What has helped me most: those people who "are engaging in a transformative relationship with God and growing in deep and honest friendships that can express his reality." Yes! I have found them, and they have helped me to grow, loved me in my pain and joy, and been willing to listen to my questions and wonders with love and respect. The IC I attend is very "seeker-friendly" and has been a wonderful place to find those who are truly looking for God. I am currently in a small group with three other women, one of whom is a fairly new Christian with a lot of GREAT questions. Our little group offers her a safe place to bring her doubts. She knows she is loved--and that she is not the only one with questions!
I also enjoy singing worship songs along with other believers and seekers. My 3-year-old grandson loves the worship choruses. He recently told me that, "If God walked into this church, I would run up to Him and give Him a big hug!" I told him that he already hugs God---by singing His praises.
I love being a small group leader to fourth- and fifth-graders when I am there. It is a privilege to be able to love kids and to assure them that we have a loving God who we can know because of Jesus. This time also gives me an opportunity to reach out to parents. When I have the privilege of teaching the kids, I pray it will be a time of blessing to them and that they will get to know Jesus better. Loving them and respecting them is a first step in this process.