Big Church, Small Church, wherever God Leads

Hey Everyone! 

I am not going to lie, most of my growing up years, and into my 20’s, I had my own issues with attending church. Growing up I had to go since my parents made me, but I never felt like I belonged or fit in. 

During my college years, I struggled with it, because I was figuring out who I was really for the first time in my life. 

It wasn’t until at least my mid 20’s, that I realized where my issues lie. I grew up attending a large church, where I quite often still feel lost. I had gone off to college, where I integrated myself into a small church, where I could finally be myself, and be a part of a small church family. After I graduated, I had to move back to where I had to attend the big church, which to date (6.5 years later) I have never tried to reintegrate myself into. A lot of that is nothing more than being a warm body taking up pew space. 

Having found that the large church doesn’t work for this introvert, is why I have spent many a Sunday evenings visiting a couple of the smaller branch church, one of which is the one I attended in college. 

A lot of Rend Collective’s story, and message behind their music (especially their campfire albums), has resonated with what I had felt was missing for years. The Gospel is not complicated, and is more than just feeling warming a pew. Another couple things I love about their albums and music videos, is at least 2 of their albums were made while outdoors around a campfire. Many of their videos are outdoors. That resonates with me because I am more at home outside than I am inside, and that God is bigger than just a physical church buildings. Many of my most memorable encounters with God have happened outside of church, and my most memorable happened a couple years ago, while I was just sitting on the beach thinking about God and what he wanted me to do with my life. It was at that point when I had no doubt was real. I had felt his presence there, and that my favorite place to be, he created, if for nothing else, for me to enjoy. Something as simple as sitting on the beach, staring at the ocean on a beautiful summer day. 

I am not down on church by any means, church is important. My point is that God is bigger that just a church, and for some of us, God is more present in other places, like sitting around a campfire at the beach or in the woods, taking in God’s creation at it’s simplest and finest. 

Learning to Trust God Wholly

Hey Everyone! 

2017 is here, it is a new year and fresh start. In many ways it also feels like a fresh start for me in my walk with the Lord. 

I have been saved for a couple years now. I was raised going to church and knew the right way to go, but didn’t choose to give my life to the lord until I was in my mid 20’s. 

2016 was a tough year for me spiritually, and now that it is a new year, I am have made the choice to work on my relationship with my Heavenly Father. 

One of my biggest issues, and one of the hardest things for me has been wholly trusting in God and his promises. I am really trying to stop in my tracks and be still in the quietness, and learn the lessons that God is trying to teach me. One of those is trusting in him to provide for my needs, whether it be for financial needs, what I am supposed to be doing career wise, or who I am supposed to spend my time with. 

Over the last couple of years I have really felt the Lord’s hand in my life, guiding me. I have also been discovering God’s Purpose for my life, and embracing who he would have me be. 

Trusting someone or something that I can’t see with my eyes or hear with my ears has not come easy for me, but God has made himself so real to me many times.