"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." - Ephesians 1:3-5
Monday, April 15, 2013
I really believe that one of the worst seasons in life to be in is one where you are looking for a church home. It would be nice if we could
walk into the doors of a church and feel welcomed right away but who really does?
We don’t know where to go or what to do and all we want is a friend. It’s all a
bit awkward. I mean who wants to feel as if they don’t belong?
About 15 years ago, my husband and I hesitantly set out in
search of a new community. Like a wounded animal from the most painful experience in my life to that date,
I guarded my heart from any further injury. While I dug my heels in, the man
God gave me was adamant that finding a new church was important for us. I am so
grateful he pushed us forward.
For quite some time, I wouldn’t allow anyone to get past the
walls I built up in my life. This way, I wouldn’t have to experience the deep
pain inflicted on me by others. At the same time, I would never be able to
taste the essence of community the way God intended it to be. Over time, I began
to realize it was time to let God soften my heart of stone. As long as I
remained cold to those God placed in my life, I was the one responsible for my
Slowly, I began to accept invitations. I’ve learned I can trust
again. And in those moments where trust is broken, I get back up again. The search for a new community was not fun but it was the best thing we ever did! If you are searching, don't give up. A church operating the way God intended it to be is well worth the effort!
This year, I’m taking another step toward building my community. I’m hosting an
(in)RL meetup in my home. If you are looking for community, you're welcome to join mine! Here is the link for more information on the conference as well as registration: http://www.incourage.me/inrl. (It's free!) You can find the information on our meetup here: http://www.meetup.com/incouragemeetups/.