This morning I want to share a friendship story with you. A tale that led to the forming of
The Maw Maw Club.
Around 10 years ago I began the process of returning to the Lord.
I say process because there were so many things in my thought process that still needed to be changed by the Lord. I had walked in outright rebellion for seven years. Those were the years I spent in the restaurant business. I was set on making a name for myself and proving to others that there was nothing I couldn't do if I put my mind to it.
During this time I rose very fast in the business and received many awards.
Even so.... there was a huge void in my heart. A void that money nor awards could fill.
There is much that I could say here about my return to the Lord...but that is another story.
Once back in church...and back with my Lord....my relationship with Him took off in a major way.
All those things that I had known since I was a child began to find their places in the relationship that was forming.
I had been very secure in the Culinary world.....but this world brought up many insecurities about myself that I had not yet dealt with.
I entered a women's group with women that were in no way like me on the outside.
Their husbands were very involved in their careers and appearance was everything to them.
It was not that some of them did not have good hearts- but I just did not fit in.
The pressure was a little much. I think this is something as women that we need to remember.
Peer pressure does not end in the adolescent years.
I did want to fit in.....or maybe I just didn't want to stand out.
I tried buying the clothes they wore....but honestly, this was just not important to me.
It is still not.
Then there was a new woman in our group.
She was a little scatter brained and she had a lot on her plate. You could tell she had a real love for God.......because she could not keep quiet. And although I felt the same way......I TRIED to be a little more conservative because that was the way the rest of the women were.
Our group planned a trip to a Woman of Faith conference in Houston.
I really thought that this would be a place for me to get to know some of these women and maybe become one of them. Oh how God had other plans.
So.....my goal was to try and make sure I got in the room with the queen bee and her friends.
But somehow I knew this would not happen.......I would probably get stuck in the Maw Maw room. The Maw Maw room being the room with those who were not in the inner circle.
I will tell you now that who I was.....well, she was so insecure.
On the way there I sat in the front with the scatter brained woman
as she drove her "big red" van.
We talked a lot and I began to feel really comfortable around her.
And int the end.......we would room together.
We became the first two members of the Maw Maw club.
That trip was the beginning of something that would teach me to accept myself.
The woman's name was Tracy....and over the next few years we would push one another in a way that was pretty remarkable. A deep bond woven by the Holy Spirit made us inseparable.
She allowed me to express the real me. And she could be herself.
We delved into the deep things of our Father. And sometimes she said I made her brain hurt. :) I love to delve into the deep and sometimes she would admit that her brain needed a break.
Yes, I do have a strange mind. :)
Over the years we would sometimes go places and read things that in our church affiliation seemed a little out there.
We had a rule......if we ever went to something that made either of us feel uneasy in the Spirit we would leave. We saw some incredible things.....and let God out of the box.
It was a relationship that I never thought I would have. I became more secure in who God created me to be and learned not to apologize for it so often. She was a gift from God.
We both grew in leaps and bounds.
Along the way the women in our women's group decided that I was getting just too serious about this God thing. Rumors began to swirl and they began to push me out. They did not like how the things I taught touched things in their lives that they did not want to have touched or brought to light. I never knew that people who claimed to be part of the body of Christ could actually turn on one of their own.......guess I should have remembered the Joseph story.
The end was very ugly.
Tracy never left my side.....nor did my husband.
My parents reminded me that God is the one who fights our battles.
But before the battle had even begun....He had provided someone who would walk through it with me. She knew me inside and out. And it was not a one way relationship.
I don't know how I would have made it through this time without my sister Maw Maw.
(I would like to say here that of the four couples that were involved in this....three returned a year or so later to apologize and admit that what had happened was not right.)
Our relationship has still continued. We have had rough times where one walked away for a period from the Lord. But because of the bond that was created......the other fasted and prayed and that one came back. It has been a relationship of give and take.
We have been together through children problems, spiritual problems, deaths, and moves.
And still the bond was not broken. It was not broken because there was a bond that was formed in the trenches. A bond that was formed by the blood of Jesus.
A bond of the heart.
I love this girl.
Now over the years there have been more members join the Maw Maw Club.
It will never be an exclusive club.
It is a club for those who love the Lord and want to learn to love the women of the body of Christ. Learn to love the true woman and not just what she appears to be on the outside.
A place where a woman can come and remove the expectations the world has filled her head with. A place where the little girl inside can come out and know she will not be rejected.
A place where she is loved for who God made her.
Now aside from all the lovey dovey stuff.....there is truth.
Truth about who you are and what you are doing. If this does not match up with what God has in mind......then in Love......we speak the truth even when we know it will hurt.
I have done this and Tracy has too.
So that is the story of the Maw Maw Club.
Everyone is welcome.
It is all about being real.
Proud to be a member of a group that allows you
to become the one
He created you to be!
For MelanieJoy ;)