Friends, for the past few weeks I have been a little MIA in the blogging world. A series of events, including illness, long hours at work, and house hunting have prevented me for keeping up my regular posting schedule. I am hoping to be more realistic and pop in about once a week to share updates about what is going on in my little world.
Today I am reflecting on the importance of community.
About two months ago I was added to a group on Facebook called Stella Maris. It is a community of Catholic wives and mothers who gather in fellowship, love, and prayer under the guidance of Mary, Star of the Sea.
The group has just about 800 members and includes women from all over the United States, and even a few from Canada. The group exists for a wide range of purposes, but mostly to support and uplift each other during the challenging moments that come with being a married woman. Some of the ladies are older and have teenage children, while others are young and have either no children, and expecting, or have a few littles. Some of the mothers work full time outside the home, others work part time, and others are full time stay at home moms.
It is a place where ladies can come and be fully themselves. Every day women post questions about raising their children, in-laws, apologetics, and dinner ideas. Women also post prayer requests, updates throughout their pregnancies (one lady is have quadruplets!), and there are even fun threads of holiday memes. One of my favorite parts is the prayer warriors. Right now we are on day 6 of a novena to Saint Jude for all those in our community who themselves or their husbands are unemployed or underemployed.
The group also has smaller spin off groups. There is a group for those who have chronic illness, one for Catholic Bible Journaling, one for clothing swapping, and even one for financial peace. There is a niche for everyone.
It’s also not exclusively online. Many of the women have ‘Stella meet-ups’ where they will go on play dates, meet for coffee, or go out to dinner with other Stellas. It’s inspiring to see the friendships extend beyond the walls of the computer. I just met a lady today who works in the same town as I do, so we are hopefully going to coordinate a lunch date soon!
In just a few short months, the Stella Maris community has truly helped me faith life. I have asked for prayer requests, prayed for others, and grew in my role as a wife. I’ve learned a great deal from the other woman and I’m thankful for being welcomed into this group with open arms.
What are your favorite online groups? How have they blessed your life?
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