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A Brave Baby-Step Brings Blessings!

Last summer, our family experienced a lot of changes. Some were good, and some were hard. I found myself feeling a little overwhelmed and weary in this season of my life. I know I am blessed to have an extremely wonderful husband and precious sons. Though sometimes I get so caught up in the everyday stuff of taking care of my family that I forget about a younger me in seasons past, my heart greatly desired this gift from God I am now blessed to enjoy.

My husband and I had been praying for over a year about changing churches and attending GFC. I was looking at the GFC website one day when I saw information about M2O. I read the description and the theme for the year which is: “Kissing the mundane good-bye! Glorifying God through the everyday, ordinary.” I knew instantly that this could be an answer to my prayers.

So on a lovely August morning with a baby on my hip and a 3 ½ year old by my side, I walked into GFC for one of the first times to attend M2O. I was a nervous wreck not knowing anyone or what to expect. I even almost talked myself out of going that morning! But God and my husband gave me the loving push I needed.

From the moment I walked into the building, I was put to ease and greeted by many sweet and welcoming women. During the whole meeting, I was encouraged and challenged in my roles as a wife, mother, and follower of Christ. I was blown away by how everything was done with such excellence.

It was evident that a lot of prayer, time, and hard work went into the preparation for the meeting that morning. Also, being newer to the area and living far from family, I would not have been able to attend M2O if childcare was not provided. I will be forever grateful to the incredible women who give of their time to care for my children. I left the M2O meeting that morning feeling refreshed, strengthened, and with a renewed appreciation for this season of life that I am in.

Later that day, both my husband and my mother called to see how I liked it. I couldn’t stop talking about this amazing ministry and all the beautiful and genuine women I met. I told my husband if these women represent GFC, I am pretty sure we will find GFC is the place for our family. We went the first Sunday in September and have been attending ever since.

Since that time, and through M2O and the other ministries at Grace, a few of the many things God is teaching me as I journey through life, is the importance of:

Seeking God and his will at all times. Because, He is the most important relationship I will ever have and will be right by my side in every chapter of my life. He is there in the storms and the sunny days.

Enjoying this time of my life and making good memories. Because, seasons change.

Accepting that Gods plans are way better than mine. Because, sometime I get this idea in my head how my life should be and God reminds me that He is the Author of my life.

Sowing good things into my marriage, into the lives of my children, and my relationships with others. Because, whether I like it not I am sowing something.

Opening myself up to others. Because, so often I get wrapped up in my season that I fail to appreciate, encourage, serve, and learn from those in all seasons of life, as well as those that need Christ.

Noticing the wonderful amidst all the work. Because, everyday life can make me weary so I need to keep my focus on God who renews my strength.

Striving to be the woman God wants me to be. Because, comparing myself to others and dwelling on what I lack holds me back from being all I can be in Him.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”(Galatians 6:9, NKJV)

We are so very thankful for the great ministries here at GFC. The Sunday services, Grace Kids, Grace Men’s Ministry, Grace Women’s Ministry, M2O, and being in a Community Group has helped us as a family to grow closer to God and walk in His ways during this season of our lives.

Joleen Smith

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Sonya wrote:
Thank you for sharing your heart and lifting my spirits! I am so glad to know you!!

Wed, February 19, 2014 @ 4:16 PM

2. Amy Greene wrote:
I loved what u had to say. It made me emotional. I guess BC my heart can so identify with how you were feeling and what the ministry of M2O has meant to me and my family. I am SO grateful for it.

Wed, February 19, 2014 @ 5:03 PM

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