A Great Sounding Board

Just after I had my son someone recommended I join a social media group of mums. This group was created to help mums in a local area of Melbourne.

Once you are part of the group you can ask anything. Questions range from weaning, sleeping and feeding.
Anyone in the forum can share their thoughts and opinions to the questions. There have been times when I’ve followed along with a line of questioning because it’s been relevant to me and I haven’t thought of asking the group.

I’ve found all responses have been respectful of different parenting styles and encouraging to mothers who are going through a difficult stage with their child. Sometimes it’s nice to get someone else’s opinion and this group, although filled with people I’ve never met before, can be a great sounding board.

So often we can feel alone in this world. But we were created to function in community. I feel fortunate to have a great community of church friends I can connect with. But many people don’t.

When I see how much people reach out in these social media groups it makes me so thankful I have always been a part of a faith community. But it’s also a reminder to continue to connect with others so they don’t feel alone either.

Look at the people in the pew next to you. Watch out for your neighbour next door. Someone may be trying to reach out and you might be the best person to connect with.

Lord, prepare my heart with love and grace for those who need it. May I continue in my journey in community and never hesitate to connect others into You. Amen.

Who can you connect with this week?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.