On November 7th, Connecting Point women’s ministry hosted a gathering at the Genesis campus. The title of the gathering was “From Captive to Free: Making the Journey.” Reflecting on the name of this ministry “Connecting Point,” I am aware that we of our common interest in seeking a deeper relationship with God, and with other women seekers. Furthermore, we believe that our point of connection to God is through his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
When I connect to people in this way, especially in a spirit-filled place, it is deeply satisfying. I admit it is a good feeling to eat a delicious meal or read a great book, but sadly this type of good feeling is fleeting. However, for a deep lasting satisfaction it is a meaningful connection that fills me up. I experienced this at Connecting Point. It was satisfying to be with other women responding to the bravery and transparency of women willing to stand up unafraid, honest and vulnerable, and to have the chance to share with a smaller group, and fellowship with each other. I was personally satisfying to feel the Holy Spirit’s presence at a table of young women. It was very gratifying to experience these sincere seekers share their struggles with the “chain of busyness,” and their desire to live a life guided by their relationship to the Holy Spirit and not their “to do” list. Seeing and hearing their open, honest connection to what they heard from the women who spoke and to the questions that were put forth at their table, gave me continued HOPE for the future of the church.
Another satisfying connection for me was with a woman who was present at the last women’s ministry event. She described how important it was for her to attend church to worship through the music, the message, and through being in the company of other believers. In addition, she said that she made the extra effort to attend connecting point events in order to have the opportunity to specifically connect with other women on a deeper level. She felt that the combination of church and being with other woman at connecting point events were important parts of her spiritual walk.
Connecting through relationship is very important; but also connecting to God through the truths of scripture is equally as important. Some truths that I was again reminded of at this event, is that each one of us will find ourselves in bondage to something at one time or another in our life. Whether it is a “chain of bitterness, perfection, shame, envy, etc” we are all subject to fall prey to the enemy’s desire to hold us down or hold us back. However, when we turn to scripture, absorbing, marinating, and eventually believing the truth of the redemption of Jesus, we realize we are free to toss these chains, enabling us to lift our eyes from the ground and see what He created us to be. Women who are deeply loved and valued by Him. Finally, I encourage any woman who desires to connect with other women and to experience a deeper connection to God, to join us at the next women’s ministry event to be held on Friday evening, February 5th. See you there!
-Robyn Van Zandt