Sunday, 8 February 2015

Thoughts by Susan L.

  The snow has fallen steadily since yesterday morning. It's been mostly tiny flakes except for the odd burst of giant clumps. They're the kind that should be reserved especially for Christmas morning. The driveway needs shovelling today at some point. Probably when I get home from church if I decide to go.
  The bug I've got is settling in so I don't know if anyone would appreciate me going and bringing it with me. But then, it must be everywhere. Perhaps a good dose of cough medicine might get me through.
  I don't want to miss another week.
  An email arrived from one of the elders with the forms needed to apply for membership. They included the church's mission statement for me to look at and a questionnaire to fill out about my own faith and walk with the Lord. I glanced through it yesterday but need to spend more time reading.
  Yes, there's a bit of a struggle going on despite what was said at the meeting about wanting to join. I think I shared that what was said was all God because it's the last thing I had in mind or even wanted to do. But then, this is an answered prayer: that the Lord gives me what I need, not what I want.
  It all has me feeling rather anxious. Help me, Lord, set aside the anxiety and walk true to Your desires for my life in faith. Lord, I ask for affirmation that this is the path You want me to take. In Jesus Name I pray.
  "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."" Ps 91:1-2


  1. Remember - you are already in the family of God. You are in Christ. (And membership in such a family has its privileges!! :-) Rest assured, that if you prayerfully approach the matter and feel that God was speaking through you before - He will be in the application. Being accepted does not increase God's approval of you or your status with Him, and after all, it is His opinion that matters. I do encourage you to read very carefully the mission statement and any other statements of faith. If you have to sign up for something, be sure you know what you are signing up for. (Ex: is there a financial expectation, participation expectation - you may not want that kind of "pressure" at this time.) God is already in tomorrow, so you can move ahead in the direction you choose with confidence.