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Following His Lead
by Allison Maloney
“I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.”
Sometimes when the Lord speaks, it may seem more obvious than other times, or so I’m told by Christians who have been walking with the Lord a lot longer than me. Growing up in the church, I have heard many stories about God speaking into people’s lives so clearly with a specific verse, song, circumstance, etc.
I’d wondered why I had never heard the Lord so clearly. When looking in His Word, when does He speak with such directness? People trying to take control seems to be a key theme when looking at some of the Old Testament stories. God spoke boldly to characters like Jonah, Moses, and Sarah when they were making decisions to lead them down a path that God had not planned for them. It took a whale, a burning bush, and a seemingly impossible birth to make His will clear to them. Not exactly the most pleasant of events right?
This leads me to where God had me, or where I had myself a little over a year ago. I was attending a different church at the time; it was a good church, but I knew in my heart that it was not where God wanted me to be. A continual underlying uneasiness in my emotions and thoughts eventually lead me to tears daily and finally to where I should have been, on my knees. I ultimately came to the decision to leave my current church and just try a few different local churches. “If they aren’t nice to me, I don’t have to go back,” I thought. So hesitantly, I went to Google. Two words came to mind, “New Life”. I typed them in along with “Fredericksburg, VA” and the first thing that came up was New Life in Christ Church. After looking over the website, I showed up that Sunday morning, all by myself, praying that God would give me the boldness to go inside.
After seating myself in the sanctuary, a woman about my age not only turned around and introduced herself, but invited me to care group and even exchanged numbers with me in case I got lost! About the whole first month I came home every Sunday and cried. This church seemed like a family, like how the body of Christ really was designed to be: a pastor who loved to teach in depth from the Word; a group of brothers and sisters genuinely worshiping together; and a place where not only could I grow, but I could so easily serve too. I began to have tears of joy and hope in the Lord, and He became more real to me, as I could see Him active and alive in His church. God may not have given me direction and hope through having a whale eat me or speaking to me through a burning bush, or pregnancy, but instead He guided me to where He wanted me to be by giving me His courage, His assurance, and of course, Google.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’”
The summer schedule has lightened, but there are still plenty of opportunities for fellowship:
Summer Open Houses take place most summer evenings at a home after the Evening Service. They are informal and provide a relaxed atmosphere to make new friends and visit with old ones. If you haven’t been before, give one a try. Directions to the homes will be in the bulletin.
Women’s Bible Studies are meeting Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30 and Thursday evenings 7-9 (not the 4th!) in Room 141b.
Women’s Breakfasts are the 3rd Saturday of the month at 9am in the Fireside Room. The next one is July 20th. Bring someone to share and enjoy a morning of fellowship and prayer.
Ladies’ Summer Movie Nights :
- July 12th, 7pm – October Baby, PG-13 – A pro-life film, in the Youth Room (upstairs, new addition), bring a snack and a friend and come hang out on the comfy couches!
- August 2nd, 7pm – Love Comes Softly, movie followed by a talk about pursuit in courtship and God’s pursuit of our hearts by Brenda Storms – We’ll use this as a mother/daughter wrap-up to the Preteen/Teen Summer study, all women, girls, teens invited. In the Youth Room upstairs. Bring a friend and a snack to share.
VBS Transportation help needed
Contact Gail Reed if you are able to help with transportation for two children to/from VBS from Falcon Ridge area of Spotsylvania.
Look for the following VBS Information and Sign-ups in the Foyer – VBS is July 22-26th:
- Preregister your child, bring home registration forms for friends and neighbors
- Volunteer positions – Adult and teen helpers needed – sign up on the board
- Food Donations – sign up on the clip board for items to bring in Sunday, July 21st
Have a wonderful Independence Day! May God make His grace known to you as you celebrate our country’s freedom with friends, neighbors and family.
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee