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Monday, September 10, 2012

TO GET THE BLESSING ... sometimes you need to -

Well for the first time in 2 years, I got to be in church w/ out the kids and could really concentrate (hee hee ... THANKS TO CHAD, ALLIE, KATIE, AND MORE for hosting children's church this past Sunday) ... being a part of the LONGHOLLOW church family is amazing AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE BLESSINGS FLOW ..

so this is what I learned this Sunday (from my sweet hubby)

Sometimes to get the blessings GOD has for us we need ---

1) to be alone w/ God (how cool is that - read my prior post) ... He wants to be what you crave, who you run too, and who you see w/ out all the distractions ... and don't forget that even GOOD THINGS can be a distraction from God (I am working on being more MARY and less Martha)

2) to be hungry for God ... sometimes we get content in the world and w/ life ... we aren't desiring to be empty for him ... we have our fist closed instead of open ... we are just going about our daily life as if there aren't people who need Jesus, people who need food, kids who need families, elderly who need love ... we just don't open our eyes enough to get HUNGRY for his touch and direction ...

3) to be broken by God ... we need to hit the bottom, we need to lose something we THINK is important, we need our attention re-focused so that we can SEE again what God has for us and where he wants us to go ...

4) and finally we need to be HONEST w/ God ... so funny how he knows everything, but yet we won't admit it to him ... we hold on to past failures, past hurts, and listen to the devils lies ... we need to admit all that is holding us back from LIVING A JOYFUL life for the LORD ... we need forgiveness and to let go of our past ... so hard, but oh it is freeing to LET GO and accept that God can use you for his glory and to teach others about Jesus ...

I just sat there and soaked it all in .. I can remember the times I have been broken and then watched the BLESSINGS JUST RAIN DOWN ... I want my hands to stay open for him and I want to be available for his plan for my life and never miss a blessing !!! I spent to much of my earlier life just pretending to do church and live a christian life ... It was easy and boring and predictable ... I WANT EXCITEMENT, JOY, EXHAUSTION, TEARS, BLESSINGS, AND FULL HEART !!!

I am not trying to go through this life HAVING IT ALL TOGETHER, but WRUNG OUT TIRED AND EMPTY OF SELF AND FULL OF CHRIST !!!

loving my new LONGHOLLOW tee shirt that says ... HERE TO SERVE "the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as ransom for many" Mark 10:45

IF YOU ARE EVER IN THE AREA please join us ... Hillcrest, a Ministry of Longhollow Church (1601 Martin Street, Nashville) ... breakfast is at 9 am, SS 9:45 and church is 10:30 )



3 kind words.:

Jewels of My Heart said...

Hey friend... I just posted a comment to you, but I was signed in under my friend's blogger (David and Aida Anderson) I designed their blog for them and forgot to sign out and sign in as ME.... so please read my comment then delete it. lol
Love you friend,
Daleea

Erika Kolecki said...

Gwen, will your hubby continue to preach each week under the LH umbrella or will they video in David like they do at the other sattelite campuses? Saw you Sunday night and was going to come say Hi but the flow of people pushed me the other way and I couldn't find you again. I was glad to see some Hillcrest ladies at Truth or Dare! Hope to meet you soon!

insimplicity said...

Congratulations on your church! Awesome news! I can only imagine how raw and real church will be there. Serving... a characteristic that needs revival!