store than I expected.  The next time we had 11 girls and 3 more are planning to attend our 3rd one.  It was never about the numbers for me though.  I would have been thankful if just 3 other girls showed up, but God put a desire in these girls’ hearts and I could not be more overjoyed! It really proved to me that even when we’re unsure of what God is directing us towards, if we just trust Him, He always delivers.

Each week we open with our “ups and downs” of the week and then talk about some of the things we covered previously.  Then we just dive in.  We watch a short video that introduces the topic of the night and then discuss it afterwards.  Our previous session was about finding our identity in Christ vs. our worldly identity.  It was amazing to watch some of the girls really open up about the things they think define them or the things they try to associate themselves with in an attempt to find themselves, and then to go to God and realize that all of that is just a waste.  Our true identity is only found in Christ.  We can only find who we are really are by completely surrendering our lives to Him and by trusting Him when he says how wild He is about us.  We are His daughters and He sees so much in us that we can’t and probably never will be able to comprehend. I believe every girl needs to hear that.  Not just once, but every day. God is completely crazy about all of us and growing up in this society makes it hard to understand that sometimes. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know them full well.” Psalm 139:14.

Just being surrounded by girls who go through the same struggles and are willing to be real and raw about them is refreshing. I’ve had some of the best heart talks with these girls even in just the short time I’ve known them, and just watching them open up confirms to me how right this is.  We’ve had tears, laughter, heart talks, everything in just a couple weeks.  God has truly shown Himself to me through this small group.  I feel an overwhelming peace knowing that there are girls out there who desire the same things I do and are willing to step out and seek Him.

 

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October 02, 2015 by Brooke Lowin
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