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I felt too tired to go to church today By Rhonda Childs

This morning, my arms felt tired, my hips, shoulders and back hurt from Fibromyalgia, and my left foot hurt from an accident in 2010 where it was broken in seven places. Overall, I just felt tired, and almost cancelled.

I pushed through, and at church we all sang hymns of praise, worship, and love to the Lord, and I was feeling better already! There were announcements for requests of prayer needs, so I was able to serve the Lord in this regard. Then, the Pastor belted out a sermon that was very enlightening, about the Holy Spirit.

Thereafter the service, my Christian friends and I decorated the luncheon area with bright colors for Spring. During the course of this, I experienced loving kindness from many congregation members. I was also able to go by God’s commandment to fellowship and show love…by being a good listener, in empathy to some of the congregation members and their serious problems, such as health issues and the passing of loved ones. Each week, it’s always hard to say good-bye to such kind and warm people.

Due to the fact that I was out of the house and near a shopping district, I then went shopping for food. At the grocery store, I met a sales associate named Pat, and the peace of the Holy Spirit came upon us both in an incredible way! We talked on and on, as if we were old friends, and she prayed for my left foot with an immensity of faith. I prayed for her knees, which had cartilage issues, and we comforted each other with encouraging words.

We had a conversation that no one would want to end, consumed in the Spirit of God. We both had a relative past of divorce issues, and it was therapeutic to talk about our similar troubles. Pat was at work, so I had to leave her to her duties. We exchanged contact information and promised that we would meet for lunch in the near future.

Clearly the Lord brought Pat and I together. And I know if I would not have gone to church, I would not have met Pat. I realized a great lesson, that even when I am feeling down, it made me feel better to GO TO CHURCH!

1st Epistle of John
Chapter 1:3-7
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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  1. mark willis

    Thank you for your message regarding church. It is sometimes difficult to go because the house of prayer, and the place of worship and healing has become. The house of hurt, compromise, and confusion. We are in the last days and sometimes I find it difficult to tell the difference between the church and the world.

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      James

      Thank you Mark for sharing. Read 1st Corinthians chapter 11 and in particular verses 17-19. This chapters deals in how Satan is trying to make division in the church. Also, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the right church. Thanks again so much for all of your encouragement and support over the last years. it has made a big difference in my life. Your brother in Christ. James

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