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C. S. Lewis was part of a writers’ group that met regularly to critique each other’s work. They called themselves the Inklings. This little band of English creatives created a space where they could spur one another in their gifting.

Their group is a beautiful example of how an individual can benefit by being around others who share a similar passion and purpose.

For a long time I dreamed of doing something like that with women.

So I created this space here…Deeper Waters…a place where women can gather, to grow closer to God and each other.

We see this throughout the Bible, not stories of similar people, but stories of different people who came together for a common purpose.

The whole Jerusalem project — rebuilding the city and the temple — required multiple leaders who spanned decades. Ezra led a caravan home, and his main focus was to teach the Word of God and restore the temple rituals and sacrifices. Nehemiah led a caravan home, and his chief concern was rebuilding the walls around the city.

The reconstruction of Jerusalem didn’t happen because of one person or one leader. It took many. Each person was called by God to accomplish a different task, and they were obedient to the call God had placed on their lives.

We can follow their example today.

We can work together to create spaces of welcome where women from different backgrounds can gather to study God’s Word. We need safe places where we can grow closer to God and to each other — in our homes and in our churches. Many Bible studies are already taking place in virtually every town and city across North America, but it’s up to us to determine what kind of gathering a newcomer will find.

Will they find women who encourage one another and build each other up?

Let’s be women who gather…to study God’s Word, to encourage one another, and to build each other up. Maybe a woman sitting next to you at Bible study is going through something similar you once went through. Perhaps God has placed you there so you can encourage that sister in Christ.

We don’t need an official title or position to be women who reach out and minister to other women.

When Jesus met the woman at the well, a woman with a painful past and a not-so-glamorous present, He offered her living water. A fresh start. A second chance. And she was never the same. She ran to share the grace and truth of Jesus Christ with everyone she knew. Then more lives were changed.

The Samaritan woman didn’t have to go to seminary or join a church staff or start a blog to become a voice of hope in her community.

She simply shared Jesus with others.

We can do this today.

When women walk through the doors of our homes and churches, we want every heart to know they’re welcome — that nothing in their past can bar them from God’s love. God’s forgiveness is complete. The reason we’re here is because of the grace we’ve been given through the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.

To celebrate the release of Deeper Waters, I’m giving away 5 sets of 2 copies each —
so that’s one for you and one for a friend!

To enter your name for the giveaway,
simply visit the Deeper Waters Facebook page and leave a comment,

tagging the friend you nominate to win, and then share this post!

The winners and their friends will be randomly selected 9/2/17 at noon PST.
Winners must live in the continental US.

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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