This past weekend we headed to northeast Arkansas. We've been there twice in the last couple of months and we enjoy getting to see Abby, Randall and Henry. I think now Henry realizes he isn't going anywhere with me and is beginning to like me. Finally!! Poor thing doesn't know that in a couple of months he gets to stay with me for a week. After that he'll dislike me again. But that's ok, a week with Henry will be worth it.
We made the trip so that Stephen could preach at First Baptist Church in Leachville and share the vision of Delta Baptist Church. FBC Leachville is going to be one of our supporters and we couldn't be happier! Leachville was our first church to serve in, ( I use the term us lightly. He got paid, I just spent it) We have great memories of our years there. Our first married friends are there, we brought three of our children home there, and Stephen and I figured out how to be married there. Oh, the memories.
Not all of the memories are good. Some are bad. We hurt some feelings, and our feelings were hurt also. But when I walked in the church Sunday and saw the people that had meant so much to our family for so many years my heart was full. Full.
I've written a couple of times about how I feel about going to my home church in Ft. Smith. Oh, how I love to see the faces of all the people that were so important to my spiritual development. Looking in the faces and hugging the necks of the people in Leachville that loved Stephen and I through our humble beginnings of married life, married friends, church ministry and adulthood, well I just don't know what to say. My heart is full again just thinking about them.
I pray that each of you reading this have had a church where you have been shown Christ's love or you are in one now. If you aren't, please find a Bible believing, Bible preaching, loving, missional church in your area. You will be so very glad you did. If you need help finding one please let me know and I will do my best to help you find one in your area. Either leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.