uncomfortable gratitude

“Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.” ~~ Psalm 118:19

I’m grateful for a quiet day.  I have a tendency to feel restless if I don’t have too much to do.  Sometimes I fill my day with too many things just to avoid that restless feeling.  Today, though, I’m grateful for a slow pace and quiet.

We visited a church today.  It is uncomfortable to be without a church home right now.  I shared with a few friends last night that I don’t like these circumstances. But as the scripture says to, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” I’m grateful. I live in a country with many freedoms, there are hundreds of churches within a short distance, and there is a place of service for me.  And I give thanks in this circumstance of being without a church home.

I’m grateful that God is in the midst of our search for a church home. I was reminded last night, “Instead of dashing headlong toward your goal (a new church home), let Me set the pace. Slow down, and enjoy the journey in My Presence.”  He said … “Enjoy visiting churches … you rarely get the opportunity to worship me in varied ways … and I’ll point out the “right” one in good time … don’t be in a hurry and don’t be anxious.”

Part of finding a new church is the fitting in, the melding as family, the intimacy that comes from worshiping together.  I can easily be a wall flower … takes me a while to warm up to others.  I’m grateful today for a heavenly father who loves me as I am … even introverted and bashful.

God is good.  I have so much to be thankful for.  Even the uncomfortable circumstances are evidence of his grace and provision in my life.

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