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Sunday Fun Day

First off, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be starting my very first blog series called (drum roll please): Marriage Reading Challenge.  For the next 38 days, my husband and I will be reading “The Purpose Driven Life” together.  It’s takes 40 days to read and is 40 short chapters.  I say for the next 38 days because we have already completed the first 2 days of reading.  Once a week, I will blog about what I’ve learned and how this challenge has helped our marriage.  At the end of the challenge, I will also write a book review.

If you are married, I hope you’ll think about joining me in a marriage reading challenge with your husband.  It can be any book you want.  After we finish the purpose driven life, we will probably pick different books in the bible to read and study together.  The purpose is, to spend time together.

Yesterday was just a wonderful and fun day.  We went to the 9am church service and our new friends joined us.  For the last year, I’ve been teaching 6th grade Sunday school and yesterday, I was able to attend my very own newlywed Sunday school class.

I stepped down from teaching because I realized that teaching was not the ministry I feel called to serve in (though I am still a substitute teacher). I also decided to step down from teaching because I haven’t made any friends in church and I knew that getting into a Sunday school class with adults my own age was going to be crucial to making some friendships.

I feel really excited about this newlywed group.  Everyone was working together to help the class run efficiently; someone was helping with taking roll and greeting members; a different small group brings breakfast each week, someone made the class announcements, 4 or 5 men signed up to teach a series over the new few weeks; another person was in charge of the Facebook information page; another was in charge of event planning; another was in charge of prayer requests/praises and sending out email to everyone.

Although the class was rather large, it meets in small groups, outside of church once a month or more, for more intimate fellowship.  I’m extremely excited about the group’s commitment to fellowship with each other – I think that is what my heart has been missing out on over the last year and I’m excited that God has led us here.  This Saturday, the entire group with be meeting for potluck dinner and board games.  My heart is filled with joy thinking about how wonderful the next year is going to be.

After a lonely and heartbreaking year, my heart desperately needs the fellowship with other believers, and I’m so thankful to God for answering my prayers.  If he had not called on new teachers to step up and fill my position as a 6th grade teacher, I wouldn’t be able to participate in this wonderful newlywed group.

So, uh, I really got off topic here for a minute.  Where was I? After our Sunday school class, my husband and I taught 2nd grade BLAST.  It’s usually really hard to teach back to back Sunday school classes, but being able to attend my own Sunday school class, made it so much better. I actually enjoyed being there.  We only have one more week left of teaching BLAST and then we will get an 8 week break until we start a new teaching rotation.

At one, our friends came over and I served sloppy joes and chips. It was a simple meal, but it didn’t take long to prepare. I don’t like spending a lot of time in the kitchen when guests are over.  After we ate we spent all day playing board games and had a blast.  My husband and his friend already know each other pretty well because they were in the police academy together and they are police officers on the same work shift.  But his girlfriend and I are still getting to know one another and playing board games was a great ice-breaker.

I’m so thankful to God for our new friends.  A few months ago, I was having a rough night and I felt incredibly lonely.  I prayed to God that he would give me a friend (we moved to a new town last year and it has been a struggle to make friends).  That very night my husband came home and said that his co-worker wanted to double date with us.  We had a lovely first dinner together and afterwards, I thought, we should invite them to church with us.  Before we could even get around to asking, they asked if we would be alright with them coming to church with us.  I was ecstatic.  God is so good!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend, and please come back and join me throughout the week for recipes, frugal decorating, homemaking, and more.

Blessings,

Amber

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15-17

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The World’s Best Therapist

In the last year I have suffered from the loss of three babies to miscarriage.  Although this has been the worst season of my life, I have grown closer to God during this time, because I have discovered the secret that I can talk to God about everything.  I don’t have to be afraid of God; Christ died so that I can have fellowship with our Heavenly Father, and He desires to have an open and honest relationship with me.

For the first six years of my life as a Christian, I only talked to God in my prayers before meals, and at bedtime.  I pretty much had the same prayer every night, because I didn’t really know what to say.

In my 7th year of being a Christian, I have discovered the life changing secret to having amazing fellowship with God.  Last year, while going through my miscarriages, my dad encouraged me to read certain stories in the bible that would be helpful.  During the first miscarriage, I read the book of Job.  During my second miscarriage I read the Psalms, and during my third miscarriage, I read about Jesus agonizing in the Garden before his death on the cross.

While reading through these stories in the bible, I discovered that the people who were suffering, didn’t hide the fact that they were angry, depressed, or in pain from God.  I discovered that they were confident in being honest with God.  I realized that God is merciful and filled with compassion – he is always ready to listen and help us.  In fact, he delights when we go to Him.

I heard this wonderful tip on the radio one day about a man who would put a chair in front of him and sit and talk with God.  When he was dying, he had the chair next to his hospital bed, and when they found him passed on, he had his arm stretched out across the chair.  He was talking with Jesus when he took his last breath.

I turned off the radio after hearing the story, pulled out a chair, sat on the floor, and wept and talked to God.  It was therapeutic and reviving to share everything with God.  I told him all of my problems, my anxieties, my feelings, my fears for the future, and my hopes for the future.  I laid all of my problems at the foot of the cross, and God listened.  God held me.  God understood.  God cared and God loved me.

Even when I’m having a good day, I love to pull out that chair, and sit and talk to God.  Sometimes I feel silly about the things I talk about, but I have to remember that God loves to listen.  He loves me – he really loves me!

For father’s day, I was feeling really nervous about going to my in-law’s house.  All I wanted to do on that day was stay home and not think about the fact that I couldn’t give my husband a child.  I was feeling angry about having to go and I was worried that I would feel horrible after going.  On the way there, I realized that I could tell God about my worries.

The dinner ended up being a wonderful night of fellowship with family and I actually enjoyed being there.  God was faithful in making this a wonderful night with family.

I was nervous before the woman’s fellowship event earlier this week.  I decided to pray before the event, and God was faithful in allowing me to have a beautiful evening with the women of my church.

Today was my nephew’s 2nd birthday party, and again, I was nervous and worried about going. Yet again, God was faithful in blessing the event.

Though we did have a really good time with our family, my heart started to ache when we were singing “happy birthday” to my nephew.  My sister-in-law was holding him and smiling, and it just hurt my heart to know that I’ll never be able to do that with baby Abiygale, Matthew, or Hope.

When I got home, I went to the bathroom, and cried to my Heavenly Father.  I told him how much it hurt my heart and how much I desire to be able to experience the beauty of holding my child in my arms, singing happy birthday.

I can’t know why any of this happened to me, but I can trust that God has been and will be with me through it all.  I can trust that God grieves with me.  I can trust that God cares for me, and I can trust that God loves me.  I can trust that if I just keep fighting the good fight, and keep in the fellowship with the Lord, someday, I will make it home.

I apologize for the lengthy post, but if you stuck with me, I hope that it will encourage you to talk with God.  You don’t have to be afraid of God.  He desires to be your friend – you can share things with him like you do with your husband or your girlfriends.  He wants to help you through your problems and he wants to share in the joy of your victories.

Blessings,

Amber

“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.  Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)

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