I found this great church last year. I mean, really great. Their motto is LOVE GOD, BLESS PEOPLE. How awesome is that? I've been to a few services in my adult life, but I really never "attended" church since college. I forgot how much I missed a weekly church family and how much I needed it in my life. Yesterday we had a friend day at church and my pastor asked me to speak about finding a friend at church. Here is my testimony:
Soooo..... Pastor Ken asked me to say a few words about finding a friend at Prince of Peace. Since school started this week I asked my kids what they do to find a new friend at school. My 8 year old son said it's easy, you just play with them and then get their phone number so you can have a sleepover. It seems so easy to make friends when you're little. But as I get older it seems a little more intimidating to meet new people we've all got a little bit of baggage and it's hard to really put yourself out there and open up to someone brand new. Last year my life hit a bit of a snag and my husband, my kids and myself were all a little bit broken inside. We needed help and we needed hope. Pastor Ken was my husband's teacher in middle school and we were led to Prince of Peace. I didn't know anyone when I first came here, not one single person, but I immediately felt at home so I kept coming back. As the weeks passed I met new people and began to put my name on the connection card to volunteer for things. I realized that each time I helped with a project I was really helping myself. I was meeting new people and had some really great conversations. My son was right, I was playing with my new friends. I really started to look forward to Sunday mornings because every week I felt a little more comfortable and talked more and more with these new friends. I even started to get some friend requests on Facebook....yay for new friends...and then I traded actual phone numbers with people. My son was right, I was getting phone numbers......Although I haven't had any sleepovers with my new friends I have found acceptance and support and guidance from my new friends at Prince of Peace. I have met so many people here who have such compassion for others and who are doing really great things. These new friends inspire me to be a better person and an even better friend. Without them and without Prince of Peace, I honestly don't know where my broken little family would be today.
Finding God (again) has really changed the trajectory of my life. Every week, I feel like I'm healing a little bit and that I'm helping my kids to see the graciousness of others.