Hubby and I recently made several changes in our lives. He graduated from his master’s program of 3 years and accepted a job out of state while I quit my job as a nurse to stay at home with Little Man after the big move. We moved out of Texas where both of us had lived for our entire lives thus far, farther away from both of our families than we’ve ever lived before, and we moved from the suburbs less than 15 minutes away from a metroplex containing just about any place and any thing we could ever want or need to a small, rural town 90 miles from Oklahoma City. Talk about changes.
I might still be in shock, but aside from being so far from family, I’m actually quite enjoying myself! We’ve made some great new friends, and much to my surprise, found a church that we ADORE. We tried out several churches (something I absolutely HATE doing) before we settled on our current place of worship. I wasn’t expecting so many options! For a town with a population of less than 10,000 people, we were pleasantly surprised to find multiple churches that fit our faith. We visited 3 before we found our LifeChurch, but we knew it was the place we were supposed to be as soon as we stepped foot in the door. First impressions: Everyone was so friendly! They had childcare for Little Man complete with an impressive check-in station for their LifeKids program that would put any “megachurch” in the city to shame, and they had free coffee, donuts, tea, and snacks! Ok, so hubby was the most impressed by their coffee haha, but I’ll admit that it really ropes you in! The worship service was phenomenal. The live band was so…believable. You could tell that they weren’t up there to perform. They were there to worship. Just like us. And the message from Pastor Craig was very thought provoking. Hubby and I both left completely at peace that we had found THE church for our family.
Now, there are a few things you should know about LifeChurches:
1. There are LifeChurches in cities all over the United States as well as an online church that reaches people all over the world!
3. Expect a casual atmosphere. This is probably my favorite thing about our LifeChurch. I believe very strongly in “Relational Evangelism.” Basically, that believers should build loving relationships with people in order to share their faith. Relationships with ALL KINDS of people. And LifeChurches do such a GREAT job of this! Wear your jeans and a sweatshirt if you like. Wear your dirt covered cowboy boots if you just came from feeding the cows. Wear your Sunday best if that’s how you feel comfortable. You can just be YOU at church, and not a single other person there will blink an eye. This is how relational evangelism starts, and this is why LifeChurches are reaching SO many people! I’m so proud to call them my church family!
Just as a side note, I also love LifeChurch’s YouVersion bible app and the YouVersion Bible App for Kids! If you’re an app junkie like me, or if you just want access to the full bible on your phone, you NEED these. Best part: They’re absolutely free!
Another great feature of LifeChurches that also supports my love of their relational evangelism is their use of LifeGroups. LifeGroups are smaller groups of people within the church who meet on a regular basis to help believers grow, laugh and serve together. Our LifeGroup is absolutely amazing. It is made up of young, married couples within our church. Some have kids like us, while others aren’t even thinking about kids yet haha I simply cannot express how much I have enjoyed getting to know the other 5 couples in our group! We meet each Monday, and I look forward to that time each week. God REALLY knew what he was doing when he sent us here…but then again, he always knows what he’s doing, right? 😀
Each time we meet, our LifeGroup has dinner of some sort, then we sit around and chit chat about life for too long before we start a study of some kind that will reinforce our marriages and/or our faith. The first series we went through together was a free message series that Pastor Craig teaches about building strong marriages. It is called From This Day Forward, and I would like to share the messages with you! I think these videos are fantastic, and I truly believe that this advice can help build strong, healthy marriages, as well as help crumbling marriages pull themselves together.
So, without further adieu, From This Day Forward, Part 1: Seek God
Things to Think About
Well, what do you think? Do you and your spouse pray together on a regular basis? If not, start today! It can be as simple as praying over a meal together. It may be a little awkward at first, but if you pray together (out loud and often) you’ll soon find that it comes naturally!
You can go HERE to download a participant guide for this series!
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