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by Gracie Adamek

Last Sunday at iMPACT, our incredibly lovely youth pastor, Josh Petersen, spoke about a woman named Donna.

Donna is a woman who encourages others with her wisdom, loves with her whole heart and is in a very close relationship with God. She is the first person Josh will go to when he needs guidance or reassurance. She is always there for their whole family. There is nothing Donna would not do for someone who was in need.

So Josh posed this question: Do I have a “Donna” in my life? Do I have someone who encourages me to walk in prayer or to dive into the Word on a regular basis? Do I have someone who encourages me to just be a better me?

Do you? It’s SO important to find that person in your life.

It’s true that God can do all of that, but I also think it’s God heart for us as Christians to meet together and share struggles — to weep together and to pray together or to rejoice and praise God and lift each other up!

Most of us have more people who pull us down rather than push us toward God. But we need the opposite! We need to surround ourselves with the kind of friends that will do the latter.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another with acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near”.

Last Sunday Josh said, “There’s something about meeting together that makes us feel like we can do this.” Life gets tough. I don’t know a single person who would disagree with that.

Josh brought up another truth, too, when he spoke about who we surround ourselves with: Scary movies are scariest when you’re alone. Life is a scary movie. We are not meant to be alone.

This may mean that we need to open up and be vulnerable, raw and real, but that could be what it takes to receive and give what is needed.


God wants us to have people in our lives who help us get through.

We all need a Donna.

Snapshot_20121212Gracie Adamek is a senior at Lakes Community High School. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God 100% through this!

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