It was several years ago that we had a delightful surprise of old friends stopping in to see us! These dear folks – John and Becky, were saved under my husband’s ministry years ago in Indiana. People that trust the Lord during the time you’re at a church become so special; they are your spiritual children. It’s always refreshing to see them or hear from them and learn that they are still walking with the Lord and being faithful to Him.
After I walked in and found them sitting in our church, we had our squeals and hugs, of course, then the service started. As we sang and worshiped together I thought about how surprised they would have been if we hadn’t been at church! They just assumed that since it was Sunday night we would be at church! I’m glad they found us there. I’m glad we were doing what we were supposed to be doing!
Later as I considered that thought I wondered, “If someone came looking for me early in the morning would they automatically assume I’d be in my quiet place? Would they find me at the computer checking Facebook instead? Would I be at prayer meeting on Wednesday night or would I be home instead because I was tired from a busy day and this is the only night I have to rest?”
More importantly, would the Lord find me doing the things I ought to be doing? We don’t do the things I mentioned for men’s approval, but because we love our God.
Many “good” Christians attend church two out of every five Sundays. Church is sort of optional and we’re missing the blessing of the church and it’s having a terrible effect upon our culture. The church was meant to be God’s place of encouragement for His people where you heard the Word of God and where you were strengthened in the things of the Lord. ~ David Jeremiah
Where will you be found when someone comes looking for you? We all need rest, but there is always time to do the right thing. I’m certainly not always faithful, but my friends’ surprise visit was a good reminder that where we find ourselves is a good indication of our priorities. We are also preaching a message to those that are watching our lives – unsaved neighbors and our children. May others always find us faithfully living for our Savior!
Friends, may I just ask if you are faithful to your local church? What is your priority? Your family? Why not bring them with you to church? Show them your priority is God’s house. Why not give them an appetite for preaching, teaching and the fellowship of God’s people? Is your priority your leisure activities? Remind yourself of the One that gave you that to enjoy!
Make the church an integral part of your life.
You need the church.
The church needs you!
Be found in your church this week! Even tonight!
This morning I rose and pulled back the curtain to see the new day – to see what was happening outside my window. I wanted to see the brightness of the sun, the beauty of the morning and of the freshness of the new day. It was easy – I just took my hand and pushed back the curtain. Do you know that there are many times when God does the same thing for us so that we will be encouraged in prayer; so that we will see that He is indeed working on our behalf? I watched that happen this past Sunday morning…
Continue reading “God’s Hand At the Window”
It was a busy evening of decorating the church for our recent Vacation Bible School when one of the leaders picked up a “Conversation Beach Ball” and decided it was time for a break. She threw the ball to a worker and yelled, “Right hand!” They caught the ball and then read the question that was under the grasp of their right thumb and answered it. The ball was passed to me and the question I read was something like,
What Bible story do you love the most?
Not wanting to take too much time to answer, I thought of one I’d recently been reading in my morning devotions. I said, “The story of Joseph forgiving his brothers.” The group was satisfied with my answer because it allowed the game to continue.
The next day I got to thinking back on our game, and my question in particular, and I was shocked when I thought about how I had responded!
Continue reading “How To Have Life and Peace”
I walked down to the mailbox, opened the lid and pulled out the two envelopes the postman had left. The return address in the corner of each envelope told me it was “same ol’, same ol'”. Junk mail. Ugh.
I walked back up to the porch, threw the non-impressive mail onto the step and picked up my waiting broom. I swept the porch while the white envelopes lay discarded, Continue reading “A Fresh Love Letter”
Laryngitis is keeping me from posting a video today, so I’m writing my post instead. Hopefully I’ll be back with a voice and a video next week!
Whether we want to admit it or not, the Christmas season is closing in on us. I’ve seen Black Friday ads long before November even arrived! I can remember the days of shopping on Black Friday. One year my whole family was in Kentucky for Thanksgiving and we decided we were going to join the crazy shoppers and head out and get some bargains, too! We mapped out: Continue reading “Early Shopping”
The theme for my fall is “Retreat!” I will have participated in five of them by the time Thanksgiving arrives, and I love it!! I’ll be on the giving end of each of these retreats, but I’ve had the blessing of being on the receiving end MANY times! I know that to attend a retreat: Continue reading “Three Ways To Make the Most of a Retreat”
I’ve recently shared on my blog that my church hosts a Ladies’ “retreat” of sorts every other year. I called it a “Refresher” because that’s what I was praying it would be in our lives. Just last weekend we enjoyed that great refreshment in so many ways! I thought you might enjoy getting a peek into our time together!
Continue reading “Overflowing With Refreshment”