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Loneliness. Despair. Shipwrecked.

These are the feelings that I felt when I first moved to Ann Arbor almost two years ago. I was working night-shift. I was tired all the time and did not have any friends or support group. I remember many dark days when I would just cry and would feel the bitterness of loneliness was my only friend. I felt shipwrecked in the cold winter of Michigan. Yet it was in that moment that Jesus reached out his hand and saved me from almost drowning. He re-organized my work schedule and I was able to jump into connecting with people from Antioch.

As I started to connect with others through connect group I realized that I was not the only one who was struggling to feel connected. I also realized that I had believed the lie that since I was a single women I was not part of a family. This is so not true as I was part of a bigger spiritual family. The desire of the Father’s heart is to place the lonely in families. This means that even thought I do not have kids I can still invite people into my really cool family - our church family and spiritual family.

So why are Connect Groups important? Well, because we get to come together just as we are weekly as a spiritual family -  (sometimes for me that means with scrubs on after work). We get to laugh together, cry together and experience the Love of our heavenly father. We can experience a little more of the fullness of who God is because we encourage each other in our walk with Christ.  In other words instead of loneliness, despair and feeling shipwrecked God showed me that I belong, that there is hope and that I am well grounded with other fellow brothers and sisters from connect group.

Maribeth has recently discovered a love for writing and communicating what the Lord has put on her heart through the written word. Maribeth currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is part of Antioch Community Church. You might find her drinking chai at a local coffee shop with a good book in hand, working at the local hospital as a nurse, or enjoying her new friends. But one thing is certain, she will probably have on some form of pink attire