My hubby made me my favorite hot tea and we spent the day together at home. Sometimes it's nice to not run all over town doing errands. We had quality time enjoying one another's company.
Today I got up early as I wanted to go to the early service at my church. It's at 8:15. Although I'm an early riser, I cherish my weekends. So getting ready and being there on time was a challenge. But I heard that this service was a bit more traditional and lately I've been missing some of the older hymns. I enjoy most Christian music and of course I want young people to come to church. But there's just something about those old hymns I've missed.
I wasn't disappointed in the least. Jan Payne, a beautiful soprano sang "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling". The words to the song were so beautiful and meaningful. I almost cried when she sang the chorus:
Come home, come home
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home.
I missed church the last few weeks. I've not been feeling well and so I stayed home. I had my devotionals and I read my Bible daily. But I really missed that corporate worship time. Many people nowadays feel they don't need to go to church. But for me, I miss not being there. After all, the Bible tells us to meet together.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) says:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Our sermon was delivered by Scott Savage, minister to young adults. He's also a fellow blogger at The Joshua Collective. He preached about the importance of character from the book of Judges. It was the story of Deborah and Barak.
Scott defined character:
Character is who you are and what you do when no one is looking.
He reviewed what he called the Judges Cycle.
Sin -> Oppression -> Repentance -> Peace
Sometimes I wonder why those people couldn't get their act together. But then I consider myself. I have a tendency to learn things the hard way too.
Scott also reminded us of something our pastor has been saying.
I feel like I've been refreshed this weekend. Resting, worshiping and spending time with my loved one has done wonders for me. How about you? Did you get any soul rest this weekend?
Blessings and love,