I would like to keep Monday’s at 6:30, but will not know John’s new schedule until the 31st. I will let you know as soon as I can.
Here is an example of what we are looking for here. Read below and give us some stories to use to promote your groups for the winter semester.
I guess you could call me a “rainy day” Christian for the last several years…However, it wasn’t always this way. I grew up going to church 3 times a week, actually twice on Sundays, and my Senior Yearbook said I wanted to be a Medical Missionary…so where and when did this path change?
I got away from Church and God from college on thru my marriage and 2 children and many ups and downs for about 40 years. But always tugging at the back of my mind or in my heart, I knew there was something missing in my life. I wanted to be back in church; I needed something more.
Perhaps it was my childhood church going or perhaps I felt guilty after all the years of not going, that I decided to try different churches to see if I could find a fit for me. I finally found Shoal Creek, and I was drawn to the message of Roy Moran, the minister. But again, I only went on occasional Sundays, or I would gather up my husband and son and my sister and her husband and persuade them that we needed to go on Christmases and Easters. This was the pattern for about 6 years. Then
at the 2013 Christmas service, Roy suggested to the congregation that an important next step in a person’s spiritual journey would be to join a group. A seed was planted for me by that simple statement.
I found a day and time that would work for me, and I got started in January 2014. My sister came with me to the next meeting, and we have been going ever since. The leaders are inspirational, and the people in the group are uplifting, and we learn so much from each other. We speak from our hearts about our joys and our sorrows, and we learn so much by reading The Bible and applying it to our lives. I am blessed to be a part of this group.
The most difficult part for me in the group has been deciding upon an “I Will….” statement each week. About a month ago I made the statement that I would try and spend more alone, spiritual, quiet time communing with God each and every day. Now this may appear easy to do, but it proved very challenging in the beginning. First I was able to do this for only 10 minutes a day…not every day, as I missed a few, but now I am often doing 30 minutes every day and sometimes longer. I can’t tell you what a difference it has made in my Life!! For me it has been life changing!!!
In a nutshell, I am a more positive person! I literally feel what I think is the Holy Spirit talking to me, nudging me, helping me make decisions more clearly, guiding me away from the many worries that I usually spend time on each day, giving me a peace of mind that I have never had before, encouraging me to spend more and more time reading the Bible, and especially teaching me to trust God to be in charge of my life!
I took a “Leap of Faith” to join a group, and it has miraculously worked for me. I would encourage everyone to just try it…find a group that fits you and get started! My husband loves to play golf, and he is very good at it, but he spends hours a day practicing so he can get even better! This is true of everything we choose to do. We have to put in time and effort to get better. I have chosen to spend quiet time every day reading the Bible, experiencing the wisdom Jesus brought to us, and getting closer to God and the Holy Spirit. The more time I put in, the more I thirst for it. Every day is a blessing, and I can’t wait to start my day communing with God!
Note: One of our group leaders recommended a devotional book she likes – Jesus Calling . I read it every day as part of my alone time. It is amazing, and I feel Jesus is talking directly to me!!