Have I told you recently how much I love our church fellowship? And have I told you that I feel so foolish for having taken it for granted for the 5+ years that we’ve been attending this church? The fact is, I have had my priorities out of whack for YEARS. I’ve prioritized tasks over people. “I can’t make it to that service because I have this to do,” “Would love to do that ladies’ fellowship, but I’m so far behind on house cleaning/laundry/lesson plans,” and worst of all “I just don’t feel like going.” To boot, my poor prioritizing hasn’t just been about church, but life in general. I owe a lot of loved ones an apology.
We had a really beautiful New Year’s Eve service on December 31. Such a beautiful service that I really felt convicted regarding my past attendance/participation. Not in a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of way, but in a “I finally see why this is so important, and I really want to make a change in my life” kind of way. Little did I know that personal issues in less than 48 hours would motivate me much more strongly that the New Year’s Eve service.
I’m not at liberty to say what those issues are, but let me reassure you that as I’ve been studying my Bible and really learning how to pray for guidance, answers, and even miracles, I am more convinced now that everything is going to be alright. In fact, I believe things will be better than they ever were because of the amount of personal growth that will result for all those involved. This is my third week to attend Wednesday prayer service, and like last week and the week before, I left feeling so encouraged by the scriptures and the fellowship of my friends. I love that I’m welcomed with love, rather than judgment (“It’s about time you started coming to these services, heathen!”) and everyone sincerely cares and prays for each others’ needs.
There are some exciting events coming up in the future, too! February 7th, there will be a ladies’ fellowship/luncheon — I’m going to bring sandwiches and Jami is going to bring a dessert (hopefully that delicious Vintage Cake that she bakes for the grill where she works). Then February 13th, they are having a Valentine banquet for the couples in the church. We went last year and it was so much fun — we are really looking forward to it again. Easter falls in early April, and our associate pastor, Ed, is going to teach us about Passover and we’re going to have an honest-to-goodness Passover Seder. I’ve always wanted to do that, and I am quite excited to learn the significance of the seder.
I’m chuckling, because I have written more on this blog in the last three weeks than I think I’ve written in a year or more. I hope I don’t drive you crazy and that you enjoy my posts. 😀