At the top of the year I made a promise to God not to miss Sunday Service or Bible Study. My thought process was this: 365 days in a year, 104 Sundays and Thursdays < less than 30 percent. Even more astonishing, there are 8,765 hours in a year, which means two percent of time goes to actually being in service.
So far I’ve been faithful but a couple weeks ago I just did not feel like going to Bible Study. My sinuses were messing up, I was getting a cold and honestly just not in the mood. I felt like I needed to seek God alone instead of with a group. Yet, somehow I found myself outside of my church vowing to sneak out early, which begins ‘My Church Experience.’
Situation: The church was singing, “Mighty is Our God”
Realization: All day I was “hating” because it seemed everyone was doing what I want to do. I became so stuck in the “Oh MY God,” that I neglected to realize He is OUR God and made promises on everyone’s life.
Revelation: Instead of getting upset I have to thank Him. It may be cliché but He’s the same God that did it for them so I know He’ll do it for me as well. As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 18:30 NIV)
Situation: I heard the guy seated behind me singing along with the praise team
Realization: I noticed neither of us could sing. The same could be said for the majority of the congregation, but collectively, somehow, we all sound pitch perfect.
Revelation: When we all come together with one plan, anything is possible. The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. (Genesis 11:6 NIV)
Situation: I am salty because I feel I’m not progressing professionally how I intended. The guest speaker at my church acknowledged my pastor stating, “Your Pastor and Lady Hannah were faithful to God WAAAY before New Life.”
Realization: Who am I not to have endurance! God already trusts me with more than He probably should because I’m still working out some issues yet I want more, more, more.
Revelation: I must be faithful WAAAY before I hit my platform. I can’t wait for the door to open to realize God is in ALL things, big and small. Testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:3-4 NIV)
Situation: Remember, I didn’t want to go to bible study because I wasn’t feeling well? An older gentleman sat next to me and after coughing a few times offered me a Hall. *Note* I hate Halls! *End Note* But I’m polite so I took one. 10 minutes later I began coughing again so he offered another one. Since I secretly hate Halls I told him no thank you hoping to get out of it. He then informed me it’s no problem because he had another pack. -__-
Realization: My spirit spoke, “Your problem is you are never satisfied, you were sick I gave you something that could help. You are always looking for what you want and not what I have for you”
Revelation: I was sitting next to a man in overflow yet I was more worried about what I didn’t like instead of taking the help. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Luke 13:34 NIV)
I left church feeling abnormally great and not early! I told God, “YES! Mighty are You God,” the entire way home.
I thank You. You are so wonderful and magnificent and on time with revealing life to me. I thank You for peace and contentment. I thank You for the time to develop and Your patience. I thank You for our relationship and for loving me. You are perfect in every way and I just thank You for loving me, an imperfect being. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to find contentment in your situation. Believe me, I understand how tough that can be as my name should be Dené ‘Always Seeking More’ ‘Never Satisfied’ Brown. I know where I am isn’t where I am going so at times I get anxious for the next but my church experience revealed I’m where I should be. Embrace your season because every new season good or bad is just giving you a new reason to give glory to God!
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Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené’s worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)