Well, after that little teaser on Saturday, I figured I'd better get back here with some details.
I'm just gonna skip vacation for now...because really, it was wonderfully, blessedly uneventful. Not much to tell...I had a glorious week with my family, without schedules, without constant running around. There was still cooking, laundry and sibling squabbling...but when those things are tempered by sand and sea breezes...and boardwalk fries...well, they seem much more bearable. I do have some amazing photos that my talented daughter took, but I'll share them another time.
Today I want to tell you about our new church building. Now, I realize I haven't really talked about church since I shared with you our vision for our 'church pub'. Well, not that we would have used it as a pub...it was formerly a pub...but we had (and still have) plans for transformation. But alas, the current owner of the property has not been cooperative in any way...not with us, not even their own realtor!!...so after lots of prayer, questioning, and discussion, we felt that we needed to really be open handed (and hearted) and allow God to lead us anywhere he wanted...even in a direction we wouldn't have thought. And so we, once again, surrendered to whatever HIS plans were...and we waited. Within a few months it seemed he was opening a new door...and within a few weeks after that...we have a church home!!
(Additional note on the pub...we still hope that God has that place as part of his plan for us, and that maybe it's just not our NEXT step...but maybe a step for the future. We would love to bring blessing to that community, and look forward to seeing it happen down the road a bit.)
In the meantime, God has opened the doors for us to rent an adorable little church...NO renovations necessary!! Granted, it's the last place we thought we'd be. We are a very non-traditional, non-churchy type church. We just feel it's who God has called us to be. The building we are going to occupy is old...like, 1800's kind of old, with pews and stained glass windows. Nothing wrong with that, but at first glance we wouldn't have thought it was 'us'. However, we are beginning to think of the rich history that building has, first used by a Methodist Church, and most recently a Baptist congregation.
We look at the beauty and symbolism of the lovely stained glass windows and think, really, how easily we can incorporate the traditionally sacred with the contemporary.
We have plenty of space for our little, energy-filled blessings, as well as a space to set up the prayer rooms and cafe area that we have always envisioned.
The journey has felt oh-so-long sometimes, and it continues. It always continues. And that's the very thing to remember...we never 'arrive'. Our entire life is filled with times of blessing, times of hardship and times of growth. And I truly believe that it's some of the harder times that make the times of blessing so very sweet. And so I'm very, very thankful to be enjoying a time of refreshment as we experience God's blessing.
In future posts I hope to share with you how we take this little space and make it into 'our own'. We have lots of creative ideas swirling about....can't wait to see them materialize so I can share them with you!!!