(sigh) another Sunday and no home church

Started by sharonl, May 24, 2009, 08:47:10 am

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sharonl

One of those days - life sitting hard on my shoulders.

Pete - need some of your strength today to 'turn it all over to God' Striving hard to do this - wishing for the strength to not fall into the lie of pulling it all back down and working on it.

One of those do as I say and not as I do days -  I know what to do, know what to pray - just finding it difficult to leave it in the Master's Hands.
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Pete

Oh Sharon, I wish I knew how to tell you to do this.  It's so much easier said than done.

I am truly humbled that you are asking for my "strength".  You have no idea how much that encourages me.  But it's not my strength you need.  It's His.

This morning's service was about not "doing" anything.  Just resting in His presence.  Not even praying.  Just "being" with Him.  That is one area I really struggle with.  I can't just sit and do nothing.  But the kicker is, it's not "doing nothing".  Being with Him in His presence is hardly "nothing".  My heart knows that, but my mind needs renewed to that fact.

Don't be discouraged.  God knew we wouldn't be able to do everything all on our own.  That's why we are all a part of His body.  When life gets a little too heavy for you to carry on your own, that's what we're for.  We'll help you shoulder the load, even if it's just by giving encouraging words to you.

So rest in His presence. Don't feel like you need to "do" anything.  Just rest in Him, and He will give you strength.

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"There is no charge for awesomeness -- or attractiveness."

The Lord is my banner

Dear, sweet Sharon, who always lifts everyone else up, prays, hugs, makes us laugh, offers wisdom...

Rest, understand it's not all your responsibility, it's not your fault that you can't fix it, and it's ok for you to not worry.
I totally understand what you said somewhere recently about thinking you ought to be worrying - to let go and leave it with God feels almost irresponsible somehow!
But it's not, it's what He wants us to do - not because He's mad at us or withholding anything if we fail to trust, but because He knows we can't carry it but He can!

I found this beautiful song a couple of days ago.  I hope it blesses you while you continue to seek the Lord's peace.

We love you Auntie Sharon!  (((((((HUG)))))))



Come, be with me


Supplanter

Just said a prayer for you. God is faithful and He will not fail you in this. You know that already but sometimes it helps our hearts to hear it and to say it.

sharonl

Thanks so much Pete and Sue - and Supplanter

I am usually not a whiner - but life gets pretty heavy at times.

My friend calling, desperate, crying, such a sad situation then watching your child suffer is a tough one. We cannot fathom how big our God is - but to watch as His son went through all that He did shows us we do not know even one small part of how Great our God is.

Sue you really hit the nail on the head when you said:

" to let go and leave it with God feels almost irresponsible somehow!" - That is my feelings exactly - I need to learn this.

Thanks Sue for the song - I'll play it over and over.

Pete you are always so strong with uplifting advice, thank you so much.

And Sue, you are so precious to me - with all that you have going on you still take time to uplife and encourage others.

I pray God's Blessings on you both.

That was a very good sermon Pete - something we all need to learn - We've had works pounded into our minds until we feel guilty just sitting in the presence of God - what a beautiful picture.

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sharonl

Quote from: Supplanter on May 24, 2009, 12:42:49 pm
Just said a prayer for you. God is faithful and He will not fail you in this. You know that already but sometimes it helps our hearts to hear it and to say it.


Thank you so much for the encouragement - yes we do always need to be reminded that He is always there for us.

Thank you so much for the prayer.
Diamonds From Heaven - help for the hurting heart
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Beautiful gifts - the men love them http://chopsknives.com

DianeL

Sharon, I didn't make it to my local church today. So, I put on from God TV and God on Demand - Florida outpouring and listened just to worship, SonicFlood on July 1st, Heather Clark when the angelic choir joined in to worship and Roy Fields. So about 6 hours of worship while I puttered washing windows, etc... There is such a peace on me right now, I could have a nap :)

It didn't solve any of my circumstances but I wouldn't trade that time/peace for all the popcorn at the movie theatres - laugh
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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
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By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13

flaglady

Sharon, I went to church this morning - let me share the experience with you as it was interesting.

It's been almost six months since I last went to any church. But this morning I got up and dressed, had breakfast and got into the car and started to drive. It was only then I realised I hadn't actually planned where I was going to! I found I had driven a few miles into Sunderland and it seemed like the car was doing the steering! It seemed to have decided I was going back to Hope Church! So I thought, who am I to argue with my car!

I had a lovely welcome there - it's been nearly three years since I departed. Had been thinking about it a couple of days ago and considering that a church is actually a public building and so why should I feel I wasn't 'allowed' back there but that was it. And three years was surely enough to say a lot of water's passed under the bridge. Even the pastor and his wife greeted me delightedly and warmly! Well, I never!

However - here comes the interesting bit - one of the senior ladies gave the message and she was talking about the lampstand in the Holy of Holies. She described how it was made and how and when it burned - from gold gathered from all the people and with olive oil supplied by all the people! The Holy of Holies was the place where the Presence of God resided and the light from the lampstand represented the presence of God Himself.

She concluded by drawing the analogy that just as everything else had been transmuted from allegory in the OT to actuallity in the NT, so has this. That now WE are the Holy of Holies, WE carry the light of God and the presence of God. That just really spoke to me, that we should compare ourselves with that Tent of the Meeting Place and the Lampstand in the Holy of Holies, a stand that was made of 75lbs of pure gold. (Exodus 25:31-40)

Doesn't that make you feel all tingely special? Even though there was no church today?

sharonl

That is so beautiful and really makes us realize who we are in Christ. Thank you so much - beautiful picture isn't it.
Diamonds From Heaven - help for the hurting heart
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Beautiful gifts - the men love them http://chopsknives.com

sharonl

Quote from: DianeL on May 24, 2009, 05:15:04 pm
Sharon, I didn't make it to my local church today. So, I put on from God TV and God on Demand - Florida outpouring and listened just to worship, SonicFlood on July 1st, Heather Clark when the angelic choir joined in to worship and Roy Fields. So about 6 hours of worship while I puttered washing windows, etc... There is such a peace on me right now, I could have a nap :)

It didn't solve any of my circumstances but I wouldn't trade that time/peace for all the popcorn at the movie theatres - laugh


Diane - thank you so much - you are very special to me - you are hurting so badly yourself and take the time to encourage me - many Blessings.
Diamonds From Heaven - help for the hurting heart
http://gentle.org/sites/diamonds/
Beautiful gifts - the men love them http://chopsknives.com

8 iron

Sharon I thought of you the other day. There is new Catholic Church in Lubbock, it's called the HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Not sure how the Catholic church works, or if they're associated with other catholic churches.

It's a spirit-filled catholic church though. Pretty awesome. I know another Catholic Church back around Wichita Falls that has a Father that's spirit-filled.

I'm sure they are all over the place. Be cool if you and Tommy could find one. You'd both have a little of what you're wanting in a church home.

sharonl

Yes that would be nice, however - since we have been doing our own studying at home and listening to John Hagee, he never mentions the Catholic Church anymore - but the biggest thing is I learned to shut my mouth and let the Holy Spirit teach, enjoying it so much - I don't really miss going to church so much - but I do miss the companionship with others.

We are actually much closer to God than we ever have been.
Diamonds From Heaven - help for the hurting heart
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Beautiful gifts - the men love them http://chopsknives.com

Balance

Where in the great nation of Texas are you, I have a number of contacts, would love to see if I could connect you.
Ego is the opiate that dulls the pain of being obviously stupid.

sharonl

Hi Balance - I live at Lake Bob Sandlin about 60 miles north of Tyler - little town of Pittsburg, TX

I just miss the companionship of church. The Lord is really working on my husband and I by having our worship at home. My husband being Catholic and me non-denominational - that devide has gone now that we are not going to church - I learned to shut my mouth and my husband has learned that studying the Bible was the best thing for him. Our walk has really gotten closer.

But we do need to find a group we can be part of.

These 4 years have been amazing in our walk with the Lord. Before I would find fault with his church and he would find fault with mine (this is after 50 years mind you) -  :doh:

But now it is like there is no difference in our walk, truely a miracle. So I feel we would be ready to go back to church of any denomination that would be Spirit Filled.

We have tried 4 different churches and they were so dry I come home and cry. So it would be back to worshiping at home and I am comfortable with that now - it that is what it has to be I am fine with it - but if we could find a home church we could be comfortable in that would be great.

Thanks so much - I really respect your walk with the Lord so whatever you thought would be good - I would have faith in that.
Diamonds From Heaven - help for the hurting heart
http://gentle.org/sites/diamonds/
Beautiful gifts - the men love them http://chopsknives.com

Floatingaxe

Reading this thread. You all are so uplifting to your sister! I am enjying the song posted by TLIMB! Thank you.

God bless you sharon!  :hug: