Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Next Door

"The Great Commandment"
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these."
Mark 12:30-31

I mentioned earlier this week about some exciting things starting at church. This post is about one of them. The Next Door: That They May Believe is a 40-day devotional book designed to help you focus on praying for your neighbors. Melody Allred, an HSBC member and the author of this book explains how through deepening her relationship in Christ and loving God more (The Great Commandment), she also realized she should be "loving her neighbor as herself " as the Lord commands us. She began to think and realize how many people in her own neighborhood could be lost and headed for Hell. Melody's story is told in the beginning of the book.

As a church, the members that have chosen to, have made a commitment to complete this devotional book and PRAY for our neighbors for 40 days! What an impact that can be made with this many people praying together! Yesterday, February 24 was Day 1 of this 40 day journey and I am SO excited to see what oppotunities and doors are opened as a result of this committment.

As you know, we just moved into our neighborhood and unfortunately I don't know any of our neighbors! I know that as I pray the Lord will show me opportunities to get to know my neighbors in a natural way : ) Of course, you don't have to only pray for your neighbors. This can be a prayer for ANYONE who doesn't know Jesus Christ and needs to learn about salvation. The book is just a great illustration of how we have a mission field in our very own backyards! I have never committed myself to anything like this before and I am SO excited to be a part of something so wonderful!

If any of you are interested in learning more about this, check it out HERE!

On a totally different note...I haven't posted in the last couple of days just because not much is happening here. Just work and the same old, same old...As for the china cabinet, it is still a work in progress. Hopefully it will be finished tomorrow, but I will definitely post pictures sometime this weekend! I am working tonight, then off all weekend : ) I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday...tomorrow is FRIDAY...WOO HOO!!!!