Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Strong Enough to Bend

This came from a post on Face Book under "Whispers of God:"

Thought for the Day: “God created the oak tree, which grows tall, straight, and strong. He also created the palm, which bends and sways in the changing winds. We need to learn to adopt the traits of both so we can be strong yet flexible – so we can weather the storms of life yet not break when life’s winds blow too hard.” Have an awesome day today everyone! –Elmer Laydon

This reminded me of a song sung by Tanya Tucker; "Strong Enough to Bend."

There's a tree
Out in the back yard;
That never has been broken by the wind.
And the reason it's still standing;
It was strong enough to bend.

That is exactly what we need to do. Stand strong, able to bend with the storms and allow the Lord to be in control. HE'S not going to let us snap. Not when we put our trust in HIM.

Be strong in HIM. Let HIM make you strong enough to bend.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Looking at Churches

Have you heard of "shopping for churches"? That is exactly what my husband done when he first accepted Christ. He wanted to check out churches before even stepping in one. At first I thought, that is just weird and wrong. But I am so thankful he done so. I was also a little miffed at first that he wouldn't check out the church that our son & I were attending at the time. But, God does know best. Not to mention, my husband is the leader of the home.

We are in a church where the Pastors talk of God, the Bible, and what direction we need to be going. They lead us by the Word and not by worldly ways. They even warn of following worldly ways. We are blessed to be in a church that isn't more concerned about numbers; meaning money and the amount of people attending. Okay, let's back up, they are concerned about the amount of people, but not as just numbers, but the amount of people being fed, being saved. Their goal is to draw in as many as possible to follow the Word of God, not to be the best, most popular church. Not to outdo other churches. Not to make a name for themselves.

What brought all this up? I came across an article from mega church Pastor Brady Boyd. He asked a good question. Are churches becoming more like "fast food restaurants?" If you are in one that feels more like a place that doesn't really care about the walk with Christ you are in; then perhaps it's time to shop around for a church that is what a church is suppose to be; which is another post coming. To read the article mentioned, here is the link. I found it quite interesting, and hope that you do as well.

Be blessed with joy, peace, love and prosperity.