Today it's our great delight to introduce one of our SUMites who has stepped into a leadership role in our community by sharing her words of encouragement throughout the comments here on the SUM site an on FB. For a long while we have considered Joanne as part of our ministry. We call her our Community Care Chairwoman because she shares her open heart with love with so many of you. She prays and comments back to so many of you who leave comments.
We so appreciate that Joanne just voluntarily stepped into this role as our writing and speaking schedules get crazy and we simply don't have enough hours to be as active as we want to be. But, isn't it just like our Lord to send people to be part of this community just when we need them.
So today meet Joanne. Leave her a word of encouragement and a word of how she has encouraged you. We love you Joanne and are so glad to share your face with those you love here, the SUMites.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Born. Born again. Waiting actively for eternal life.
I came to the Spiritually Unequal Marriage website through a Christian friend who discovered this community while surfing the internet. She and I both shared and supported each other in our struggles of marriage to an unbeliever. At first I logged in occasionally just to read but as life continued with battles I found myself needing to interact with the conversations.
My interaction of late I believe has been initiated with memories of our sweet "Ro" who went home this year, 2013. As I observed some comments with no replies my heart felt that each person should have a response, just as I recalled Ro taking time to do. There's a feeling of loneliness in a SUM and I do not want anyone to feel they are not "seen" or "heard" in this community.
Growing to understand the "love one another" commandment at such a time as this in my life, I am truly appreciating why this rule is key!
We need to stand beside one another as children of God. When we do this we are encouraged, comforted, strengthened and empowered to keep marching on. We bring God and His power into our presence with prayers in this community that is feeling more like family now, and that confirms to us daily that all things ARE possible WITH God.
As we grow, we learn. As we learn, we share. As we share, we mature.
Visit Joann on her site: Joanne Marsh Portraits
God speaks loudest to you through that which He has given you great joy.