Yesterday was a great day. Except. I began the day with a less than positive attitude. There was no reason for it. At all. So. I spent some extra time in prayer to repair my attitude. I’m a work in progress.
Pastor Kathy Togstad, Gregg, and I visited a possible place to hold The Red Door Community Church Sunday services in. We were welcomed and treated with great kindness. We immediately felt at home. I can envision our launch there on 9.13.15 and the two Sundays before and all the Sundays after. It definitely helped my questionable attitude.
A few hours later we joined a group for pizza. If you have not tried Walrey’s pizza in West Salem, it’s time to do so. Pizza always helps attitude problems.
Friends–new and long-time came. They were AWESOME! They made everything AWESOME, including my attitude.
First things first, we had The Red Door drawing. Every time we meet, no matter the reason, The Red Door will give at least $10 to be used as a surprise blessing. There is only one condition put on it–tell us the story of how you blessed someone. Ryan, a new friend, an awesome 16-year-old, received the $10. I’m looking forward to hearing his blessing story.
We ate and found out about each other. And. Then, we began answering questions each had written on note cards–questions about The Red Door Community Church and God. Of course we had some deep ones like,
“What’s the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism?”
- Hmm . . . thanks for that question at the pizza parlor.
“What’s lurking behind The Red Door?”
- Really? Come 9.13.15 for that answer.
The questions began great conversation.
And. Of course we shared a word from God.
- Yes. The background just makes it cool. Do you see the Light?
We focused on a couple of sentences (verses) from Isaiah, a book found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The ancient writers focused on the people who were embattled and exiled. Loss underscored their life.
- Loss is universal. It happens to everyone. How loss is managed will define an individual’s life.
- Isaiah is an excellent book to guide us through the healing process in seasons of loss.
Here’s the question, “Do you believe God?”
- I’m not asking if, you believe in God, but do you believe God?
Think on this question and focus on these words:
Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
Waters will flow where there had been none. (Isaiah 43:19, The Voice)
Consider these three take-aways from Isaiah 43:19:
- Step aside from the stress, pressures, and circumstances and look at God. Look beyond the stuff. Become aware of the Living presence of God.
- Shift your thoughts from the circumstances to what new thing God is doing right now. Think about God making a way through your desert–the hard place, the loss, the failure, the shame, the challenge, the financial situation, the broken relationship . . . whatever it is. Think about the way through rather than the desert. Focus on God’s process of moving you through it.
- Believe God. New life will come. Waters will flow in your desert. Believe God.
We ended by talking with someone we did not know, recognizing we were in the midst of the new work God is doing.
I woke up this morning with a great attitude, believing God is making a way for The Red Door Community Church, for each person.
- Believe God is making a way. It changes how you see. And. It definitely changes your attitude.
This is THE LIFE–Kerrie
Would you consider praying big for The Red Door Community Church and asking others to pray big. We launch on 9.13.15 and would love you to set your phone/alarm at 9:13 AM & PM as a reminder to pray specifically
for God’s favor,
for a place,
for people to boldly join us in this adventure,
for The Red Door Community Church to make a difference in the community, giving thanks.
We will be sending The Red Door Prayer and Information Publication for April. We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.