Sunday, July 5, 2009

1 Timothy 3

2 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

At camp this week we were encouraged to let the word of God speak. To read a chapter and then pick the ONE thing that most spoke or convicted and let the rest go and meditate on that ONE thought. I had a fantastic week in the word and in fellowship and am pumped and so on fire to be in the Word and to be listening to what God has specifically for me.

In this chapter what stood out to me was the term "family of God" that was introduced in v 15b. It goes on to say; "That family is the church of the living God."

I have been realizing that one thing that is contributing to my "discouragement" of late is that I haven't felt the "family" bond that has always been a part of my church and ministry history. My local church has always been "family" in every sense of the word, and here I have not sensed that. Not casting any blame outward, because I realize that this is about me. I need to make this place my family. I need to be real, I need to love passionately, I need to be vulnerable and I need to invest in the lives of people that I don't always feel I relate to or really have a clear picture of how they tick or what's going on inside.

I am coming to realize that the kind of connection we have experienced in church and ministry in the past is a blessing and a gift and a grace, it is not the norm of experience for most people. Be that as it may, I want to work at investing myself into Church family by living a life of worship and love.

Berry Girl said...

YAY! You're back!

I'm so glad that camp was refreshing for you. Looking forward to hearing more about what God has spoken to you and being encouraged by you too.