Day 8-When we gather.

Here is the next installment of my Five Minute Free Writes Challenge

I am very much an introvert that longs to gather with others. This makes for some really hard quandaries. On the one hand, I want to gather with others, mostly my tribe of women that “get” me, yet on the other hand the thought of socializing can be paralyzing at times. So this is the life of this introvert that would really prefer to stay at home with my husband, our chickens, and rescue pup. Oh, I like other people but am much more of a loner.

I sit and wonder why is it so hard for me to gather with others?

Does everyone struggle like I do?

What do they do when they feel this way?

I don’t know how others deal with being an introvert but I do know how I do. I lean into scripture, put on my big girl panties and go and gather. When I do I always have a good time and am glad I went.

I think it is why I love stopping by on facebook. I can stop in, interact with others and then click it off when I have had enough. I have built some powerful friendships with women I have met through ministries online, at first, and then later in face to face life. They are my tribe. They get me. We gather online. Sometimes we get to gather face to face. When I need to vent, they are there. When I need prayer, they are there. When I need to be gently put back on track, they set me straight. When I have joys to share, they are there and I am there for them. I love being able to gather with friends from all over the county and the world.

Ecclesiates 4:10-12 says:

For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

We need to gather…as we gather, we are made stronger.

I am getting much better at gathering face to face. I have even gone to events where I didn’t know a single person and was not frozen with fear I wouldn’t fit in. Stepping out of my comfort zone has grown me. All in a good way.

Once again, I am grateful that nothing stays the same.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How do you deal with the challenges?

If you would like to read more blogs in this series click here 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge They are written by my Five Minute Friday friends!

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