How many times have you had a conversation that went down like this:
Friend: "How are you?"
You: "Fine, and you?
Friend: "I'm good."
If this sounds familiar you aren't alone. Most of us have had this conversation at one time or another. Some of us have it quite often. This sort of exchange is typical and sadly, expected.
The problem is, many times we aren't fine. We are being crushed by depression, anxiety, pain, sadness, illness or fear. We are losing jobs, caring for aging parents, and overwhelmed with financial burdens. We aren't fine. If we were, we wouldn't need Jesus...or each other. It's become all too common for people to suffer alone in silence.
The opportunities to have heady conversations are few and far between. This is why we created Something To Chew On. We offer a place where women can come together and tackle meaty topics and discuss their struggles as well as their triumphs. You can come to a table for a nice meal and be filled with nourishing food and faith-filled encouragement. You can go home rested from not having to pretend to be okay. You can pray for someone and they can pray for you. We can all offer each other support or wisdom and share the gifts God has given us.
Our events are designed to help our guests feel comfortable. All registered guests have a name card waiting for them when they arrive. We provide meals served to you at the table and prepared according to any meal restrictions you may have. From the activities that help to get our thoughts going on the evening's topic, to the moderated table talk, everything is done to help women get to know new people and feel safe having tough conversations. When we have a place to open up and say, "I'm not fine" and then share our hearts, we can go home knowing that we aren't alone in our struggles. This is often times the comfort we need to walk through another day, trusting that Jesus has our lives in control. We are meant to be together authentically and to learn from each other.
Jesus is still telling stories through his disciples. He's performing miracles in our lives. He's restoring physical health and healing hearts. He's drawing people to himself. He is feeding the hungry, giving sight to the blind and bringing the dead to life. He's doing it in all of our lives and we miss out on his amazing stories if we don't share them.
We want women and young women to come together and tell of all the great deeds God has done for them. Let us praise him. Let us join our hands together and support each other lest we fall.
"Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me."