Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lisa Life Lesson ~"New Beginnings"

New Beginnings

As I was walking into our church worship center on Christmas Eve, the lady in front of me said to her family, "Oh, here, let's sit where we sat at Easter!"  I wanted to say, "Welcome Back!" but didn't feel that was appropriate.  

I absolutely LOVE new beginnings.  Don't you?  I love a new school year.  I love a new calendar year.  I love Mondays.  Well, most Mondays.  We have a great, new, shiny opportunity to start over if we've done things 50% lately.  If your family hasn't made church attendance a priority, then start now.  

I can hear you.  I really can.  "Well, Lisa, my kids have never really liked our pastor.  They can't relate to him."  OR "My husband needs a day to sleep in.  He plays golf on Saturdays."  OR  "The kids have never connected to the youth group."  OR, my favorite.  "The soccer coach schedules practices on Sunday morning.  What's a family to do????"

OKay, enough excuses.  Find a church home that fits the needs of your family.  A place where you can grow, and learn and SERVE together.  And yes, you might have to change churches.  I said it.  I'm sure your current church will understand.  They'd rather you go to church SOMEWHERE than nowhere at all.  I promise.  

Church isn't something we DO.  It's who we are.  WE are the church.  The church body is the body of Christ.  It's how we do family.  Don't make the mistake of thinking you're getting a check in the box on your "good" list.  We are commanded to fellowship with other believers.  It's not our choice.  (Hebrews 10:25)

The benefits to church fellowship are limitless.  God wouldn't command us to do something that wouldn't help us or strengthen us.  He knows we need the fellowship of other believers.  It's a good thing.  

Isaiah 58:13-14

13 “Keep the Sabbath day holy.
      Don’t pursue your own interests on that day,
   but enjoy the Sabbath
      and speak of it with delight as the Lord’s holy day.
   Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day,
      and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly.
 14 Then the Lord will be your delight.
      I will give you great honor
   and satisfy you with the inheritance I promised to your ancestor Jacob.
      I, the Lord, have spoken!”

~Lisa Clark
Sky Ranch SkyMoms Parenting Mentor


  1. Amen! thank-you, I couldn't have said it better.

  2. Hey tori.... Can't believe ir's time again for cowboys & cowboys!! Hope u and your family have an amazing 2012!!!!