Sunday, April 24, 2016

Let's Catch Up

Hello! I hope that everyone is enjoying Spring. The weather is warming up and the outside is calling my name. I can hardly wait to start working in the garden and planting flowers. Still a little early here since our frost day is mid May.

Things have been hopping around here. I hosted a bridal shower for my niece, Alison. It was wonderful! Once I get all of the pictures sorted out I will share.
Megan ended up spending a couple of days home from school. She was having sinus issues and ended up with terrible headaches. Thankfully the worse of it was only a couple of days. She spend most of her time resting on the couch with an ice pack and cool wash cloth. We made the most of our time when her headache was mild. She was quite spoiled by her afternoon tea and toast!
 I can't begin to tell you how many episodes we watched of this.
In the mist of the crazy we have made a really hard decision. We are leaving our church. :(
 It has been a long time coming. We tried some other churches a couple of years ago, but didn't leave. Our church was in a transition period then with the pastor leaving and we had hope for change. We stuck it out and the new pastor has been there for a year now. There have been changes, but not in the way we had hoped. We have watched family after family leave. We have watched the budget shortfall continue to grow. We have watched some of the leaders of the church lead, do and say things that we don't think are Christ like.

Church should be a place of unity, love and refuge. Of course, you will feel convicted and squirm a little in your seat from time to time. We haven't been leaving feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead. Instead we leave discouraged by the things happening around us and quite frankly it has been a struggle for me to get up and go.

We have a commitment to teach Sunday School through the first Sunday of June. We have already asked not to be put on the new teaching schedule and will let the appropriate people know we are leaving that last Sunday. (I know that might seem rude, but if you knew the circumstances of what was said when a family recently left you would understand why we are not giving proper notice until we are ready to walk out the door.)

I am not sure if peace is the correct word to use when describing how we feel about leaving. We did not make this decision lightly. We feel that we did all that we could according to Matthew 18:15-16. We had a meeting with our pastor to express our concerns and to get a clear understanding of were the church is headed. We also spoke a couple of elders. We are sad and heartbroken that it has come to this, but we know it is the right thing for us.

We have no idea where we are going once we leave this church. We are praying for direction as we search for a new church home.

My guy has been working tons.
 He is on mandatory overtime through the first week of May. He has been logging many hours. This week he clocked out with 70 hours!

In the middle of long work hours and hard decisions life has happened. There is a new baby on our street and a meal was delivered.
Thursday night we attended Megan's spring choir concert and Friday we volunteered at the school carnival.
Only 4 1/2 weeks of school left! They will be full weeks as there is a science fair, camp to attend, testing week and field day. Not that I want to wish my life away, but I am ready for summer break. 

I have been grabbing slow anywhere I can. Megan has been bringing me fists full of love.
Before we retire each evening Chuck and I have been sitting on the back porch. Sometimes we talk, sometimes we pray and other times we hold hands and soak in the joy of the ending day. Some seasons of life are hard, some seasons of life are busy, but through it all life is good!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

5 comments:

  1. We have been there! Seeking, praying, and searching for "the" church that God wanted us to attend. We have found it! We have been here going on 6 years, and we still love it. Wendi keep the faith ~ the Lord will lead you where He wants you. Get Well Megan! Enjoy this warm weather.

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  2. I understand the way you feel about finding a church. We left ours a while back. I hope that you are able to find a connection soon.

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  3. (((((HUGS)))) We have been through the same thing having to leave not just one but several churches due to some of the same reasons you shared. We do not currently have a church where we feel totally comfortable yet. My husband's work schedule makes for Sunday to be the only day where we have the entire day together (and him home) for us to tackle big projects or to go out of town for the day. Our faith is still strong though and we hope to find a church soon that will be a good fit for us.

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  4. So glad to see you back, Wendi! Just wanted to say Been there done that a time or two! It's hard, but God will fit you in the perfect place you and your family needs to be.

    So glad Megan is doing better, those darn migraine headaches are no fun at all.

    Summer is fast approaching isn't it? I'm looking forward to some steady warmth in the days. We have gone from 80's one day to 50's the next. It's rather shocking to the body!

    We got our greenhouse planted last weekend and it's still a bit early to plant anything outside. A few more weeks and then we will be in planting mode!

    Enjoy your few weeks of busy and take time to rest and reflect when you can. It's so nice to hear that you and Chuck spend time outside when you can. My hubby and I have started to run each night together, to build up our endurance! So far, so good! :)

    Sending hugs,
    Amy

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  5. HUGS HUGS HUGS HUGS HUGS!
    God bless you with the strength, endurance, perseverance, peace, joy, hope, health and finances you need as well as the right church home for you!



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