A few months ago, I posted a blog titled “When You Can’t See the Palm Trees”. At the time, I was in a space filled with loneliness, doubt and regret. If I’m honest with myself, I was having some real faith issues. I felt disconnected from God, family and friends.
Though I was at a low point in my life, I never lost sight of the purpose that God birthed in me. I was called to motivate and encourage people to live to their greatest potential. I knew that I needed to form purposeful connections in my new location in order to reignite my calling. As a result, I identified key connection areas (see list below) and became intentional about making connections.
- Find a Church Home – Being connected with a church body is a critical aspect of growing as a Christian. As a result, my husband and I aggressively visited churches. After several visits, we found a church that we felt compelled to attend. We are now regular attendees.
- Join a Life Group – After being former Life Group members, my husband and I recognized the value of being in an intimate Christian community. After making several calls to find a Life Group, we were placed in small group. We have been blessed by the love and support of our leaders and fellow members.
- Seek Personal Connections – Nurturing relationships are vitally important for establishing friendships. As I met various women, I looked for beliefs, experiences, and goals upon which to connect. As a result, I see budding friendships forming.
- Seek Professional Connections – Professional connections play a critical role in identifying opportunities for professional growth and development. I sought out professional conferences and networking events which exposed me to various learning and career enhancement opportunities.
- Identify Volunteer Opportunities – The best way to get yourself out of a pity party is to volunteer with an organization that focuses on meeting the needs of others. I became involved with a great organization called 4 Kids. Their vision is a home for every child.
I’m in a much better place today. I feel connected. I feel inspired. And, I’m starting to see doors open. If you are in a season of emptiness, consider the aforementioned connection areas. Be honest in determining if you have been intentional about connecting.
“Purposeful connections bridge the gap between emptiness and fullness”. ~ Jewel Reid