Showing posts with label church. Show all posts
Showing posts with label church. Show all posts

Friday, January 23, 2015

Home {aka your mission field}



Have you ever given much thought to how your home appears to others. Don't get me wrong, I know that our homes should reflect us and we should never design our homes for others, but how does your home feel to others? Is your home chaotic and out of order? I really struggle with balance in this area. It can be really hard to have a home that is just clean enough or just orderly enough. 

Our church has a little sign that you pass when leaving the parking lot that has always intrigued me. It says, "you are now entering your mission field". That's so true isn't it? Everything after leaving the church really is our mission field. I don't have a fancy career or letters after my name, but I do have a home that was given to us by God, and I think it is my calling for that home to be my mission field, not only to my family, but to others as well.

I want our home to reflect that, to be a place where others can come and seek respite if necessary or unload their troubles or just drink coffee and giggle lots. This blog is an extension of our home. I've just come to realize this. I welcome y'all into our home and into my heart through each post I write.

Consider your home your mission field and be amazed at the changes you may make. 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

On Kicking Fear To The Curb

" The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? "
Psalm 27:1


Our fear shows up in different places at different times and in different ways. But it shows up and always it's root is the same. Satan wants us to doubt. He wants us to doubt our belief in God's promise to us. We all have fear for different reasons and in different circumstances. Here's what mine looks like right now. We are renters. And with renting, by it's very nature, there can be some fear of the future involved. You live in a home that you don't control the when's or if's. The owner may want to sell and it's not in your control. Even in the best of circumstances, in the very back of your mind somewhere, you know that someone could choose to sell "your" house. That can eat you up if you let it. There are two kinds of renters. Some that are just in a very temporary frame of mind and they just live in a state of limbo not investing any time or money into their space. Others consider their home "their" home and they pour their heart and sole into that home. I've always been the latter. This is our second rental home in our twenty three years together, and it's always the same. I love on our home, no matter who's name is on the deed. Most often I know in my heart that we are in this home of ours because God placed us here. But every now and then, fear rears it's ugly head in my heart. An immobilizing fear that sucks the breath right out of me. I don't just consider fear an emotion. I consider it an all out attack by Satan himself. God promised us " though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear". That's how I know that Satan is trying to come between me and God's promise to me. 




Since beginning this blog and preparing to open an Etsy shop soon, I've fallen even more in love with this house of ours, this gift from God. Journaling our life in photographs has caused me to slow down long enough to see what a beautiful life we have here, Satan despises my joy and causes fear and doubt to creep in. "What are you doing? Why are you investing so much of yourself in this house? It's not even YOURS! Not even yours!". That's what fear sounds like in my heart. At church last Wednesday evening, as the pastor began his discussion on prophecy, my heart heard something altogether different. God showed up and spoke right into my fearful heart. God desires all of us to "fear not", but to flourish exactly where he has planted us. Even if that's in someone else's house. God's light and the darkness that is fear, just don't go together. So that's my fear and this is what I do about it. I remind myself that God promised to provide for my needs TODAY. I walk outside and look around at this amazing house God provided us with, and then I log onto my Fabric.com account and order yards and yards of oilcloth to make table runners and weather proof banner's for my soon-to-be Etsy shop............



.......and while I'm doing all this I snub my nose at Satan and smile reeeeal big! And that's how I kick my fear to the curb!

And, on a lighter note, our oldest son came by on Mother's Day and grilled a huge party worthy lunch. Oh my it was fabulous! 



I hope your weekend was joy filled. Happy Tuesday everyone, go forth and have a FEARLESS week!

Monday, April 21, 2014

On Worship and Random Sacredness



It truly is an awe inspiring process. The one where we ask of God and then we receive. We've had some changes in how our family worships. We LOVE our church, but we'd began to question how worship should look for our family. Soooo, we began to pray for direction and pray for grace and kept praying until new doors began opening. That's how it works, at least for us.  We pray and pray, and wait. Wait for God's direction. It always comes. Not always in the form we were hoping, but it comes. If you have read my previous post on worship, you'll understand our prayer. So here's where we are now. We worship IN our church on Wednesday evenings. This is how we started seven years ago, and this is how we fell in love with our church. Wednesday's at our church are a much more intimate, personal time.  Our pastor spends time in the word of God, sharing how God's word should reflect in our lives everyday. We are also planning to have our older children in the sanctuary with us during service rather than in the "kid's church area".





Our older daughter volunteers in the pre-school area twice monthly and is with us in the sanctuary the other two Wednesday's. She really enjoys her volunteer time and has such a heart for working with little children. Then, we worship together in our home on Sunday. We also are spending more time studying God's word at home every day. Yesterday, for example, we listened to our pastor's sermon on Prophecy Part 1 {http://thetorch.net/sunvod.html}. We then began to discuss the upcoming blood moons and to research lunar eclipses. Once you begin talking with your children about God, it just keeps going into more and more questions that turn into more and more opportunities to study and research. An unschooler's dream I'm tellin' ya! For me, a shaking up of my world, is always followed by a new clarity. I'm so grateful for a God that WANTS me to ask for His help. And, I always know He'll be there with an answer. So, how's worship look in your family right now? I'd love to know what you think.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

When People Disappoint





 I've pained for so long over this post. Mulled it over and over hoping that my feelings come across as sincere and not pious.   We had searched for years for a church that we could really hear God's voice there.  When we visited our church way back then, we knew we had finally found our church, our place in a vast sea of churches. Ya know the feeling, when the skies open up and you swear you can hear the angels singing.  It has been that way all these years until the end of this last year. Something happened that led me to see all the things that I despise about organized churches. The "holier than thou" people that ruin churches. The people that believe they were put upon this earth for the sole purpose of judging others. I'm having a really hard time getting past this view. Our pastor is amazing and will literally knock your socks off. He speaks and you hear God's voice, but some of the people have just tarnished it all for me.  They have caused me to feel all topsy-turvy when I thought I had it all figured out.  They've made me feel doubts that I thought were all resolved.  Don't you just despise when you hit a bump in the road. It was all sunshine and roses and then the sky darkens and the rains begin to pour. Yep, I'm in a funky place right now as far as church goes, and I don't really see a clear cut path out. I know that it was just the actions of SOME people that have caused me to feel this way, but it has stirred up lots of doubt.



(Print : The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy on Etsy)


 So, I pray, and trust God to open the next door.  So, we still study our Bible every day and know that God will reveal his desires for our family in His time.  But, curses on those folks who mess it up for others!  For heaven's sake, love on others, lift up others, don't take it upon yourself to do God's job. He's got it covered! I'm startin' to get all preachy now, sorry, I'm just harboring some anger right now.  Have you ever had your church boat rocked?  Tell me all about it friend.........
Until Next Time,
A.E.
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