Did you know that 1 in 5 people are lonely? I was shocked to hear this statistic at Church yesterday! Quoted from a 2015 Ted Talk by Robert Waldinger, Harvard Study of Adult Development.
I am a firm believer in small groups. I have talked about small groups before and how inclusive, welcomed, and less alone they make me feel. Are you in one? If not, try and find one. I promise the quality of your spirit will grow by leaps and bounds!
Trust me it is hard to take the first step and find new groups. I am going to praise Facebook once again but specifically a young woman who posted something in a local group I was just added too. The first day I looked at the group I saw this brave post
“Hey y’all! I’m in desperate need for some quality girl time with women my own age who are interested in starting a bible study together! Thinking somewhere around 25-35 year olds? I’d love to start a series called “Uninvited.” Maybe meet at a coffee shop once a week?? “
Fast forward two days and I am having coffee with the gal that posted plus 3 other brave women and we have a group of about 17 ladies who want to join our book study which starts this week! She was lonely and was brave enough to reach out. I am way outside of the age requirements and almost didn’t respond but I was prompted by the Holy Spirit. I am glad I reached out more proof that God is creative in who he puts together. We are about to start Uninvited Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely https://www.uninvitedbook.com/ There are also 6 videos attached to the book. I watched Session One today and was blown away! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9UQL8wzdPA
Go ahead be brave and invite or talkto someone who many be lonely today!
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.–Deuteronomy 31:6
Brussel Sprout Salad
This is a fabulous salad or main. Make the “bacon” ahead of dinner so it can crisp up.
1 bag of brussel sprouts (about 15-20)
2 large shallots
Salt and Pepper
Pecans, chopped and toasted (I do on top of stove. I just make enough for about 1 T per person)
1 recipe of Coconut Bacon, click here:)
- Clean brussel sprouts and trim ends. Slice thinly and set aside
- Thinly slice shallots and caramelize in a little olive oil on low heat about 20 min. Watch carefully they will burn if heat is too high. Remove from pan and don’t clean pan
- Drizzle a bit more olive oil in the pan and increase heat to medium high and saute brussel sprouts until crisp tender, about 6-10 minutes or until desired doneness.
- To serve put brussel sprouts on plate, top with scallions, pecans and coconut bacon. I usually eat this when brussel sprouts are hot but could be served at room temperature too.