Category: Untraditional Church

Fall leaves and Oswald Chambers

The following is something I have been chewing on for the last few days: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers for November 10.  I have something to say about it but I will wait till I think on it some more I think.

“Fellow labourer in the gospel of Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 3:2

After sanctification it is difficult to state what your aim in life is, because God has taken you up into His purpose by the Holy Ghost; He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation.

If you seek great things for yourself – God has called me for this and that; you are putting a barrier to God’s use of you.

As long as you have a personal interest in your own character, or any set ambition, you cannot get through into identification with God’s interests.

You can only get there by losing for ever any idea of yourself and by letting God take you right out into His purpose for the world, and because your goings are of the Lord, you can never understand your ways.

I have to learn that the aim in life is God’s, not mine. God is using me from His great personal standpoint, and all He asks of me is that I trust Him, and never say – Lord, this gives me such heart-ache.

To talk in that way makes me a clog. When I stop telling God what I want, He can catch me up for what He wants without let or hindrance.

He can crumple me up or exalt me, He can do anything He chooses. He simply asks me to have implicit faith in Himself and in His goodness.

Self pity is of the devil, if I go off on that line I cannot be used by God for His purpose in the world. I have “a world within the world” in which I live, and God will never be able to get me outside it because I am afraid of being frost-bitten.

God is in control or Christians and politics

Sometimes we Christians forget that God is in control.  We get caught up in the world and think along with them that government (or the economy or education or whatever the current big thing is) is the one in charge, the one that can make or break everything, the all knowing all doing entity.

Sometimes we forget that though God uses government, government is not God and will be corrupted, we will be persecuted (eventually), and we need to put our trust in God, not in man.

8If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.9After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land. Ecclesiastes 5:8-9

No matter what happens God is in control.  We are NOT to be afraid or worry, we are to pray, trust God, and make sure WE are right with God (we can’t fix the world and aren’t supposed to–we are to tell them about Him and trust Him to make the changes.)

11 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. Jeremiah 29:11


Today I head to IKEA to get our flooring (I hope and pray–they say they have it in stock but I am nervous that we will get there and they won’t.:))   Pretty soon I hope to get things back to normal around here and share all the that has been happening.

And so today I leave with a Sunday Praise Doodle (a card actually,  drawn and painted over at the cottage where the pond is and the leaves are changing) and a post over at that spoke to my heart.  Have a blessed day.

On Cars and Christ

This post over at Knowledge House Academy got me reminiscing.  I have had at least 6 auto situations where God has stepped in and taken care of us in amazing ways.  One especially comes to mind, a story I don’t think I have ever told here but strangely enough ties in very much to where we are now.

Rachel--Taken in the fall before this story occured.
Rachel--Taken in the fall before this story occurred.

It happened about 10 years ago around Christmas. I needed something at Walmart, about 5 minutes away and hopped in our tiny Doge Daytona taking Rachel with me.   When I headed  out the roads were fine and it was still light out.  I probably spent more time there than planned because when we left the store the temperature had dropped and the snow was blinding.  I knew how to drive in the snow so was not the least bit worried about the icy roads or the snow, I was concerned about my very sleepy baby and getting home before my husband began to worry.

Half way home, on a nice straight stretch with snow piled 3 feet high on either side just before a major hill, our front right tire blew out. We didn’t wreck but there was no place to pull off  and I had no cell phone.  I started praying desperately and pulled into the driveway of the only lighted house I could see.  In tears I knocked at the door of the tiny pink house with a white fence around it all the while praying that the person behind the door was not a murderer or pervert and  would be kind enough to let me use their phone and willing to let me wait inside with my very sleepy 1 year old while we waited for help to come (the temperature was 32 degrees and falling) .

Behind that door was the most wonderful, Christian couple.  Myself a new Christian freshly baptized after leaving the Roman Catholic church, I was amazed at this spiritually mature couple.  The wife took me in and fed me hot tea while I called my husband to let him know where I was. Her husband, who had recently had back surgery and was actually off work because he was still recovering went out in the snow and quickly dropping temperature to change my tire for me.  It took over an hour before he managed it.  While we waited inside she ooed and awed over my little one, chatted about their ministry to her son’s teenage friends and how they were currently home churching (shocking to my formerly Roman Catholic ears).  I tried to convince her to join us at the church we attended right next door (which we left not long after) and was surprised that they disagreed with how things were done there, which were the same things we later ended up leaving over. She told me about some ministries I had never heard of and encouraged me to read the Bible and pray and together with my husband  make decisions based on that, not on what ministries or our church told us.

They moved away not long after that, and then we moved as well, and I never ran into them again.  Yet that discussion with her while her husband changed my tire opened my eyes to what Christian maturity could look like, beautiful, kind, encouraging, and hospitable, unafraid of what the outside world and even fellow Christians think, willing to be exactly where and when God has you.  And  looking back know, I realize that that conversation planted the seeds for our journey into home churching.  It took us 8 years to get there but it is where God has us now and I believe He provided that unknown couple (I don’t remember their names or even what they looked like, just their little pink cottage with the white picket fence and the rather large dog) not only to help me on that cold , dark night when I needed help but also to show me another world, one which was beyond my imagining.  A place world where “not going to church” is not a sin which you have to do penance for but a time of growing and learning, a time of rooting deeper into His word.  A world where taking in a stranger is good and right and not a thing to be feared.  A world where ministry doesn’t have to involve a church building but instead the people God sends your way.

And it occurs to me now that it must have take in a lot of faith for them to open the door to a perfect stranger and her baby, to change the tire right after back surgery instead of calling a tow truck (which we could not have afforded), to sit and chat with this baby Christian with her preconceived notions of what Christians should look like.  And I just want to thank them by sharing this story with all of you, because I have no idea where they are or what they are doing and have no other way of sharing what a profound influence they had on me and my family.

As you probably know, we home church.  It is a long story how we got to this place but it is definitely where God has us and He is blessing it greatly.  (Several of you have asked me to explain what our home church looks like–I will, God willing, do that next Sunday.)

For a time my husband and I were concerned about our lack of joining together with others.  We long to be with like-minded individuals who know Him, love Him, and understand and accept the place God has us, while helping us and allowing us to help them grow beyond where we all are.   This article by Seth Barnes explains very well what God has convicted both of us of and what we long for.

It is amazing to me how God is answering this particular need in our lives.  He has not provided people locally (aside from our own immediate family with whom we have grown much closer through our home church experience ) but He is providing them globally.  He has been slowly drawing together a community of believers online–people who are searching for others who “get” what God has shown them, who know what it is to be on the fringe of the accepted ways of doing school and church, who have been called to set themselves apart in this peculiar (to the worlds point of view) way.  I hope someday to meet these wonderful people in real life but for this time and in this season this is enough and it is a blessing.  For the time being He is growing our group over at as well as other places.  He is providing beautifully, even if it seems untraditional and to some outright wrong.  But since God is never wrong and this is the place He has us I will continue to stay wher eHe has put me and mine and trust Him to see it out.

And I should note that this ties in perfectly with todays Sunday Praise Doodle which you can find here.

Finding Education in our Vacation: Church

We had to wait a bit before church as a Spanish speaking friend of my friend was going with us.

The service, in English and Spanish was very interesting, though hard for the kids to understand and extra long, especially compared to our 10 min. home church services. 🙂

I gave the kids the camera to play with.  They took some interesting photos.

Kayla also kept them entertained, treating them like siblings and insisting they not take her toys. 🙂  This was an especially good experience for Isac, the baby of the family.

Sunday Praise Doodle: Psalm 104

A side note: the following was sketched out while watching the kids play in the pond today. The sheer joy and peace they had was heartening and brought to mind Psalm 104 and its wonderful story of God’s absolute provision. I only share a portion of it here, the rest can be found here.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.

11 They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.

13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

14 He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth:

15 wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.

16 The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

17 There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the pine trees.

18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the coneys. [b]

19 The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.

20 You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.

21 The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.

22 The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens.

23 Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

25 There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.

26 There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time.

28 When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

Sunday Praise Doodle 6-22-08

The following is a good morning song the kids and I sing to the tune of the Veggietales song Laura sings at the beginning of Rack, Shack, and Benny. We sing it most mornings when we wake up, and I know I have it in my head every morning as I wake.  I had it in my head this morning and it seemed the perfect thing for this week.

Good morning,


I love you.

Please be

with me


I’ve got a lot to do,

and I want to ple-ase you,

while I work



I play.

Sunday Praise Doodle: Standing on the promises

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I shall not fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call.
Resting in my Savior as my All in all,
Standing on the promises of God.