Thursday, June 18, 2015

Struggle and Support

Names have been changed...

Advice Giver: You should join a support group.

Mary Bot: A Brain Cancer support group?

Advice Giver: Yes

Mary Bot: That seems like the lamest place I could possibly go. I don't want to be surrounded by a bunch of people with busted heads.

Advice Giver: They are going through the same thing you are...

Mary Bot: I have a busted head. No, my head is more busted. My head is the most busted. We wouldn't even be able to use our Brain Cancer card.

The more I thought about it the more I realized that we do need a support group. We need a group of people who know struggle. We need to be surrounded by people going through what we are going through. We need to be able to talk, communicate, and explode our emotions on people like us. The more I thought about it the more I realized that we already have a a support group.

We joined a support group 3 years ago. We are surrounded by people who know struggle. These people know what it is like to hurt: job loss, miscarriage, loss of a child, loss of a spouse, childbirth, stretchmarks, baby weight, debt, depression, illness, cancer, loss of a parent, abuse, loss of a house, terrible twos, terrible threes, terrible tweens, sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. We know struggle. The common denominator between all of us is Jesus.

If you are local to North Dallas I'd like to invite you to join us. We know struggle and we love Jesus. Stonebriar Community Church and The Journey Fellowship.  

Advice for joining a support group and making friends:
1. Keep going. I showed up to everything. They had to like me because I wasn't going away.
2. Ask questions. You can talk to anyone for any amount of time as long as you ask questions. I've been known to ask some random questions. Including the time that I asked a girl if she made her own sweater? Oh, it's free people. I just thought you were crafty. Which opened our conversation up to 2 things- Being crafty and shopping. Boom.
3. There is a group for everyone. We tried out several before we stuck with the Journey.
4. That's all I know.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. 
-Proverbs 27:17

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

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