From a gal who’s always been surrounded by incredible girl-friends, but never had a strong sense of sisterhood, this past weekend was one for the books. Last Friday the ladies of EPIC Commission traveled North to Pine Trail Camp in Saugatuck. The day started as we explored camp, braved the river (and Lake Michigan if you were in my canoe), played games that tested our sisterhood bond (and patience), and spent some time talking about what it looks like to be established in our hearts.

    “Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
James 5:8

For a good portion of the day and night, we gathered in creation and shared the stories of how God created us. How He crafted each of our lives, the special ways we each came to know Him, how He revealed His Son to us. The valleys and trenches we had to crawl through to get where we are now, to see victory. There were tears and laughter as we ripped open our hearts and lowered walls that hadn’t been lowered, all for the sake of sisterhood.

Ever since then I’ve been thinking, and the Lord’s been speaking to my heart a lot about sisterhood and friendship. About how it’s hard and messy. And because we are humans there are emotions involved deeper than we know how to deal with. Sisterhood takes trust, vulnerability, an outpouring of grace, and strength from Him. It involves sacrifice and determination. It’s uncomfortable, but man does it feel good in the end. Sisterhood is a commitment. It’s a practice of reaching across the table to a girl you wouldn’t necessarily always choose, and saying “I see you, I love you, I value you, I will walk beside you.”

Last Friday 20 girls, who have known each other for at least the past month, walked into that camp as housemates, roommates, friends or at least acquaintances; and the next day we left with a bond that will forever bind us to each other. A bond that is not perfect, but it has the workings of a Holy God knit throughout it. A bond that will last because His hand is upon it. A bond that we will treat with love and respect because we are so unbelievably blessed to be given the opportunity of this unique sisterhood.

I can’t wait to see how our EPIC Commission sisterhood is strengthened this year, and how the Lord will use us for His Kingdom.

Madeline Murphy
1st Year Student Blogger

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