Facebook can be a huge waste of time, but it’s also a place we can encourage each other through community. Community happens most effectively through small groups, which help us navigate through difficulty—any life changes, such as children advancing to the next grade in school, the loss of a parent or spouse, getting re-married, moving into a new home, selling a home, and blending children from two families and even blending our household pets.
Good change brings stress into our lives because it’s starting all over again. It can happen when you change churches, move from one town to another, or change jobs. It takes a while to get the hang of the new city or house, driving time to work, and really important things such as the location of favorite coffee shops. It’s helped me to have many praying for me as we’ve been settling in to our new area. Community happens within the family unit. Psalm 68:6 reminds us, “God sets the lonely in families.” For me, it’s been essential to pray about everything with my new husband, Jim. We’ve prayed through our changes as a couple and also submitted the needs of our children to the Lord. Proverbs 3:5–6 reminds us, “Trust the Lord completely . . . in everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
We don’t know what changes lie ahead of us this year, so as we begin the year together, let’s hold each other accountable and pray for each other. To commit her New Year, Lisa Terkeurst prayed, “As I make goals for this year . . . Jesus, let your thoughts become my thoughts and bend my will to your will.”