i wanted to post an update to the blog post about looking for a church home. i found it! 🙂 it’s not a “perfect church,” and i dont think there is such thing as one on this side of heaven. there are things i don’t like, but i truly believe it offers just what i need. in my previous post, i said i was looking for a church “where people welcome accountability. where discipleship is fostered. where people fellowship.” i’ve found that at millennium. the pastor seeks to nurture all of those things in us, and he has a shepherd’s heart. he’s tough on the men, and expects much from the women. though it isnt what i thought my next church would look like, i would really rather be no where else at this time in my life.
it’s funny because i had been visiting millennium since june or july, but i didnt join until like december. i believe God was letting me know that i should have joined, but i was scared, and fear can be so debilitating. i should have listened to that still, small voice! lol i think i wanted to see the heart of the leadership, and the people, and ultimately be confident that it was God’s will for me to be there. i certainly believe it is. i would wake up on sunday mornings and not be able to stay away from there. i would resolve to not go, and end up there anyway. the bible urges believers in christ to make sure that we gather together, and encourage one another, growing in love, as the times get closer and closer to christ’s return.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
that’s so important to me: to have real christian fellowship and community. i’m finding that here. i’ve started meeting with one of the ladies for bible study time and prayer. and yesterday in service, we got in groups of five people, who we’ll be “holding up” and supporting through prayer and fasting. this world is cold enough as it is, and the church should be a place, if there ever were one, where folks can find love, support and community. my only regret is that i didnt join sooner! 😛
so for those looking for a church, or looking for direction for some area of your life from God, i would encourage you to keep praying and seeking God, and to be open to however he wants to move in your life. it may not look like what you thought, but God will give you peace about it through his holy spirit, and you’ll find he’ll give you just what you need.