The Hoochietown Sisterhood: Mining Girlfriend Gold
Updated: Aug 15, 2019
(From left to right) DJ, Emily, Parletta, Margaret, Kristie, and Denise.
Okay, it wasn’t Hoochietown but Hochatown, Oklahoma, where the Sisterhood reunited. “A drinking town with a tourist problem,” according to the souvenir shop tee shirt. Not that we indulged. No, really.
After 13 years together in a small group, the past five apart from these ladies has felt like a limb was missing. I was slow to recognize the loss because moving to a new city was exciting. New job. New home. New church. New season.
But God had knit our hearts together.
A dull ache at lonely moments morphed into a sharp one I could no longer ignore. Thirteen years of “doing life together” can forge some powerful bonds. We have experienced the gamut together – cancer, promotion, divorce, job changes, infertility, sickness, marriages, adoption, grandbabies. Heartaches and joys.
For the uninitiated, Encounter Weekends were a thing at our church. Times to draw away with God and experience whatever He wanted to accomplish. Power-packed and life changing, how-can-God-do-that-much-in-one-weekend encounters. Weekends where our merry band of women served as a ministry team so others could experience God as we had.
So what do women who haven’t reunited in five years do together?
Laugh, hard. At old memories and new ones. Remember the “ghost house” near Little Rock? Margaret, can you build a fire? Or the U-turn in Branson with Par at the wheel? What about Jimmy Osmond and the chicken dancers – Oh Happy Day!
Eat like teenagers, including s’more around the firepit. (And paying for it later.)
Worship. We played our favorite worship songs on our phones and experienced a phenomenal time of extended praise sitting around the dining room table. Who says you can’t have church in Hoochietown?!
Listen to God. We determined to spend a quiet time separately with God each morning, listening for His still, small voice. Then we shared what God showed us. Life-filled, propelling words. Wise, provoking ones.
Celebrate birthdays. Words of affirmation are spoken over each birthday girl, confirming all our great qualities and somehow forgetting the flaws. This was hard when we first began many years back. The kind words felt torturous and undeserved. We started requiring each woman to say, “I believe it and I receive it” to cement the generous words. I now receive praise like a pro…bring it on!
Play. Billiards, cornhole, hot tub, and watching the chick flick classic, “While You Were Sleeping” for the umpteenth time and quoting all the lines as we go.
Pray. For each other, for our families and loved ones, for whatever God wants to do in and through us. For healings. For ministry. For salvations. For activation of spiritual gifts. We even prayed in the hot tub, surprisingly not awkward.
Talk well into the night piled up on a king-sized bed.
One scripture God gave us from Song of Songs 2:10-13 was confirmed three different times, a word that pierced us and set our hearts on fire. We’re still praying about its full meaning for us, personally and as a team. Are these verses for you too?
“Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling. Come away with me! I have come as you have asked to draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now is the time, my beautiful one. The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended, and the season of hiding is over and gone.
The rains have soaked the earth and left it bright with blossoming flowers. The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived. I hear the cooing of doves in our land, filling the air with songs to awaken you and guide you forth.
Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere.
The fragrance of their flowers whispers, “There is change in the air.”
Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now is the time to arise and come away with me.” Song of Songs 2:10-13 (The Passion Translation)
The Hoochietown Sisterhood was born that weekend, transformed from glory to glory, morphing from God’s old purpose to His new purpose.
What new thing is God doing in you and through you? Do you have Christ-centered friends surrounding you to nurture this fresh birth of purpose? We are designed to interconnect in the Body of Christ, supporting and loving one another to dive deep and live wide.
We are always better together.