52 Shmiffty Two:  Back to the Grind


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“The floors need to be clean and I’m carrying a watermelon in my stomach and just can’t do it all!” I said to my husband in a panic.  “And the changing pad needs to be secured to the table.  And the artwork needs to be put up!  And that mural is never going to be ready in time!  And we only have 5 weeks, ya know??!” 

After an exaggerated rant about everything  that has been left undone, I admitted to Patrick that my hormones might be partly responsible for all my nagging.  As always, he patiently assured me that we’d get everything in order prior to our son’s arrival.

I’ve spent the last 8 months preparing for his birth which is scheduled in late September.  The nursery is painted, his clothes are all washed and put away neatly, his tub is even in place and I’m well prepared to wash that little hiney!  There are very few things left on my TO DO list and Patrick has managed to put my frantic mind at ease by promising they would all be taken care of.

But then it hit me….I’m physically ready to welcome this child into my life but how am I doing spiritually? 

In 2011, I have been all out avoiding going back to church.  After spending a year going to 52 different places of worship, I found myself somewhat disappointed when the Adventist church didn’t quite work out the way I had planned.   Maybe I was subconsciously trying to teach God a lesson by refusing to put on my church clothes again.  I admit, I did blame Him for not leading me to the “perfect church” after I had so diligently searched.  Or maybe I was just so focused on the excitement of having a child that attending a service didn’t seem quite as important as making sure we had an entire room full of diapers.  Whatever the case, I have neglected to do what I know I ought; meet together with people of like mind, preparing my heart for my son, and not just preparing his nursery.

Hebrews 10:25 “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

The crib may be all set up for my sons’ arrival, but I long for a community of believers who can welcome my child into their family, the same way my husband and I will welcome him into ours.  And so, today, I went back to church with the intention of once again searching for a community of Bible believing Christians who can encourage me and I them to be stronger living stones in God’s spiritual house.  

If time permits, I’ll do some blogging and I ask that anyone interested say a little prayer that I find a place that inspires me to be more like Christ in everything I do. 


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  • Scott

    Scott August 24, 2011

    An update! I pray the earthquake did not affect you. I do pray for you both.

    You will not find a perfect church, but sure to stick to the finding a Bible believing church—many that you went to were not Bible believing churches. My offer to help still stands.

  • Judy

    Judy August 24, 2011

    I hope you realize there can never be a “perfect” church here, until Jesus returns.  As soon as people discover a new (to them) Bible truth and set up an organization, Satan steps in and creates havoc.  The closer a denomination is to “truth” as it’s revealed in the Bible, the harder Satan works to destroy it (usually from within).

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