Thursday, January 26, 2012

Encouragement...

You would know, if you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, that on Sunday, God put it on my heart to go worship at a church, other than my own.

Because I was up and ready early enough, I set off to go to a church I had visited only once before.  My first time worshipping there happened just before Christmas, when I attended this place of worship with a friend and her family, whose home church it is.  I'm talking about Heritage Park Alliance Church (HPAC).

For some reason, it took longer for me to get there than I anticipated, so I arrived a few minutes late.  However, with a less traditional service than my church has, it didn't really make a difference, because their more modern approach to worship includes much time of praise and worship, with the singing of songs and choruses at the beginning of the service.

I must admit that it surprised me to see this many people in attendance at the 9:00 a.m. service.  The only time I had worshipped there previously, the sanctuary had been almost empty.  But, last Sunday, it was packed!

At first, I wondered why the Lord would lead me there.  It didn't take long for me to know why.  The pastor preached on A New Reality.

As he spoke about how at different eras of our life, we have different personal realities in and of life, he touched on how we can sometimes be discouraged by various things that devastate our lives.

Phew!  Be still my heart!  Isn't that what I have been recently been feeling and writing about? 

While the sermon continued, I had to fight back tears, for I truly felt like he was speaking to me.  I felt encouraged by the time his words came to an end.

In retrospect, I can see that God led me there for a measure of healing.  For this, I praised God and thanked Jesus, for I truly needed to be lifted up.

Afterwards, I met up with the woman who is in charge of HPAC's library, R. 

On my previous visit for worship at this church, my friend had encouraged me to leave a copy of my book, Love Never Fails You... (here's a LINK ) with this woman, to have her read it and if she felt it was worthy, add it to the library collection of books to be loaned out.

Meeting R in the foyer proved to be a blessing to me.  Not only did she remember me, she let me know that she added Love Never Fails You... to the church's library collection.

Apparently, R was also heading up a small group that will be meeting for dessert and to watch a movie recently released on DVD, Courageous.  She invited me to the group, insisting I need to attend, even if I wasn't a member of her church.  lol  Yes, I purchased a ticket.

Then R, treating me like a new-found friend, introduced me to some of her fellow church members.  While introducing me, she explained I was a new author and mentioned Love Never Fails You... to them. 

As she did this, R did something I never dreamed would happen.  She turned to me and asked if I would be willing to speak at a small group meeting, possibly in March.  Surprised to say the least, I agreed. 

Thinking of the time, I said my goodbyes and headed off to carry on with the rest of my day's itinerary.

Yes, I still have more to say, so please bear with me.  Thank you for your patience.


Until next time...

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