Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I love the church

When I say, "I love the church", I'm not talking about a church building. I don't mean a specific denomination. And I'm not even talking about the church that I attend.

I'm talking about the body of believers. The saints. The church!!

I am so grateful for the body. I adore my sisters in Christ. I just stinkin' love the church!!

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. ~1 Corinthians 12:27

The past several weeks have been a bit rough. We're in this place right now, this place that I feel like we're constantly finding ourselves in. This place of waiting. And let's be honest, waiting can be rough. Ok, that's not totally true. It's not that it just can be rough, it's that it is rough. I mean, raise your hand if you enjoy waiting... That's what I thought.

Right now, my family of 3 (soon to be 4) is crammed into 2 small bedrooms in my parent's house. Almost nothing we own is currently in our possession. We shoved it all into the biggest storage unit we could afford (and afford is even stretching it) and kept out only what we absolutely needed. Let's just say that things are a bit tight and a bit minimal.

And while I could not be more thankful and grateful for a roof over our heads, a place to live, and a home cooked meal every night, this is not the ideal. And it's certainly not the goal.

In the mean time, we haven't a clue when our circumstances will change. I'm hoping soon. But only God knows His timing and His place. In the mean time, it's been a rough few weeks. Like when you can just sense Satan working, trying to discourage you at every. single. turn.

But let's be clear: We made a decision to move to Las Vegas. We knew full well that it wouldn't be easy. Ben had the final word and he doesn't second-guess his decisions (And oh how I love that about him!!). I trust him whole-heartedly. He doesn't get discouraged easily. But I do. And I know that Satan is trying to get me to question my husband's decision. But I can see through his lies. And I won't believe him.

In the mean time, I love the church.

Because in these rough times...

it's being able to send a quick text message asking for prayer and getting a ton of support.

it's meeting up with a long-time online blog friend in person and enjoying each other's company (and yummy dessert) and stories as if we've been friends for years!

it's getting the chance to chat on the phone with a friend who I haven't talked to in at least a year and complaining together, encouraging each other and just having a wonderful conversation.

it's asking blog friends for prayer, who I've never met in person and knowing that they are there with me, petitioning the Lord.

it's reading the Facebook status of a friend who I never knew all that well and haven't seen in years, responding to that status and getting a response of:

I'm praying for you right now...Lord it was years before David became King of Israel after he was anointed to do so through much trials and tribulations especially from Saul, future king David had to learn the kind of King he never wanted to be but be the king God wanted him to be. God used Saul to shape David's character for his future plans. Trust Him He's doing the same for you ♥

Do you get it yet? Do you see why I love the church? the body? the saints? They are amazing!

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. ~Romans 12:15

The past few weeks have been tougher than normal. But at the same time, the past few weeks have shown me how the body works. And it's incredible to see it in action; to be apart of it; to actually be the arms and feet of Christ and to see others being those things for you.

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. ~Philemon 1:7

I think sometimes we forget how good we have it. As Christians, we are part of the body of Christ. That body goes far beyond your home, your small group and your church. It stretches across the country, across the world, and through the internet. How incredible that we have a family, most of whom we've never met, but with whom we have the most important thing in common: faith in Christ?! We know His love and His compassion. And so, we can be His love and compassion for our brothers and sisters in Him. We get that honor.

So let me encourage you: if things are hard right now, reach out to someone for prayer or encouragment. We are called to bear one another's burdens. If things are wonderful right now, encourage someone else. He has comforted us so that we can comfort others.

...the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

And be thankful for the church.




3 comments:

  1. This is something I have been thinking about and praising God for the opportunity to be a part of. Body of Christ is such a powerful thing. He didn't want us to do life alone!

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  2. i love the church! i love this community of believers we're forging, in His name. i'm so thankful for the opportunity to help carry others' burdens and to share the weight of mine. I'm praying for you and your family, Jessi! He is working all things together for your good and His glory!

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