Welcome to my "Open Window"...a place of hope, encouragement, and adventure as we journey down the road from "Closed Doors" to the new opportunities God places in our pathway. I hope you will take the time to go back and follow the trail of mixed blessings and fears, failures and triumphs from the past and side-trips in the present. Perhaps it will conjure up some of your own special memories, and be an invitation for you to share with others. I look forward to spending this time with you!
What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!
Well, I am back here to tell you how God is blessing this "Open Window" of new opportunity and ministry...
Go back to the Acts chapter two story of the first Christians in the first "church"...
"And they continued steadfastly
in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship,
BREAKING OF BREAD,
and in PRAYERS.
Then fear came upon every soul,
and many wonders and signs were done
through the apostles.
Now all who believed were together,
and had all things in common,
and sold their possessions and goods,
and divided them among all,
as anyone had need.
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
BREAKING BREAD FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE,
they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
PRAISING GOD AND HAVING FAVOR WITH ALL THE PEOPLE.
And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."
Back in November of 2014 we started a home Bible fellowship in our home. In the beginning there was just one other couple and us...along with my mother in law as she is usually staying with us on the weekends...and our son if he is available...but that was it...two neighbors and our own family. We believed that God was leading us to do this by faith...and to trust Him for the growth of our fellowship.
Today was a special day...we had our first after worship "pot luck" dinner...something all good church people do very well...and my heart has been so full of the joy of how God is blessing. Here's a few pictures of the friends gathered here...sorry they are a little blurry...but you'll get the idea:
I think the thing that is so exciting to me is that when we moved to this house exactly three years ago, we didn't know what or how God was going to use this home, but we knew in our hearts that He had a plan, Click HERE for the first post written from this home in 2012, we just didn't know what or when.
Today we exclaimed joyfully that we are seeing God's hand at work in our midst...bringing people into our lives that we could never have known before coming here, and blessing the faith venture of opening our home for worship and Bible study in ways that we could not have foreseen. Little by little God is putting it all together. We don't know where it will lead, but we are content and thankful for how it has developed thus far. Time will tell what the next phase will be.
One of our new friends has a very lovely singing voice, and she so desires to use it for God's glory. We were all awestruck as she sang "The Lord's Prayer" for the blessing for our meal today. It was almost too holy of a moment to even think about eating after that wonderful gift from her heart rendered to the Lord. It dovetailed so beautifully with our lesson today from John 12:1-8, where Mary of Bethany anointed the feet of Jesus with a very costly gift of fragrant oil, and wiped His feet with her hair. Jesus said that her gift was anointing Him for the day of His burial...as He was going to be crucified just a week later...although the disciples did not know that at the time. It was a pure gift of love from her heart...and that is how we felt after our friend sang "The Lord's Prayer" so fervently and perfectly today. An offering of humility and love for our Savior...preparing our hearts for the gift that He gave for us...His very life.
What a marvelous way to enter into the holy season of the Passion of the Christ...Easter...His death, burial, and resurrection...all done for us because He loves us so much...and He wants to spend eternity with us.