Editor's Note: I Found Community in Church

Exodus 17 10-13 

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Since the beginning of my walk with God and getting baptized in 2013 I struggled with my identity. In my walk of trying to be a Godlier woman, I thought that I had to look and act a specific way (modest, quiet, submissive) like some of the women in the bible. With these thoughts, I hid my goofiness, silliness, and sometimes loud voice. I hid some of these things for so long that I felt like I didn't know who I was.

But (plot twist), all of that has been changing. Thanks to working on my mental health (seeing a therapist over the past year, meditation, yoga) and God helping me to establish a community in the church. The church that I attend "All Nations Worship Assembly Charlotte" has created a safe space for me to be free and vulnerable. They encourage me, pray for me, and love on me with the genuine love of Christ. I can feel it. Since joining I have grown spiritually, mentally and emotionally. We pray together, fast together, and serve together. This is all the types of things that Jesus did with His disciples when He was on earth. This is the type of community He wants us to have.

In Exodus 17: 10-13 the Amalekites have attacked the Israelites. In verse 9 Moses tells Joshua to choose some of the men to go out and fight and He will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in his hands. The staff is miraculous.  It is the same staff that Moses used to part the Red Sea and lead the Israelites out of captivity from Egypt. When Moses held his hands up with the staff, the Israelites won, but when he lowered his hands, they lost. His brother, Aaron and Hur end up holding his hands up for the rest of the fight so the Israelites can win the battle.

When thinking about my church community the other day this scripture came to mind. There have been times when I have felt weak and they have prayed for me and lifted me up. I pray that God will help you to find a community that does the same for you. He loves you and does not want you to fight your battles alone. 

Be Encouraged,