For years, I searched for active online communities of other Christian women who are Highly Sensitive Persons..
I’ve found none and wondered why.
It was my friend and co-author Kathi Lipp who pointed out that HSP Chrisian womanhood is “such a secret club, you wouldn’t even recognize other members if you met them!”
Because there are many types of sensitivity, and we each have our own unique combinations, it’s unlikely that I’ll stumble into a completely “kindred spirit” who is “just like me.”
Let’s suppose, for example, that we’re both at the same women’s retreat together and happen to sit next to each other in the back row.
If I moved there because I find the drum beat overwhelming and you moved there because the women in the front row were wearing heavy perfume, neither one of us will immediately think, “Oh, a soul sister! She and I are really gonna ‘get’ each other!”
Coming Together as an HSP Community or HSP Forum
While our individual sensitivities are unique, all more-sensitive-than-most women have one thing in common: a tendency toward over-stimulation.
- We understand feeling like “It’s just so hard being me!”
- We’ve all thought, “I’m the only one who struggles like this.”
- We all struggle with same core lie from the enemy: “I am alone…completely alone.”
Am I suggesting we make “It’s just so hard being me” our theme song?
I am suggesting that feeling lonely and ashamed makes any struggle worse.
And I am declaring that when we join together as sisters in Christ, we can hold up a collective shield of truth to weaken and repel the enemy’s favorite weapons against women:
isolation and shame
The Goal of any HSP Community or HSP Forum
Brene Brown says that “the two most powerful words when we’re in struggle are ‘Me, too!’”
For the HSP woman who has been misunderstood her entire life, there’s nothing quite like finding a kindred spirit who “gets” her.
So, we’d love for you to join us in the Sensitive and Strong Sisters Facebook Group. It’s a safe HSP forum where you’ll find understanding, encouragement, and connection.
Of course, even as we reach out in empathy, we must be careful that in our eagerness to “get” each other we don’t cross into the Holy Spirit’s exclusive line of work and start trying to fix each other.
We must keep in mind that as wonderful as it feels to be heard and understood by a sympathetic sister, the ultimate goal of community is to create a place where we each share our stories so that others will hear about Jesus and head to Jesus.
What do you see as the benefits and drawbacks of HSP Christian women coming together in community?