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Title: "Tea Friends #3" Copyright 2002 Karen Bates

Wow, I can't believe it has been so long since I have posted something to my blog. Good thing I'm not required to do it by an employer or I'd be fired.

As some of you know, I have begun the wonderful adventure of homeschooling my son this year. It has been filled with many emotions by both myself and my son over the past month but it has been an amazing blessing overall! God is so faithful! I will likely write a whole article on it in the not so distant future.

I just want to say that I am so blessed because God has provided me with the most wonderful group of women friends, many of which also homeschool. Fellowship is an idea that seems to be always evolving in my mind. It is bigger and better than most of us understand and there is a reason that God tells us to stay in regular fellowship with other believers.

I am talking to myself here....

When you are encouraged by a fellow believer, you receive the encouragement from the person who is ministering to you. And then you get a BONUS because you feel blessed by God because you know He arranged the opportunity for someone to be His hands and feet and speak to you! God cares about the details of our lives and I am learning that he often shows that through my friends.

And it works the same way when I am the encourager, I help a friend and feel used by God. It is so nice to feel God and to see bits of His character in others. It is one way that we can see the 'bigger picture' of how we are here to serve our God and by doing so we serve others and are served in return. When we are obedient to do this, we see how we are all threads in a larger tapestry.

Thank You to my many friends and loved ones who pour into me on a regular basis! I am blessed and I pray that God will help me to be a blessing in return.

His servant,


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