Sunday, February 06, 2011

Serious Sunday

BlackShear Place Baptist Church
WARNING: today I am feeling serious (I am just giving you a heads up, in case you aren't in the mood).

Why so glum?  Because we have been in our "new" town since last summer and still have not found a church home.  We have visited quite a few and always find something positive about each one (well, there was that one....but, I won't go there). Some have friendly faces, some have a beautiful sanctuary, some have wonderful music, some have a great history...but we haven't felt led to become part of any of them. 

It is a strange feeling because we have always been very involved in our church and it is truly an integral part of our family life.  I, we, miss that.  It is difficult finding the right fit that includes everyone in our family.  I have been surprised that we have found it so difficult to find a church home, as it seems there are an abundance of churches.  We have moved a lot, so we have done this a time or 10.  Why is it so hard this time?  Are we being too critical?  Are we looking for too much?  I just don't know. I am feeling discouraged.

We have started visiting again, through the churches we have already visited (well, except that one...but I won't go there).  Today, I am home with my youngest who is battling a cold that I don't feel the need to share with others, but my DH and oldest DS will be visiting a church that we previously visited.  We attended on a Sunday when the regular minister didn't speak so we feel the need to go back.  I do miss our GA church very much (can ya tell?).  It  is a vibrant, God loving church that has just the right blend of traditional worship and contemporary without sacrificing the Truth.  There was a place for all of us (from the youngest to the oldest) and we all felt plugged in. There was an abundance of ways to serve and be involved, whether you were a new Christian or a seasoned veteran.  It was home, and we need a new one!

13 comments:

Your Southern Peach said...

Good luck!! I know how much one can "miss" this part of life. We went a few years before finding a perfect fit for our family. I think finding a church is like falling in love...you'll know when it hits you.

Farmchick said...

It can be really difficult to find that perfect blend. But, don't give up!

Sues said...

Oh, I sooo understand! I am already nervous that we won't settle into a new church home quickly. Praying for a great fit!!!

Heather said...

Um, well, you know where I think you should go! ;)

Heather

mamamagnolia said...

I have lived in my husband's hometown for the last twelve years and I still don't feel completely at home with our church. I think a lot has changed about me and what I seek or need. Just know I think I understand your dilemna. I feel bad for not wanting to go sometimes, but I still don't understand where I fit in. I loved the Lord and have an active prayer life. Another local friend is going thru something very similar. Will keep you in my prayers.

Lori said...

Praying for you my sweet friend! I know it is hard and you are past ready to get plugged in and involved. Praying that your family finds your "home" soon! Love you!!!!

Preppy 101 said...

It's very difficult and becomes more difficult as the children get older because they are developing stronger personalities and opinions as to what they like or don't like also. I've only dealt with this twice. The first time we chose the church based on what was best for our children. We really wanted a church they loved because it was their formative years so to speak. The second time it was just I and that was a teeny bit easier for that reason. I love my church now. The time and prayer is so worth it. I hope this one is a perfect fit for all of you. XOXO

Mrs. Tuna said...

Change is always hard but you'll know when its right.

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ShannonPinNOLA said...

Hugs to you.

Shellie Tomlinson said...

I understand completely! I will be praying for y'all to get "plugged in" right where Father wants you. :)

Nikki said...

I'll be praying for you! I'm not sure we could ever move because I don't know how we could ever replace our fabulous church and small group.

CAS said...

I think you are wise to go back for second visits. I think with it being such an important part of your family's life, that you will find the right fit. Just try to be patient.
CAS