26 November 2013

Consider it: An online Bible study

Isolation.

Women in cross-cultural environments can feel the sting of being alone. Whether they are in a foreign country or experiencing miscommunication in a muti-cultural family or returning to their homes after being abroad for a time--the adjustment can be lonely.

The chaos of unfamiliarity can breed loneliness.

We need each other.

The Bible clearly states that we are not to take this faith walk alone. Primarily, we must team up with our husbands. Also, we must support, encourage, and challenge--and be supported, encouraged, and challenged by--other women. But what if there are no like-minded women nearby? What if your new situation has you surrounded by new or wavering church-goers, or what if your closest friends are 36 hours of plane travel away?

Because it takes time to build close relationships, you may consider doing an online Bible study--at least until you are comfortable in your situation.

Here is one resource I personally have found helpful: Love God Greatly. All their materials are free, and they encourage interaction and accountability through online groups (email, Facebook, or blogs). I'm sure there are other means to connect spiritually over far distances, but this is just what has worked for me.




While I do not advocate "living in the past," I believe there is great value in unfiltered accountability. If you're not connecting with anyone in your present situation, keep reaching out, keep speaking truth, and keep being vulnerable. However, if you're pouring out and not being filled, consider also connecting with those friends who know your heart and can sharpen you (Proverbs 27:17) and "stimulate [you] to love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24).



Note: I am usually facilitating a group for these LGG studies, and you're welcome to contact me if you'd like to join us. You can view their yearly calendar dates to see when each new study begins. 

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