Initially I was including all this in my other post, but then it just got a little lengthy so I thought, “better break it up…”
Finding a church home can be somewhat of a challenge. There are so many things that play into whether or not a specific Body of Christ feels like family. It was particularly difficult for me, coming from a church that actually was family.
We had been attending a church during a season of “settling” when we first moved to GA. We needed to make choices, that we had not made before, completely on our own as a family and I really believe for the first year and a half God was teaching us how to do that. Jason and I were learning to depend more on him and each other, in a new way. After I had Caleb and a few trips visiting Florida (back home) I started to realize that though this church we were attending was a great place of worship and a truly genuine body of Christ, we were missing something. That something was intimate friendship within the church. It was not enough to go and have good worship on Sunday morning. We needed to connect with people. We did try to connect through bible study and serving but something was not clicking. The lack of connection and accountability was stunting our growth in Christ. Not a good place to be.
We are now members of a new body of Christ. And as God would have it we even have some family here. Another thing that has confirmed this decision to move on, Jason has been so enthusiastic about this church. Being that Jason is the head of our family, the spiritual leader, it’s absolutely vital that HE feels connected to the body of Christ. He’s excited about the mission of the church, he’s talkative after worship (like about the worship, not just lunch, lol!) and he wants to be plugged in and connected with the fellow members of the body here. We are at a place of unison right now in regards to who we, as a family, want to be in Christ. That’s not to say we are perfect, have a perfect marriage and agree on everything! But it sure is beautiful and clearly God’s will for us as a married couple to be united spiritually.
On the heals of our coming to Westridge something very tragic happened to a staff member, the lead music pastor. He was killed while out cycling and left behind his beautiful family, a wife and 3 young children. This shook the congregation, myself and Jason included. We didn’t even know him personally but we worshiped with him and our hearts still ache for his family and the church family, our family in Christ. It woke us up though. He was young and healthy and more importantly it was obvious he was in love with Jesus! It made us remember that we can be taken from here at any moment and life is too short to waste on meaningless things that hold no eternal value. As I have heard so many say of Andrew Pray “He made it count. He finished well.” He didn’t even know he was nearing a finish but he was obviously living in such a way that was prepared to finish well whenever that time came.
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him……. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:17, 19, 20 ESV)
I believe God used these events to light our fire again, awakening us. It has stirred up our desire to pursue adoption and/or foster care. It is enabling Jason and I to grow together in Christ which affects every area of our life. I feel as if our hearts are in sync and aligning with what we believe Gods will is. I’m witnessing my husband lead more and make decisions based on convictions. I’m finding myself being more submissive to Jason’s leadership, which only encourages him to lead better. We aren’t perfect, but I am seeing our priorities shifting. Imperfectly in the works, but praying we’re looking more like this.
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” (Matthew 22:37 The Message)
Seems like a perfect time to introduce something. It’s been in the making for a while. We are no longer The Georgia Grahams. Now you can be looking for us as: Because he was full of grace and truth, from him we all received one gift after another. (John 1:16 NCV)