Sunday, August 29, 2010

It’s good to be back!

It’s good to be back! While l enjoyed my sabbatical, I missed our church family. There really is no place like home! I’m sure that throughout the weeks to come I will be sharing a variety of insights gained during my sabbatical. Today let me share with you one of the joys I experienced during my time away. It was one of those surprise blessings I hadn’t counted on.

For the first time we were able to travel and attend church together as a family. I didn’t have to be early and help get things ready. I didn’t have to run the service or preach. I didn’t have to look after a bunch of details. I didn’t have to stay late. We could come, enjoy, and leave church together and I have to admit I really enjoyed that time together. Maybe you get to do it all the time? If so, realize you are blessed and make sure you make the time special.

Here are some ideas that I believe will help make the church experience special for the family.
  • Prepare yourself and your family to experience the presence of God. Take time to focus on Him in the morning as you get ready and ride to church. Remember it’s the Lord’s day, make that time sacred in your life.
  • Be on time to church. Leave home early if you have to. You don’t want to miss out on a moment. It takes time to get your kids to the right class, to talk with a friend or meet someone new, to grab that cup of coffee, or just to meditate and prepare your heart before the service begins.
  • Enjoy your time at church. Get filled up. Don’t miss out on what God wants to do in your life. You need this time!
I will share some more thoughts like these in next week’s Bible Blog.