Yesterday was our first attendance at church as a married couple. It felt great to finally be back and settled in. Since we had missed the past 3 weekends due to travel, I had no idea what was in store for Sunday. Well, to my surprise and pleasure there was a guest pastor set to deliver the message. It turned out to be my pastor from
. On my old blog I talked about this man and how being under his leadership really helped me change as a person. I had some great spiritual breakthroughs while attending his church and listening to his words. And, then when I moved to California , he and the church were rocked with scandal. Until that time, I didn’t understand how a congregation can become so tied to the man that delivers the message every week. The news really did shake me. I was deeply saddened. Texas
When I met my husband, in one of our early conversations I was telling him about my
church and pastor and it turned out that he had a connection with him as well. They are both from California were apart of sister churches. It’s a small world. Philadelphia
Anyway, back to Sunday. When my former pastor was announced, I was delighted. Like I think I made loud noises and clapped uncontrollably, lol. My husband was excited too. It turns out that my current pastor and his wife have been mentored by him for years. Again, it’s a small world.
He delivered the message from II Corinthians 4:8, and focused on reminding people that once down, doesn’t mean you are out. At some point he even spoke about things getting so dark when you’re catching it from every angle - your friends, family, workplace, etc. He went on to talk about believing what people show you about themselves and how they feel about you. This really hit home because I just ended two 18 year relationships after my wedding. I had to stop focusing on the number of years we called each other friend and start looking at actions; especially actions during milestone moments. I was already at peace with my decision to end those relationships, but his sermon provided any confirmation I may have needed.
Sitting there and listening to the message made me really miss my growth under his leadership. I’m so thirsty for that same zest I had for my spiritual growth. On every side, I am experiencing a new chapter in my life, and I don’t think my spiritual life should be any different. It’s time for me to make the next step and get re-engerized in the Lord!
~ Blissfully Yours