I read a cute story today about a group of hedgehogs who, during a bitter winter storm were very cold — so cold that they might die. They joined together to find warmth.

 However, because of their quills they pulled apart.

But the cold was so great that they joined together again and endured the pain to survive. They lived to tell the tale.

This is my painting of what I called a porcupine but he could be a hedgehog too.

I have been blogging for 10 years. Writing is a solo activity. It doesn’t lend itself to discussion. And interruptions are the worst to happen to a writer who is flowing along with words pouring out onto the page.

But writers also can suffer from loneliness.

Stuck with our thoughts and ideas we neglect the outside world. We can become insular.

That’s where team building comes into play.

I found a wonderful group of men and women writers who belong to The Word Guild. At the first writers’ conference, held in Ontario, Canada, I found like-minded people who had a love of God and writing.

I found friends — life-long friends whom I still connect with.

Then I found another Canadian group situated in Alberta called Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. I went to their conferences and found friends there too.

These connections have helped me grow as a Christian and also a writer.

Two years ago I met Jeff Goins at one of the Inscribe Fall Conferences. He founded a group called Tribe Writers. It’s an online group but they also meet for a yearly conference. I haven’t been yet but I might someday. Tribe Writers is a hands-on group that helps each other to navigate the online world of writing.

Tribe Writers teach everything; the nuts and bolts of writing, the foray into social media and the highs and lows of being a writer, publishing and marketing.

An offshoot of that group is Tribe Builders Network run by Frank McKinley. This has been an amazing group where I have learned a lot about writing, productivity, and have built solid friendships.

As a team, we have worked well together to help each other.

There are many more small groups online I have joined but one stands out and that’s Deanne Michelle Welsh‘s group UnStoppable Writers. I love that name. With bubbling enthusiasm, Deanne exudes confidence and clarity into a writing career. She inspires me and I hired her as my coach because I knew that we would work well together.

Deanne pushes me further and is prayerful in letting God release what He wants me to do.

For the first time, I did a live video broadcast in a teaching retreat. I loved it.

In groups, there will always be a few prickly people but as with the hedgehogs we grow together and endure those painful times. You may not feel comfortable at first but if you stick with it you will find the warmth that you are searching for.

Teamwork. That’s what God wants us to do.

“You don’t have to know everything as long as you know people who know the things you don’t.” Harvey Mackay.

It can be said the same way about knowing God. We need to know God. We need to know Him well and get to know Him even better.

Working with other Believers helps us to do that.

 God will help us in all situations. But He also leads us to find others to help us too. We need to be aware of what is going on around us and having a team of believers helps to keep us accountable.

I am the founder of Grow through God’s Word — a closed Facebook group of believers who study God’s Word together. We question. We show examples from our lives. We grow.

Our group is a team with God’s Power.

Listen to Ecclesiastes 4:12 in The Message

By yourself, you’re unprotected.
With a friend, you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.

Are you with a team? If you aren’t I would suggest you find one.

God made us to work in community.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we know that You are the One we are to look to. But we also know you put us in community to help us grow and know You better. Help us to find the right community for us to get closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

Until next time, if you are struggling alone, pray for God to show you a group of friends to support you. Join a Bible study at your church. Find an online group. But seek God through His Word in all you do.


Visit Janis at JanisCox.com and read more of her work here.

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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