Monday, May 20, 2013

Church and Soul Food #5

Yesterday was Sunday, and we made it to church!  Yes, it was hectic.  We still have to work on the getting there part (future posts, maybe?).  I am so glad we did, though, and here's 
some more nourishment for the soul and reason #5 to get to church...

{5.  Church Renews Our Purpose}
Church is a place I am encouraged and reminded to let go of my mess-ups from the previous week and look forward to the week ahead.  On a lighter side, parents, we are talking about a free hour of childcare, Christian education, and socializing for your kids!  Even if you don't have kids, church is a place to just take a break from the demands of this world and relax in God's presence.

13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Sure, I can set my own weekly agenda and leave it to chance.  If you want to know what that feels like and looks like just come along for the ride my family takes TO church.  It's a clear illustration of why God has a better agenda for me, and for all of us.  

Church is a regularly scheduled reminder of God's path for my life.  I don't know about you, but I need reminders.  I may fall into my pew feeling like something the cat drug in, but I leave feeling renewed and inspired.  Church helps me hear God's voice so I can act on His amazing love in faith. 

In thinking about who might read my posts on church, I realize that going to church is easier said than done for some.  Being able to go to church and worship God is a blessing and a privilege, sadly, not possible for everyone, for one reason or another.  The good news, though, is that worshiping God on a weekly basis is not about a physical building.

Worshiping God is about giving Him the time and devotion He deserves, being an active part of His family of believers.  Having a church building where everyone can meet is nice, but God is much bigger than any building.  He is in the most likely of places and the most unlikely of places.  He will come to each of us, be with us, and hear us wherever we call on His glorious name! 

A prayer for today-
Dear God,
Thank you for your universal and unconditional love and forgiveness.  Thank you for being with me wherever I am and hearing my prayers.  I pray you will work in me, willing me to act each and every day to fulfill Your good purpose in my life.
In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, I pray,

May God wrap His arms around you today and always,

This post is part of a series on going to church.  For related posts, feel free to use the links below.

1. Sundays and My Not So Silent Confession
2. Church and Soul Food #1- honor God and humble myself
3. Church and Soul Food #2- experience God's Holiness
4. Church and Soul Food #3- make the smartest decision
5. Church and Soul Food #4- join in Christ's family

1 comment:

  1. Great as all the others Lindsay. Great job! Nice that you put in that it's not only for Sundays and in the building.