I have a tribe of women. Women in my life who share their stories, who listen to my stories and are there to pray with me. We are there to encourage each other and to lift each other up.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
During hardship, we need to know more than ever that we are not alone. That doesn’t mean our tribe needs to be made up of people who have stories exactly like ours. It needs to be made up of God-loving women, women who will listen, encourage and pray. Throughout my struggle with getting pregnant, I have built up my tribe. I have women that I talk to on a daily basis about the struggles I face. About the heartache, jealousy, discouragement. They sympathize, they understand and they encourage.
You may be wondering, why don’t I talk to my husband about this. Well, I do. But being a man, there’s only so much he understands. Women tend to understand one another better because we regulate our emotions in a relatively same manner. We process things different. Things in life affect us differently than they do our husbands. They try to understand, I thank my husband for that. But having a tribe of women to turn to, is a wonderful thing.
These women in my tribe, a heart sisters. They know my heart, they know my desires, they know my dreams and they know my struggles. These are the type of women you want in your tribe. These are the sisters that will encourage and uplift you. They don’t judge you, they don’t call you out, they help you. They help you navigate the waters of your emotions. They help you piece things together. They pray for you.
When you struggle with the things I’m currently struggling with, you can feel very much alone. Like no one understands what you’re going through, no one knows what you’re going through. But these women, the women that you allow in, will hold your hand through these rough times. These women can be sisters, mothers, friends, cousins. These women can be in the same room with you or they can be hours away. It’s these women, who get you through this. Who remind you you’re not alone, who pray for you and remind you that you’re loved.
These friendships are ones you need to treasure. They are a gift from our Father. They each bring something different, a different story or a different perspective. Regardless of how different they are, they are all needed to fill that role. I need each one of my tribal women. There is a significant treasure found in a tribe.