grateful beyond belief

A month ago, I went camping with some friends.  I can’t believe it’s only been a month since that camping trip. God used that trip to change me. He cracked me wide open and spilt out everything that has been bottled up for the last couple of years.

During that camping trip, I met some new friends, reconnected with some old ones and told my story and heard others’ stories. I felt connected. Finally. After being almost completely isolated for almost two years, with the exception of walking with my neighbor most mornings, I finally found community with other believers, centered around Jesus. Not just hanging out with no real purpose but really wanting to walk this thing out, good, bad, and ugly, and do life together. No matter what that looks like.

Since then, we’ve been breaking bread from house to house. And I have been loving it. But, many of us have been under attack. The enemy does not want us meeting with other believers to celebrate and talk about Christ and pray for each other and with each other. When believers come together and unpack the gifts that God has given them, I believe we’re going to finally see the power of God, the stuff that we cannot see on an individual level.

Everyone longs for community on some level. And many people rally around stuff like ball teams and politics and other stuff, but what if we take our energy and go after the Kingdom of God and His righteousness? What does that look like? He says in Matthew that His burden is light and His yoke is easy. But most of us are still dragging around what looks like a whole lot of crap that doesn’t in any way reflect His power or His glory. I’m signing up for His burden and yoke.

What if we’re freed to release everything and run after Him? To invite people into our homes and our lives and do community in a very purposeful Christ-centered way, allowing Him to be magnified above everything else.

Since that camping trip, people who hadn’t even met before have met and prayed together, hiked together, and will serve someone in our own little missional community next weekend. Serving and doing house stuff really isn’t my gift as such, but I’m super excited about coming together as the Body of Christ to encourage a family in our midst, eat a meal, and  work on their house, even if they have to put me on pine cone duty because of my serious lack of skills.

I cannot wait to see what God has in store for His believers, not just in this community but all over Nashville. Because, I have a feeling, when you begin to taste His goodness, you cannot get enough of Him or His people.

So I just got home from eating a meal with other believers, praying and talking about Jesus. And I am just grateful. Jesus said, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met.

They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved. (Acts 2)



2 Responses to “grateful beyond belief”

  1. 1 Marleen Halt
    November 12, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Oh WOW!! you speak it so plainly. Just what I needed – I have found a group of women that I meet with on Friday mornings and it has become the most precious time. We share what GOD is doing in our hearts and how HE is plowing deep and what it looks like to do life with one another and fight for one another. So yes it is truly freeing to be able to be released from the bondage that the evil one has held us in all these years and to be able to talk about it and share it with others. When we let the roof come off and let GOD in and when we take down the walls and let others in – then we can begin the healing process of being restored and being set free to serve HIM with joy and freedom. Thank you my dear – for processing yours with the world in this blog. Praying for you to keep Seeking HIM and sharing openly what He is dong.

    • November 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you for your prayers. I truly need them. I will be praying for you and your community. It’s so exciting to be a part of what God is doing. Confess your sins to one another, pray for one another that you may be healed. And boy what a healing that is! It’s truly truly unspeakable joy. I found myself jumping up and down in my friend’s yard and crazy laughing because a new friend is coming out of isolation and wants to help and encourage those around her. I think we’re going to see the power of God released in community, Marlene. Show us your glory, Abba!

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