Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16 (ESV)
On this, the Lord's Day, I am thankful for my new church home. This has been a huge leap for me. I have been out of regular fellowship for nearly five years now. (Since moving out into the country and finding the drive back to Alief too far to make on a regular basis.) We have visited different churches but hadn't been able to find one that we felt at home in. Finally, I just made the leap and joined one in our community.
Don't get me wrong, the people are nice and I am beginning to feel at home here. It is just such a huge difference from attending in a place where you have history to attending where you know not a soul. (Well, technically I knew one soul...but it wasn't a personal 'knowing'...rather a child's friend's parent.)
Anyway, back to the thankfulness challenge. Today I was able to carry on 'familiar' conversation during the break between Sunday School and church service. That is the first step toward building relationships, right? I am so very thankful for the friendships that have began in other congregations and that carry on until today. I am looking forward to seeing how the Lord will work these people into my heart and life -- and me into theirs.
And so, on Day 3, I am thankful for Fellowship at Field Store...for the time of study and worship there today...and for the sweet moments of familiarity that I experienced today.
(NOTE: This is posting on Monday because my iPad blogger app just would not cooperate with me last night. The photo above is one of my favorites taken while Jim and I were back in Ashley County hunting a few weeks ago. We got caught up in a rainstorm that filled the forest with an eerie fog and made it shine at the same time.)