I had written a few months back, how we had changed churches, after 8 years. Although hard to let go of what you have known, it has been a blessing that I did not know God had in store for us.
Nick and Taddy attend the youth group on Thursday nights and both play in the worship band. Nick on keyboards and singing and Tad on the djembe drum (a recent gift from his momma.)
On several different weeks the youth have led worship in our Sunday gathering as well. My heart has just swellled in love and praise as I hear my sons lead us in worshipping God.
This past Sunday, our church gave Nick a wonderful blessing. To invest in Nick and the ministry God is evidently leading him into, they gave Nick a new electronic keyboard. He had no clue. He came in to service and saw this keyboard sat up and went over to test it out.
The picture below is when Cynthia and Greg told him it was HIS keyboard and he could take it home. See the big grin?
Church meeting in a home with this wonderful church family has been such a growing experience for us and such a blessing. It is all that we had missed and longed for in our church experience. Community, connection, transparency, family. We all love it.
Last but not least, my perpetual football boy. Just had to throw that picture in!
O God, I have tasted Your goodness,
and it has both satisfied me
and made me thirsty for more.
I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace.
I am ashamed of my lack of desire.
O God, the Triune God,
I want to want You;
I long to be filled with longing;
I thirst to be made more thirsty still.
Show me Your glory, I pray,
so I may know You indeed.
Begin in mercy a new work of love within me…
Give me grace to rise
and follow You up from this misty lowland
where I have wandered so long.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Some would gather money Along the path of life Some would gather roses, And rest from worldly strife. But I would gather children From among the thorns of sin, I would seek an ebony curl, And a wide and toothless grin. For money cannot enter In that land of endless day ,And roses that are gathered Soon will wilt along the way. But oh, the laughing children ,As I cross the sunset sea, And the gates swing wide to heaven ,I can take them in with me! ~Author Unknown~
“God wins us, not by shouting, beating us up, or starving us into submission, but by asking for an invitation to enter.
We are loved into surrender. The more we accept that he operates out of love for us, the more we will entrust ourselves to him.
Fénelon expresses this truth beautifully: "God is not a spy looking to surprise you. He is not an enemy lurking in the shadows to hurt you. God is your Father who loves you, and wants to help you if you will but trust in His goodness."