06.23.13 Let us go into the house of the Lord

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

Today we were blessed to be able to attend church after a few weeks of missing.  We have not been able to find a Southern Baptist church up here.  However, there is a small  kabetogamaunitedmethodistchurchMethodist church near the resort that we attended a while back and today we were able to return to worship there.  Our Saturday work has literally drained everything in me to where I couldn’t get out of bed on Sunday mornings. After asking for Sunday morning offs to be able to attend church, it’s been frustrating to be physically unable to do so.  I now understand Psalm 122:1 very well after being separated from hearing the Word of God taught.  Pastor Roger is preaching a series of sermons on the Lord’s Prayer.  This morning’s sermon was about the part that says “Thy Kingdom come” and I realized as he preached how much I missed being taught from the Word of God.  I’ve listened to Bro. Randy’s (our pastor at Trinity in Hammond) sermons on line but there is something about being in the house of the Lord with other like minded believers that makes it more meaningful. Yesterday I decided that as tired and drained as my body may be, my soul and spirit needed to be in the house of the Lord today no matter what.  Roy wholeheartedly agreed. Some people may not understand my deep need for Christian fellowship and teaching but it’s the way God made me and I’m very thankful for that.

The bumper sticker on my mama’s car got a lot of comments over the years.  I just found it in graphic form and thought it so perfect for today’s post I have to include it.

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Our hometown Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival – I just thought about most all Louisiana festivals are about food!

During the announcement time, Marnie, Pastor Roger’s wife talked about their three day Vacation Bible School in late July.  Since I’ve loved working with children at church I got very interested.  They have a need for someone to work with crafts so I talked to her and Marcia, who is working with crafts, about their plans. One of the men, Eddie, is making wooden string puppets for the kids to decorate.  They sound really cool and I am looking forward to seeing them, being involved in their VBS and seeing where God leads us with our involvement in this church. We’ve heard about minnow races up here and they’re actually having one at VBS, can’t wait to see that!

Next weekend is a local event called the Lady Slipper Festival. The church is sponsoring a Gospel Concert nearby here late

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Lady Slippers are a wildflower in this area

Sunday afternoon and a blueberry pancake breakfast Sunday morning as part of this event.  We’re looking forward to seeing a Minnesota festival.  Pretty sure it will be totally different from a Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival!

We’re heading up to the Lodge in a bit to enjoy the free Ice Cream Sundaes they offer the guests every Sunday evening.  Roy grilled chicken and fresh vegetables for lunch and we’ve watched two chick flicks which gave us plenty of rest time. Starting the day in the house of the Lord, eating well, resting, enjoying the movies and now ice cream sundaes will top off a perfect Sunday.

We start our first all day work day tomorrow so it will be an early bedtime tonight!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

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2 thoughts on “06.23.13 Let us go into the house of the Lord

  1. I understand what you mean. Sometimes, I just don’t want to drag my sorry, achy self out of bed to go to church, but I long for it at the same time. When I do go, I’m always glad that I did. In our church, we have weekday services as well. They are so different from the Sunday services in that there are fewer people and generally no/little music. There is a peace and reverence there that I don’t find on Sunday. On the other hand, Sunday is great because I love to sing hymns to God in worship – just two totally different experiences.

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  2. As a child we always receive our greatest comfort and security being at home with the family. If we felt loved at home, surely that is where we would want to be. So, it stands to reason that if we are a child of God we would want to be in His house, that is our house. Some people do not know what they are missing by avoiding God’s house. It has to leave their heart yearning for something and they do not realize what it is. But, if only they would open their heart and let God be in them, then He could be in them, and they would find a fulfillment that they never imaged could happen.
    What joy there is in having God so close . . . it is a shame so many share this missed opportunity.

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