My family has been a member of the Crossroads community since May of 2013. Prior to that, we left a church that we were at for our entire marriage, and 17 years of my life. Leaving was our choice, but extremely difficult. My Crossroads growth group (with Karen Clark) has been a high point of this difficult transition. When I learned that we were expecting our 5th child, it was a happy surprise, but I felt sure that no one would be there for our family. Many friends from our old church didn't support our decision to leave, and therefore have chosen to end our friendship. Also, my family lives out of town, and my husband's father was diagnosed with lymphoma in December, so they were understandably unavailable. I felt overwhelmed just thinking about adding a 5th child, and likely having no support outside of my husband... and certainly no one celebrating with us!
I cried out to God about my feelings and fears. Many times I remember feeling sorry for myself. But guess what? God showed up... perfectly and abundantly! He promises to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ever ask or think! I was emailed by a member of my growth group and asked if the group could bless our family by bringing meals after our baby arrived. It was a long drive for some, but we had meals delivered (complete with fruit, salad, and dessert) several times a week for an entire month after Blake was born! Some of those meals were, surprisingly, from my husband's coworkers, and a few new church friends as well. A couple weeks after Blake was born, the women of my wonderful growth group also blessed me with a celebratory time of snacks, a special cake, and gifts. I felt so loved and cared for! I am thankful beyond words for how God connected me to these precious women at just the time in my life when I needed connection the most!