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The Peace of God

On A Day In The Knowledge from Above

So yesterday I only had one post I was thinking about but forgot to ever post it because I had a lot to do. Today, though, a second post was put into my life because I let God in.

Yesterday was a normal day; I woke up (thanks to the Lord), ate, and went to church, among other things. The most important was going to church. When I've been feeling down, going to church always lifted my spirit. Always. Especially singing. I love singing and singing worship hymns has been something that lifts me up everytime. Yesterday, when we sang the first hymn, though, I didn't sing. I just paid attention to the words. However, yesterday was more special than it had ever been. We had a missionary come to our church and speak about being a missionary in Africa. This truly touched me for various reasons. I want to talk about this but it would have to be a separate post, otherwise it would be about ten paragraphs long. Anyway, at church, I felt like God was speaking directly to me, like when you've been confused or haven't behaved well and you get a lecture from your parents or someone else, getting that direct look to your eyes, and that firm yet sharp voice. Except that this was no sharp voice. It was a calm yet firm voice that told me, "Here's where your confusion has been. Here's a solution. Listen closely." It was astounding. I really wish I could write all the details, but again, it would turn out to be an essay. Anyway, when I listened to God, it was like I didn't have pain. Then was when I truly understood, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelations 21:4). God was all that mattered to me. And now I understand why in Heaven there will be no more pain; because He will be there (The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve him. They shall see his face" -Revelations 22:3-4) and He surpasses all things, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" -Philippians 4:7.

There is so much more I want to say that has been said in between these lines. I will try to post it later, if I don't forget :)

God Has a Way

On Krissy's Adventures

Something I have started to realize since I've began going back to church again is that God has a way. A little while ago I didn't care nothing about being at a church. I saw everyone as hypocrites. My thoughts were also if you were going to tell me who I can and can't be friends with and who I can and can't date, then I have no preference to go to church.

Well on May 4th, before mother's day I visited a wonderful church with a close friend of mine. God had a plan that day. I had been wanting to find a church that approached a certain issue. The issue was unconditional Love. One of the things that was talked about was not point out people's sins. I couldn't tell you everything about that lecture now. But I will tell you the issue that had been on my mind was no longer on my mind. The sermon was not as great as I would have liked it to be. But for once I had heard a sermon I'd been craving to hear. Something I needed to hear.

One of the things that I found to be important is that it wasn't about pointing out everyone else's sins.

This was the first time I attended church since I almost walked out of the church I had been going to since I was seven. The reason I had almost walked out had a lot to do with I sat through the WORST sermon I think I've ever heard in my life. The preacher had so much anger in his eyes when he looked at me. The preachers eyes hardly ever left my eyes or the persons I was with. The sermon went from one of those "typical sermons you have around the holidays" to being about you should not date someone of a different faith. It started pointing out all the flaws in dating someone of a different faith. But we didn't bring Buddhism, Hinduism, Jewism, or any of that into the lecture. Instead we focused on what the person who was there with me was. The sermon outraged me. The sermon outraged the individual who was with me as well. I almost did leave. The only thing was I knew if I left, he was following me, and I didn't know if the preacher would have more hatred in his eyes, if he would call out something that would start a reaction from either of us or what would happen. So we sat. And we sat. We sat through what was the longest sermon I've ever sat through, with him pointing out all the flaws in dating someone who was Pagan or Wiccan. We sat through hearing how we really shouldn't even be friends. As a Christian I should show grace and love but keep myself separated from the individual. Worst sermon I've sat through.

We left church that day. Snuck out the back. Knowing that the pastor had either been watching my Facebook or saw someone commented on it or someone in the church said something. Cuz otherwise you really wouldn't have known. The guy I was with had nothing on him that said what faith he was. The pastor just picked up on it somewhere because I hadn't advertised it either. Just had what was on my facebook and that was that. I smoked my first puff off a cigarette that day. I was that UPSET about it.

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