#thirstythursday / I’d rather not be in a dead church

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Our church has been going through a time of transition lately.

Have you ever been there?

Seasons of ministry can be oh so bittersweet. God moved some of my closest church friends to another place of worship and that has been hard for me on a personal level. It’s never easy saying goodbye to friendships that have been formed over years of doing church together.

On the other hand, I want to be happy for them to jump into a new adventure. I pray blessings over their families that God puts them exactly where they can be used to impact His Kingdom in incredible ways.

Let’s just be honest for a minute, though. When you’re in a small congregation and several families leave, y’all – I’m just gonna say it – discouragement is an honest and real reality. It’s hard not to be mad or to question God when your congregation gets smaller and there are less hands to serve. This is especially true when it leaves more open jobs and everyone looks around wondering who can help – in nursery, in teaching Sunday School, in teaching Children’s Church??

I’ve been struggling with this for a while.

That all changed this past Sunday.

Revival is here.

There has been a holy stirring of God’s people in our church.

It’s hard to explain.

The worship.
The sermons.
The perfect timing of God.
People experiencing God.

The only way I know how to describe our services over the past month is to envision a waterfall of God’s grace. Think about a bunch of messed up, imperfect people coming together – and laying down all of their burdens at the foot of the cross. Now envision the Spirit of God flowing through the sanctuary like a mighty rushing wind. You can feel the breeze. You can breathe in the fresh purified air.

God is moving and He is changing lives.

As I stepped off the stage at the end of our choir music on Sunday, it hit me.

“God, I want more of this. I would rather be in a small congregation full of your Spirit than a big dead church.”

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Numbers don’t matter with God.

Big or small, God has a plan. I want to trust Him completely, even in the smallness of this season.

Isaiah 44:3-4
‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants; And they will spring up among the grass Like poplars by streams of water.’

Pour it out, Lord. Pour it out. I’m hungry for more of You.

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6 replies to “#thirstythursday / I’d rather not be in a dead church

    1. Me too, friend! And I’m so thankful to have you along for the journey! I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know!

  1. I am so glad that the spirit moving in the church! I sure do miss the familiar, but am eager to see what God has for our family. God continue to Move.

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