This morning, we visited a church we'd never been to before. Myguy's friend: Arlis, was giving his testimony and asked if we'd please "come." We made plans; set our alarm; then the alarm on the cellphone; just in case the power went off in the night. Myguy didn't want to miss it for anything and I now know-... it was a divine appointment.
Inside, we found "Arlis." He wasn't used to getting up in front of people, but because of what Jesus did for him; he had somethin to say. ;)
In the Sanctuary, we were greeted by many. Then two familiar faces came in and sat directly in front of us: Jerry and Susan. Years ago, we attended the same church together. In fact, Jerry, Myguy, our two sons, and yours truly- all got baptised together on the same night! We will always have a very special place in our hearts for Bro Jerry- after-all; we were all dunked together! Then; looking up, I saw their son Cory taking his place on stage with his guitar. ;) Where did the time go? He's now 17 years old and playing in the worship team. I was his Sunday school teacher when he was around 7 years old! My heart did a flipflop. The praise and worship music was incredible and I realized... little Corey was "leading" everyone into the courts with praise! I had a hot lump in my throat just thinking about it. I mean.. who knew back then, that the little, red-headed, first grader, staring me in the face would one day be leading everyone... making melody for our Lord, and I'd be clapping and singing along! (GODBUMPS*)!!!!!!!!!
The message preached was in Ephesians 5, and was over walking in wisdom. Afterwards, Arlis got on stage and gave his testimony. Around a year ago, he was in a bad accident, where he found himself hanging upside down from his own seatbelt. Drinking and driving do not mix. He asked God for help, and at the hospital they gave him a 90-some percent chance, that he'd never walk again. Arliss asked the Lord into his heart, hasn't had a drink in almost a year now, and although it was a difficult road to recovery, he's healed and walking! He gave an incredible testimony! The Lord also gave him boldness, and clear words to speak. I just thank God for saving his soul, his life, for healing his spinal cord, and for touchin all our hearts. I know God used him to touch mine.
During supper this evening, I turned on the tv and started listenin to a preacher we'd never heard before. What do you think his sermon was over? Wisdom! ;)
Then at the evening service; back at our church... the message was basically over... loving others,and honesty about our "condition."
"Then Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack He said. "Go sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come follow me." Mark 10:21The key words were:
"Then Jesus looked at him and loved him."That brings us back to the whole "love thing!" Love God, your God with your whole heart. Love Him with all that's in you, love Him with all you've got. And also back to loving our neighbors. Is my head spinning?... yes!
When church finished,... another thing happened! A lady approached me and asked if Wednesday I'd do prison ministry with one of the two ladies at church who goes. I've been wondering why everytime I hear them mention it, my heart pounds faster. -- I'm excited and know I'm supposed to be there. Don't know how often they'll ask me to go- but I know the ONE who knows the plans He has for me!*