I am used to a typical Sunday morning.
Breakfast, showers, church.
We went to church last night instead of this morning, and I have to admit I am kinda thrown off. I know so many of our friends LOVE going on Saturday night, and I can see the allure. And perhaps we could get used to it. But I was at Target this morning at 10 am and I just felt, well, off.
Guess I am a creature of habit.
Today we are having FLOCK (what our church calls small group) at our home. We meet every Sunday night- but we have missed a few over the past few weeks due to Carousel. It is a small group of families. We get together and basically “do life” together. We celebrate victories or milestones. We pray for one another. We discuss scripture, we worship, we question, we spur one another on. And, we also hold each other up when life gets complicated. Our kids stay with us while we study, and worship and pray.
That is a change for Michael and I. We used to go to a small group in California and the kids were at home. Since we moved here we have been taking part in a family small group. It has been really amazing. While I know that sometimes the kids get restless, I love having them in there while we study God’s word.
There are 3 other families that come join us weekly. Today is a little different kind of FLOCK. We are walking with a family right now through a pretty tough road. We are not certain of the outcome, but we are certain of the God who holds the outcome in His hands. And their faith, their steadfastness in His love and provision are a buoy for all of us. We are prayerfully standing with them, in the uncertainty that lies ahead. But knowing that whatever the outcome is, we will be able to praise with them.
Sorry. I know not a very fun, jovial post, but something that is on my heart.
Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:6,8)
We love you, Colby, Emily and Jireh.