Yesterday, Hunter and I (along with some friends) traveled to a neighboring town to visit their community church there. We entered this place with open eyes, eager hearts, and the desire to understand and learn the humble beginnings of this church.
Wow! All I can say is wow. From the immediate love we received from the greeters in the parking lot to the pastor welcoming us with open-wide arms, we felt like everything was intentional. These folks were intentional about loving others. They were intentional about the gospel. They were intentional about loving their community.
We walked away with ideas of where we would like to be someday. But just like any great venture, it all starts with humble beginnings and is a process.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
I realized this past weekend how much my anger with our current church situation has weighed me down, and ruled my heart. It wasn't pretty folks. But being able to fully turn all of that anger, bitterness, and hurt over to God was soothing to my heart and soul. I love that I have a Father to cry out to, to lean on, and to rejoice in.
I am so grateful that I have my faith to sustain me during these trying times and to help carry me through the struggles that we will face in the coming weeks, months, and years. I can honestly say now that it is well with my soul.
What are you grateful for?