So today is Sunday and Justin and I went to church! I'll be the first to admit that since having kids I've been playing hookey from church. It seems every time we go as a family, the girls catch something from the nursery and I spend weeks with two sick kids. I'm sure it's because they are home with me and don't go to daycare and therefore don't have a strong resiliency to viruses. But since they are so little and can't totally benefit from the Sunday School yet, it was SO MUCH EASIER to just stay home and watch a sermon on TV and do a family Bible study.
We have switched churches several times in 3 years. We left our first church because the preacher was called to another church. So, we went to one 40 minutes away to our FAVORITE preacher of all time. But the drive was starting to deter us from going every Sunday. Which is a problem. So we started going to one closer to home but we didn't feel like we belonged there. So when we heard that our old church found a new preacher (after a few years of being without) we were excited! Grandma's house was right down the road from it, so we could drop the girls off and go to church by ourselves without worrying about them!
So, we went and it was so nice to see everyone after we had been gone for so long. A warm welcome-back! The music was great and the Holy Spirit was moving though the church! During the song "Here I am to Worship" the whole church broke into tears and it was extremely moving to be a part of. I just love those days! The preacher was great and the sermon was JUST what I needed to hear.
It was about patience and trusting God. The preacher also talked about how we give the Devil too much credit and too much attention. And it's true!! We talk more about what the devil IS doing in the world and not enough about what God CAN do! I hate all the negativity and I try not to read or watch the news. Knowing how strangers around the world killed or abused children or other people does not offer any benefit in my life. Instead of taking in all the bad news I just read news websites dedicated to uplifting people not tearing down spirits. Like Amazing News!
What do you do to stay uplifted and positive? Are you giving the devil too much credit?