When the fam moved to Kansas, Daddy, Buddy (my older brother), and I went rambling in our new biome every chance we got. We seemed to frequently mourn the lack of trees.
Eventually, we learned that fickle water supplies made all the difference between surviving and thriving.
Survival is good, but I am learning to claim that God has called and prepared us for so much more. He wants us to thrive, to flourish. One of the ways to help us flourish is to enter his courts, to gather with other believers.
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
Psalm 92:12-13 NIV
Tom and I have struggled to find a church home, the Lord's court, that we could call our own, for nearly twenty years. What?!
But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.
1 John 1:7 TLB
This may sound weird, but Dear Readers, sometimes it seems like spending time with you is "going" to church for me. No pressure, Dear Reader.
God continually blesses our sacred time of prayer and study. He has also introduced me to amazing Sisters in Christ, assuaging my spiritual loneliness. Women who help me to flourish in His virtual courts. Women like you!
This is what I want you to know: the watering I receive from your blogs and comments have helped me to flourish during our sabbatical, and will help me to flourish more in our new church home.