Today in church John presented the second sermon in his "Simple Life" series. I was so moved and motivated by the first sermon last week that I've spent more time with God this week than I usually do. One of the points John was making was that we need to put God before anything else in our lives. Even before our spouse and family. As I was taking in what John was saying and merging it with my own thoughts, it occurred to me that I had done what John was saying we should do. Put God first.
Recently I felt I needed to make a decision about church. I was a long-time member at one church but attending another. I was keeping my name on the AUMC member roster but not attending their services because I wasn't moved or excited about how the church has grown and the direction it has gone in. It just didn't speak to me.
I needed to decide what was best for ME. Stay with the other church and become more active there, thus staying at the church my husband and my mother-in-law attend. Or move to Quest, where my daughters and their families attend. Though I don't like the idea of my husband and myself attending different churches, that wasn't the issue for me at the time. I prayed and prayed about it and sometime during one night of what was a peaceful sleep, God spoke to me and said, "I am first. Go where you find me." So I did. I moved my membership to Quest and have found a new church family there where I am comfortable and more excited. Each Sunday I am compelled to actually study and follow up on what John has delivered to me.
During communion the praise band played and sang a song that moved me to tears....literally. By the time I got to John to receive communion, I was practically blubbering. I am searching for that song so that I can share it with you. When I find it, I'll post it for you if I'm able. In the meantime, enjoy this video of 'Simple Gifts'.
Be blessed this Sunday.
'Know God's Voice'