Monday, January 26, 2015

New Year, New Beginnings

Each new day is a new beginning-
to learn more about ourselves
to care more about others,
to laugh more than we did,
to accomplish more than we thought we could,
and be more than we were before.
~Unknown


A new year has come with new beginnings. I cannot believe this is my first post in 2015. More so, I cannot believe it has been two months since my last post. In part, it has been our schedules. In part, it just has been a lesser priority. My focus has been on my home, homeschooling, and finding a church. Yes, we are still looking...but I feel that we have been led to one, finally. The one we had gone to through the holidays was more traditional in service with contemporary music, but the pastor did not believe in the gift of healing and I just felt that I would be in the same situation I had been for so many years previously in that church.

We have only visited three Sundays to this latest one, but it is more of which we all are seeking. We learned of it through my daughter's best friend in our neighborhood. She is the youngest of eight, five years younger than the next youngest, her brother, and also homeschooled. Years ago when my daughter was just turning five, her best friend (of the same name) was no longer available to her. (That is one of those long stories that would take more time than I have to commit presently. Let's just say the mother had an major issue with a Word of Knowledge I was given about her unborn child, so she asked me never to contact her again.) I was seeking a new friend in the neighborhood for my daughter. The girl was two years younger than my daughter, but I cannot see their house from mine, so I hoped that I could meet the mother and watch over our children playing together. She agreed initially, but later called me back telling me that she simply did not have the time. Understandably, still homeschooling five or six children, but I was heartbroken for my daughter.

A few years later that same child became my daughter's best friend. Although there is two year difference in their ages, they are the same height and wear about the same size shoes. They used to have about the same build, but my daughter, still slender, has matured in her figure, while her friend is quite thin. Now the mother prefers my daughter because the girls play quietly together and my daughter, who loves playing with even younger children, does not play head games that is so common with her age. I think they would adopt her!

This same family have been very involved with their church. The father was in the children's ministry. They had obligations, but the last few years, they were very displeased with an event that the youth was doing at Halloween. Like us, they do not celebrate that day. The youth had been hosting an event using a scare tactic about hell. I know this can have a profound effect on some, but I would not be interested in doing it if I was a youth leader. In addition, her youngest has serious issues with being scared which has improved some with age, but she has not completely conquered it.

So, after they gave notice to be released from their obligation, they began looking for a church also. They tried the one we ended up leaving and they felt there was something not quite right there, before I mentioned that we were thinking of leaving ourselves. They finally settled on a church just a mile from the one they had been for some many years. One of their sons is the youth praise and worship leader there or something like that.

This church sings praise songs we do not know yet, many written by themselves, but easy to follow after a verse or two. The pastor has a cleaner, more to the point, and uplifting delivery in his sermons. One of the things I really like is that every Monday evening, they have a "Healing Room" open for a couple of hours where anyone can come at any time. The woman that runs it was trained by Rhema. (I am sure that peaks the interest of a friend of mine.) They also had healing services last weekend and I wanted to go on Saturday night, but I was feeling a bit too weak—I have been fasting since the first week in January. I will be visiting the Healing Room soon though, because I have a nagging issue I have asked the Lord to heal for a few years.

~ My Lord, thank you for Your guidance. Give us clear signs showing us where You wish for us to be. ~

2 comments:

  1. lol Interesting. we should talk. We had something happen Sunday that I hope we have no more of. Nothing ugly, just someone who had very obviously landed in the wrong church. Almost funny except for one thing.

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    1. We must Skype. It has been way too long. I want to hear all about it and more...much more. ;)

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