As I said on yesterday's entry of Life with Lynnie (LwL), it was a day of worship, being... SONday!
Normally, I worship with my own church family. However, I had promised my friend C, that I would go worship with her at her church... since she had actually come and worshipped at mine, a few times!
This was something I had never done, before. Although, I had attended evening events, in the past.
When I arrived where my friend C worships, she wasn't there, yet.
As I walked into the sanctuary, I was seen by a couple I hadn't seen in a long time. We used to worship together at another part of our city.
It was so nice to see them, and talk with them! :)
As I was seated waiting for the service to begin, someone arrived that I had gotten to know over the past three and a half (3 1/2) years. This was a lady who became a friend of mine, and who made sure the church's prayer team would pray for me, because I truly needed healing. We had actually met when I attended a friendship group meeting there, and she had added me to their prayer list.
Yes, I'm sure you can tell that we were happy to see each other! :)
When the worship service began, I noticed someone sitting up close to where the pastor was located. I realized she was also someone I used to worship with, at the same church as the other couple I ran into when I first entered! When she arose and walked near where I was seated, she came over and we spoke for a minute. :)
As we were singing, C's and my friend, S came walking by where I was standing. She let me know that C was actually around the corner, from where I was located. We hadn't seen each other! :( :)
Knowing that I knew others worshipping, it seemed to me that they might think I would be joining them to worship, on a regular basis. And, I must admit, I actually felt temped.
The temptation seemed to affect me for a few minutes. But, after praying about it, I realized it was not something I could do. After all, I love my normal church family!
Thinking of this brought to mind, 1 Corinthians 10:13, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
Just as we read in today's Bible verse, there is no temptation given to us, other than such as is common to man; but, God is faithful, and will not let us be tempted above that we are able, but will make a way of escape, that we may be able to bear it.
This helped me to remember that even though I truly enjoyed being with so many people I knew and/or had worshipped with in the past, I could not worship with them on a regular basis, for I adore my church family, where I normally worship.
After the service ended, we got together. C hoped I would go for coffee with her. Unfortunately, I had to refuse.
Well, it was because something happened that I hadn't expected. It's something I will tell you about another time.
It meant that I had to leave right away.
So, off I went... after saying 'hi' to several other friends who had been sitting with my friend, C!
I must admit, worshipping there, was truly a blessing to me. Thank You, Lord!
Until next time...
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