Joining a church and the minutiae of changing a life

Sometimes I forget that I no longer live in Savannah, Georgia. I may always consider myself an East-Coast-er, but I reside, work, and commune in the Upper Midwest. And I have been since 2005. Time to trim the edges of my life, I suppose. Time to find a church.

It has been six years, after all, since I had a church home. I church-shopped for a bit then procrastinated (and slept in) for a long while; then I shopped a bit more. I started watching church on TV, online too, and that lazy choice of religious input actually led me to joining Living Word in Brooklyn Park.

Not wanting to be merely a church “taker,” I set upon finding a place to be active in my community. My new place of worship hosts about a bazillion people who visit the five services and countless prayer and small group meetings each week, so finding a niche has become a thing to ponder. This week, I attended the New Member classes each night, Monday through the Celebration last night, and learned greatly where I may be needed.

Fortunately, the private, K-12 school housed  at the church campus provides obvious and varied opportunities for volunteering. I thank Mr. Brian Sullivan for speaking with me for so long at the Celebration, helping me think through ideas of how I could serve the students at Maranatha.

Hopefully, I dress for work with more pride than Ralphie's bunny suit from Aunt Clara.

One unintended consequence of layering this religious component of life to my life lies with re-examining my time management. So many days do I get creative with clothes for work because I find myself at 9:30 at night not having done laundry yet… again.

Seriously, how many different blazer/t-shirt/jeans/cute-shoes combinations could there be? Add various pieces of jewelry, and I have tried to find the answer in my morning crunch. But I know God will work out the time piece for me.

Hebrews 11:6

New International Version (NIV)

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

The Bible app on my phone gave me this verse yesterday, so I am reminded that will not worry about a little thing like time.


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