Saturday, February 25, 2012

God's Next Assignment

Feb. 2012

It ended suddenly, right after Thanksgiving, our assignment at our current church. We had been sent back to this church, this time as prayerful volunteers rather than volunteer leaders. God greeted us there with many people from the different churches and ministries He had used us at in the past and it was humbling and amazing! But circumstances occurred, here 6 years later, that made it clear God needed us elsewhere. I miss them immensely but understand that God cannot keep so many solid Christians in one place for long. It was truly a privilege to have been there again.

It's been 3 months since we left and we realize He has us on a meandering journey. For me, the impatience to find our next church family has finally abated as I realize how diversified is the body of Christ! I wasn't raised in "the church" so this has been a fascinating time of learning about the different denominations of Christianity. I was taken by surprise by "intinction" where, in communion, you dip the piece of bread into a cup and then eat it. I had gone up front and dipped my bread, turning to take it back to my seat when I thankfully realized the drippiness and put it in my mouth. I returned to my seat, red-cheeked.

I'm not sure where we'll go this weekend to church - weekly we ask for God's direction and usually find it in the personal invite, prayerful direction and even the impromptu decision on occasion. So far we've visited an Evangelical Free Church, a couple of non-denominationals, a Presbyterian and UCC church and I can't wait to see what He has next for us - whether this week or for longer.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

God's PT

Feb. 2012
I'm finally seeing some kind of progress in my physical therapy (PT) these past 2 weeks. Small but encouraging signs that allow me to add new exercises where, hopefully, more progress can be made. I've been trying very hard to suck it up and not feel sorry for myself. I am blessed to even have a physical therapist who spends time with me figuring out what's wrong and pinpointing the muscles that need strengthening.

Interestingly enough, God spoke to me through the pain - encouraging me to see what He needed me to see. He is my ST and sees the weaknesses in my spiritual muscles. He has arranged a whole timeline of interactions and exercises to build me up so that the interconnectedness of my whole life, physical and spiritual, can work together well. Then one day, I will be past the pain - if I choose to follow His plan, including the daily exercises in store for me. I long for the day without pain and without sin, when I can be whole again and wholly His.

Excuse me while I go finish my exercises...