Monday, May 17, 2010

prayer request too

Emily's post last week urged me to ask for prayer too. I've been struggling a lot lately, because I don't feel like I have meaningful, deep friendships in my day to day life. Now, I have a ton of great close friends that I can talk to, but they don't necessarily live the closest. I just get worn down sometimes and need to hang out with a girl. We're in a small group, but it's coed, which is great, but I don't feel like I'm getting to know any of the girls as close as I did in other small groups I've been in the past (I so miss the Bible study group from Colorado Springs). I guess I'm either praying for a good girlfriend that I see in person on a regular basis in my everyday life, or a good opportunity for a women's small group where I can be encouraged and be real with other women.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

can i just say...that i LOVE the new background on the blog!

Church Search

Yes, I said it, the word CHURCH. I'm writing to ask you ladies to pray for Adam and me. We are looking for a church and really having difficulty finding one that fits us. And when I say it "fits" I don't even really know what I mean. I am confused about what I am looking for, and knowing what is important when searching for a faith community.

We have tried the traditional Presbyterian church in the area as well as a more contemporary church that meets on Sunday nights. This past Sunday we went to a church that is somewhere in between the more structured traditional approach and the whimsical, organic approach. If you want a better idea of the churches we've visited, see Adam's blog post here. He explains it a lot better than I can.

The issue for me right now is that I don't feel like I fit in at the church where we've been regularly going. One person, in a matter of at least 5 weeks, has introduced himself to us and recognized that we are new to the group. It isn't a big church, so in my opinion it's not difficult to look around and observe the new faces in the crowd. One of my dilemmas is this: do I base my decision about attending and investing in a church body solely on how welcome I feel there?

In short, I am pretty confused. I would really like to hear if anyone has any insight on the issue. If you have stories, lists of qualities you look for or like about your church, books on the subject, really anything would be of help!

Thanks for letting me rant, and I hope to hear from some of you soon!