I see you there alone warming yourself by the fire outside the city gates.  I see your pain, hurt, and longing for one friend to accept you. One who will invite you inside the walls of community.

Is there any hurt like rejection?  Can anything compare to hearing laughter and joy of friends gathered, and all you can see is the wall that separates?

untitled (25 of 39)Today, I am writing with Outside the City Gates, and we are talking about what to do when you find yourself looking for community, Outside the City Gates. I love your comments so we can talk! So come on over and tell me what you’re thinking!

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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