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Monday, October 13, 2008

Put a little love in your heart

I finally found a home. A church home that is. Sunday morning I became a member of 1st Baptist Church of North Mobile. I've been looking for a new church for 2yrs now, since I left Michigan and I am so so happy to say I've finally found the one for me.

Moving is hard, you change friends, jobs, houses. But the most difficult change for me is finding a new church. My faith is very important to me, and over the years I've discovered that I really need the community, communion and companionship of other believers you get in a good church home. I look forward to hearing the Word, and singing praises to God. It lifts me, and gets me through the week.

Joining the church is a big step for me. It's not just saying ok, I dig the singing here and the pastor is pretty cool, so this is where I'll visit on Sunday's. For me it's a decision to open myself to letting people in, and letting myself out. It's a decision to learn again how to open my heart to relationships, and to love, in spite of the fear of being hurt, or let down, or disappointed.

I know it's one of the most preached verses in the Bible, the 'Love Chapter', but 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 has always been one of the most influential books in the Bible for me. Most especially the following-

1 Corinthians 13
7. It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8. Love never fails...

Love isn't something I've had a lot of positive experience with in my life, but the idea, the hope, the faith that love, true love, all encompassing, agape love exists is something I've always held close to my heart.

I've been told I'm naive, that I'm holding on to a dream that only exists in story book fairy tales, but that's ok. I'd honestly rather hold on to the dream than settle for less and live disillusioned. My happy ever after is out there. I believe that. I can't not.

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52 Faces said...

Really glad to hear this! Bless!