com·mu·ni·ty (noun): a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals
For the majority of my life community has been a gift I’ve taken for granted. When I look back, I see the Lord’s provision through different friend groups in each stage of my life, where it was easy to find fellowship. It wasn’t until I entered a major transition period — moving back to the States from overseas– that I realized what a gift the ease of community had been thus far. Not that I was completely on my own, but finding a group of people in the same life stage as myself was a huge challenge that left me feeling dry, discouraged, lonely, and craving relationships.
Have you been in that place before?
Through that season of life, I learned how easy it is for us to take God’s good gifts for granted. I grasped the importance of why God created us to live as a body and not on our own. I started praying desperately for a community again.
Since then, the Lord has been so sweet to me in answering my prayers. (Thank you Jesus!) He is providing me community in a way I never expected and through new and old faces that I’m so glad are part of my life. Through this process, he has shown me the value and need of community, and put a vision on my heart to provide this gift to as many woman as possible.
I adore the passages in Acts that tell about the first body of believers forming. We are told that they were together, that they had all things in common, and were of one heart and soul. (Acts 2:44, 4:32) Although it is a couple thousand years later, I believe God has the same desire for his people today. You and me. His chosen ones.
We aren’t meant to do life alone.
Along with all of this, a passion for honoring God through health has grown like crazy in my heart. Living a healthy lifestyle has improved every area of my life. I feel more confident to branch out and be who God created me to be. I am letting go of a sin issue with gluttony that I’ve struggled with my whole life. I am learning to honor the temple I’ve been given for the Holy Spirit to reside. And I’m learning to have grace for myself in the process, because it is far from perfect.
I started to ask, If we aren’t meant to do life alone, then that includes health… right? Are other women struggling to find community here, too?
As these passions have grown, I’ve loved seeing them collide in full force. I started praying for vision. For a community for women to grow in health together. And with that, the Lord led me to 1 Peter 2:9:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
We are chosen. We are His people. And we are called out of darkness into HIS marvelous light to proclaim His excellencies! Pursuing this calling with a community gives me the chills, friends!
With this, a mission statement was born.
Called Into Light is a community for women to honor God in all areas of health together; spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
The exciting yet nerve-racking thing with a vision and a dream is that God doesn’t lay out every single step for you right away. But with that comes the journey of following the Lord, stepping out of your comfort zone, and living in faith. I’d be honored if you would pray for this community. That we would seek the Lord in all we do and be reminded of our purpose in every effort.
If you are seeking community, fellowship, accountability, or motivation in your health and life, Called Into Light is here for you. Please email me if you are ready to find your place!