Many of you know that my family and I have just moved to Virginia. I was a LONG trip here and ended in the Emergency Room with both kids:( After both kids were healthy, we moved into a house and got unpacked, the first priority beside putting food in the fridge was to find a church home. For me a church is more like a family and as a stay home mom.....it's my life line to human contact. While we were still in a hotel looking for a place to live I was scouring the local phone book and googleing every church in the area. Oh yeah, a very important piece of information, while in Houston we were members of Houston's First Baptist Church. Seriously the best church I have EVER been a member of in my life. (I grew up in church and I'm in my 20's...ok, late 20's) The pastor is an amazing teacher and man of the word, our Sunday School class and Small Group.......AWESOME....better than awesome!! I could go on but thats not what this is about. While searching for a new church, I began to think there is NO way we will find a church that will even compare to what we have been apart of for the past three and a half years. I began to doubt and began to think that we are going to have to settle. I even thought, " I could just watch the Pod Cast from Houston....seriously.
Well, for some reason I am writing about why I was so amazed that the new church we are attending is excatly what we needing and more then we could desire in a church family. This past Sunday was our 2nd Sunday to attend and we visited the young couples/emerging families class. On the way to church my husband and I were talking about our current struggle with our Strong Willed daughter. Each day we battle with the same issues of taking a nap, eating something other than a hot dog, cheese, and cereal and going to bed at night is a chore I dread. She is 3, incase you didn't know and pushing in everyway she can. So we walk into the class and there are about 7 couples ranging in age from 20's to 40's. Get this, they JUST started studying the book "Boundiaries with Kids" It was great to be able to talk to parents who have older kids and have been where we are and shared stories and advice. While sitting there I thought to myself.....how does God do this? How in the heck does He meet our exact need at such an exact time and place? Later that day I thought, why am I so amazed that God did exact that He promised in so many parts of the Bible? A scripture that comes to mind is one that I've had memorized since college. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." WOW....and I doubted? Of all things, I doubted that there wasn't a church around us where God could use us?
So, I'm amazed that God thinks enough of me to provide not only my basic needs and prepared a place for me in His kingdom, but I'm even more amazed the God, the Creator, gives me WAY more than I deserve!!! He has blessed me to be apart of church family that is ministering to my heart and family more than I would of EVER expected. (and so much more of course)
Thank you God! Thank you so much!!