Last summer, my friend and I decided to host a Bible study for moms of little ones. It’s often so hard for moms of little ones to get a chance to spend time with other moms. They’re in the trenches of diapers and laundry and dishes and diapers and laundry and dishes. You get the point. So we wanted to help facilitate some bonding with other moms by sharing a weekly Bible study time with us. And, really, the only way to make it feasible is to bring kids. If everyone was in attendance, we had 16 kids age 11 and under running around the back yard and/or crawling around our feet. Since most of us tend toward more natural means of parenting and health care (hippie, crunchy granola style), we called it the Crunchy Mama Bible Study.
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that group Bible study is difficult at best with kids everywhere. But, we would have a time of prayer and then turn on the Beth Moore video and listen as best we could. Between refereeing kids, changing diapers, nursing babies, quieting children, etc, we did manage to get some Bible learning in and deepen friendships.
Now, some of us are back in a school year Bible study, so the weekly Bible study isn’t feasible. But, we still get together just to share each other’s lives. What a blessing that is. There’s nothing like having a group of friends that are there through thick and thin – the trials and the triumphs. Friends to laugh and cry with, to encourage and exhort. After a day like today, I feel so blessed to share life with these women. Today we shared a new pregnancy, a strengthened marriage, adoption in progress, advice about getting married, child rearing techniques and the trials of a baby born with a rare disorder, along with many other topics of conversation. It runs the full spectrum of emotions. And, I am thankful to have these women in my life.