Blessed to be HOME

We just want to share our heart…

 

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A year ago, if you’d told me that I’d be running a brush through my hair, throwing on a cap and a clean pair of jeans on Wednesday nights to head to a small group with my hubby and son, I would have laughed! No joke!  (In case you’ve never heard of a “small group,” it is like a Bible study that happens within a home.)

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Flashback to eighteen years of church hopping/shopping, and “not finding what we were looking for”, and lots of excuses on our part…

 

Sadly, our Sunday mornings ended much like this video.

 

It is true a huge factor was our 10 year struggle with infertility. We had a tough time relating to other couples our age. So many had children already. People unknowingly asked us questions that were complicated and emotional for us to answer. Even getting through worship music was rough. Then, after Liam was born, I had difficulty with leaving him in a church nursery- mainly because of the germs lol. DO NOT LAUGH, PEOPLE!  If you know me, you know I’m not kidding lol! When you wait THAT long for a child, you want to bubble wrap them even more LOL!

 

We allowed our excuses to keep us stagnate.

 

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Our excuses kept us from experiencing the blessing of a church community….
Then, God started working on us through lots of circumstances. Bringing the right people into our lives. Moving them behind our house. These neighbors ,who quickly became friends, invited us to their church. I wrote this blog post shortly after we began attending last Spring…

 

“Back to a Heart of Worship”

https://renovationinspiration.blog/2017/08/20/back-to-a-heart-of-worship/

 

 

Fast forward to three weeks ago…

We officially joined our church! That was a HUGE step for us: committing to a church community. After we attended a membership class, we talked to the Pastor and his wife. We shared lots about ourselves: my background, my husband’s background, and our journey to find a church. Afterwords I thought,”What were we thinking?! It wasn’t like we were at Confession!”LOL.  However, that glimmer of worry about sharing “too much” dissipated quickly as neither of us sensed the slightest bit of judgement. There had been hugs all around (from our pastor and his wife), and we felt like we were finally…

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We feel that same sense of belonging at our small group! We are so thankful for the opportunity to meet mid-week to chat about what we learned on Sunday and to share opportunities we had during our week to apply what we learned. Or what we are still learning. In a SAFE, LOVING environment. We are excited to grow with our new church family!

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I know it can be really overwhelming to choose a church home. There’s A LOT to consider. I recommend praying A LOT about it, and talking to friends who attend a church that aligns to your beliefs.

Never, never give up looking!

You will be blessed beyond measure! Take it from us!

 

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2 thoughts on “Blessed to be HOME

  1. I love this! This is such a regular dilemma for so many people. Although there are circumstances (like medical issues) which can keep people from being able to attend a church. In those cases, it’s important to remember that “we” are the church. We can gather with neighbors and let it grow into a community of believers gathered together, which is a home run church. Just as long as we don’t neglect gathering together to encourage each other and pray for each other. Like it says in Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” The gathering together for the sake of Christ’s love and commandments of LOVE. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

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