Well, it has been a very long, exhausting, and hectic few weeks. We finally got moved and are practically settled in. We like it, my boys are LOVING it. Our apartment is below my sister in law and my oldest 2 love to play with her oldest 2. They have played outside all day almost everyday that we've been here. They LOVE it. And it's nice for me too!!!! :)
But since we have left, our church that we have been a part of has been going through a massive upheaval. I may not be there, but my heart still hurts for what has transpired. But I know it will all be worked out. But the thing that is breaking my heart the most is that I have been noticing that alot of crap has been strewn about and it is causing people to say UGLY things about people who were once considered part of the family. The family I so didn't want to leave has now fallen apart.
Just for the record, if we were still there, we more than likely wouldn't have stayed. We would've chosen to allow that church to be unified without my dissent. I kept my mouth shut for so long there about stuff we didn't agree with, but had no power to change because of the "powers that be", and maybe we should've pulled out a long time ago, but chose to stay whether we agreed or not ~ never over doctrinal stuff. But, that is neither here nor there.
But what bothers me the most is to see the people who have chosen to stay, throwing stones at the people who have chosen a different path ~ one that is best for their own family. It breaks my heart to see and to hear of the mud slinging going on. Sounds to me that some who have stayed have been drinking some koolaid that has been made with a special ingredient, but I digress. I still love all those people. It seems to me that they don't realize that when you take off the here and now glasses and look through the eyes of eternity no matter where we went to church, no matter who did what to whom, all that is gonna matter is knowing that no matter who you are your knee is gonna bow down and proclaim that Jesus is Lord to the Glory of God the Father. You will not be able to claim "I stayed so I'm better than someone that left." Or "I never wore pants so I get a better spot in heaven than so and so because they wore pants to church functions." Or, "I went to this college, so I am better than them cause they went to a different one." Or, I have a better talent, or anything. IT'S NOT GONNA MATTER. EVERY knee will bow. EVERY tongue will confess. Your works won't matter. It's not about you. It's about HIM and being in the best place where you can serve HIM. And it's in HIS timing and HIS placement. PERIOD.
So I just wish mud would stop being slung and people could just love one another despite where we go to church, or how we feel led by the Lord. Love each other for what we mean to another. That is something that I had to consider and something I didn't practice very well, but I strive to be better at that. All we have to remember is to look through the eyes of Christ and realize HE didn't always hang out with the religious. They shunned him because he chose to be the friends of people not accepted in their circles. We need to learn to be more like Christ. "A friend loveth at ALL times." True friendship is not meted out by where we attend church or things like that. If you were a friend once to a person, no matter what they do, or where they go, if you were truly their friend, you still will be.
But that's all I have to say to that issue!!!!!!!
I love you all very much and miss you each individually.