Thanks, Michelle. I so much enjoy learning of the ways by which God's people are brought more fully into His life. And may I suggest, that there's still much more on His agenda for us!
Yes, I did the seminary thing and more, taking sabbaticals from my vocation, in order to be equipped "to serve the church better". But there were all those nagging questions -- where is the fruitfulness? what about the operation of the spiritual gifts within His people? is there anything that we do that actually needs God in order to keep going? how can such fine people be so powerless spiritually?
If there are any points on which I'd offer encouragement, Michelle, it would be twofold: 1) make your life about knowing God Himself as fully as He can be known, and 2) learn to discern what He is doing in the people within your orbit, and be a nurturing part of that rather than be thinking about how to get them into a specific configuration. On that last part, we have been "forced" to learn to be more flexible/ adjustable than was part of our natural dispositions.
A helpful book that I believe opens the spiritual imagination into discerning God's voice and leading as we move among people is Felicity Dale's An Army of Ordinary People. I believe that there is a slightly expanded recent version, but Amazon could clarify that for you if you're interested.
Blessings. Will be glad to hear of what is developing in your lives in the days ahead.
I have a friend who lives in the Garland area. If you are looking for Christian fellowship she may be willing to help you get connected with other believers in your area. Something may grow from there. The closest house church I know about was meeting just north of Spokane. They were meeting every Wednesday and Sunday in the clubhouse at Wild Rose RV Park behind the Exxon station on hwy 395 just past Half Moon Road. They met Wednesday at 6:30 and Sunday at 4:00. For current information contact Scott and Sally Minnis firstname.lastname@example.org . I fellowship with a small group of believers in the Spokane Valley. It's called Households of Prayer and we meet Sunday morning at 10:00. It's not a house church format but more like traditional church. You're welcome to meet with us. If I can help you in anyway please call me at 927-7989 or e-mail email@example.com Please don't get discouraged. Sometimes great victory is preceded by a battle.
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