Cultivate to escape busyness

Written by AnnaMaria Mattey, who serves on our GroupLife team.

Over the course of a week, I interact with a lot of women. At school drop-off and pick-up, the grocery store, church, and around my neighborhood—there are lots of opportunities for surface-level conversations, but we rarely have enough time to go deeper.

As women, we wear multiple hats that keep us busy. For instance, I’m a wife and a mom, I work full-time, and lately, I feel like I’m a taxi driver for our kids’ activities. In addition to these everyday hats, I’ve also carried the weight of grief when a family member passed away, the heaviness of despair when my marriage was on the rocks, and the uncertainty of raising a teen.

The busyness of life often keeps us from the things we know will cultivate our souls and relationships. Many of the women I interact with say they wish they could grow closer to God, get a deeper understanding of the Bible, and find meaningful friendships. Why don’t we pursue these things?

It all comes down to not having enough time. We can easily distance ourselves from meaningful relationships with God and others if we’re not intentional about prioritizing them. When conversations never dig beneath the surface, we diminish the opportunity to be truly known and loved.

When I pause to consider how I’ve managed to grow closer to God over the years, I see the enormous impact that women’s classes have had on my life. The space created—both during the week and on weekends—provides a place where loneliness dissipates.

The world tells us that our worth is in what we do, but God’s Word says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

Cultivate, a weekly gathering for women, is a place where you can take intentional time to escape the fast-paced pressures of this world and allow yourself to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Starting February 8, we will take a deeper look at what cultivating God’s Love looks like. When we cultivate more of His fruit in our own lives, we have more to give to others.

Each gathering includes a light breakfast and a craft connected to the teaching. We’ll hear a short teaching and then process with other women at our table.

Working full-time? We intentionally hold this class on Saturday mornings, 9–10:45 a.m., so that working women can attend. Have kids? Childcare is available!

Learn more and sign up!

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