Longing for authentic, intentional community.

Don't worry about which group is going to accept you and let you be a part of what they are doing. Even if you're watching them do the same things you want to do, that doesn't mean that God is not provide authentic, intentional community for you too.

It is okay to long for friendship and an opportunity to share life and grow with others, but don't think you can't ever have it because you aren't close to one particular person or group of people. Yes, they may seem like really interesting people that you'd like to know. Yes, he might be the kind of guy that captures your attention like no one else ever has, but don't think for a moment that the possibility of a certain friendship or a relationship is all there is. God wants you to be satisfied in Him first, and trust that He knows who belongs in your life and when they belong there.

Say goodbye to watching others, hoping they finally notice you or wishing you could somehow be apart of what they're doing. Even if it's Christian community you're craving, God is still the One who will put the right people in your life when they are supposed to be there. So don't worry about which group is going to accept you and let you be apart of what they're doing. Even if you're watching them do the same things you want to do, that doesn't mean that God is not going to provide authentic, intentional community for you too.

Whether it's a women's group or organization, a conference, sorority, or just a group of friends from church or your area--big or small, whether you end up fitting with that group or not, God is still going to provide for you.

So don't be discouraged! Your friend group and local community might not always look like what you saw on someone else's Instagram Story but that doesn't mean that you can't find your community. Even if your community is one of your cousins or a friend from high school who kind of gets looked up. As @soulscripts so beautifully says: "sisterhood is not a clique, it's a team."

Focus more on building relationships with people who are more than just those you have things in common with, but you can encourage one another to be who God has called you to be!