Sooooo much has changed since my post of October 1st.
Our church is healing. We are in the process of organizing a pastor search committee. Most of the deacons that stepped down have been brought back, after much prayer. We’re in the process of repairing our worship ministry. We have had some wonderful pulpit fills. God is definitely working in our church. Our family is restored, or getting there. A few families that were run off have started to trickle back in. We have youth and children in our church again, which is wonderful. It’s astounding the damage one person can do to a church and equally as astounding is the healing hand of God.
I’m a few days behind on my a-z posts. I had a hard time coming up with an H post. I could have skipped it and come back to it later but I’m way to OCD (thanks mom) (don’t worry she doesn’t read my blog) So as I was working on some things for another blog I put my earbuds in and turned on the iPod and on comes Chris Tomlin! Hello! I have my H!
How Great is Our God…I mean seriously HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD! Chris is one of my absolute favorites. I’ve seen him live 3 times!
How great is our God
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Did you think I was talking about a man? Ha! No, well kinda…2 years ago my family and I left the church we were attending. There was a political uprising and our Pastor was fired. Sadly the whole thing was a mess and there was another pastor waiting in the wings…not how it’s suppose to be done but that’s life. Our pastor went about things and eventually started his own church. Anyway, my family and I decided to look at other churches. Our first choice stuck. I’ve been going to church my whole life and never, since childhood, have I felt so at home in a church. The people are are amazing. Everyone is so friendly. They actually make you feel as if you are a family. We’ve been at this church for 2 years now and I can’t imagine ever going somewhere else. Yesterday, after 2 1/2 years we voted in our new pastor. The previous pastor left to start his own church, at least that is my understanding. Pastor Heath answered the view of call and came to preach. He was awesome. Kind of nervous, which is understandable, but his message was awesome. It was about unrealistic expectations, which I found to be very fitting. As you can imagine there are people out there who will expect the new pastor to be just like the previous pastor or the interim pastor we have had. I kind of feel like he was saying “I am me, I am not them and don’t expect me to be.” Anyhoo, after the service we had a luncheon and Pastor gave his testimony. After a Q&A session he and his family were taken upstairs and we cast our votes. It was a silent vote. We marked yes or no on a slip of paper we were given and they were counted. It was almost a unanimous vote yes.
We are all so excited to have Pastor Mike as our shepherd. His first official Sunday will be April 24th and sadly I will be out of town at a book festival.
We’ve all seen rainbows. We know the meaning of the rainbow, God’s promise to never destroy the earth again.
Yesterday parts of Arizona were under a tornado warning. Including the small mountain town I live in. I wasn’t really worried, though I probably should have been, We’ve been under tornadow warnings before. But something told me to find a more secure shelter. So, being that I work in a building made of rebar and cinder block, I went beck to my store to hang out. The warning expired with no incident, thank goodness, but what i found in the calm after the storm was something so majestic. I’d never seen a rainbow so beautiful.