Sunday, November 30, 2014

Praise Post # 30

Today is my last praise post for 2014.  Fittingly, today is also a Sunday.  Since you all know how much I love the church, I thought I would give 5 praises for the things I love most about going to church.

  1. I love Sunday School and I am thankful for it. Some churches are getting away from SS but I feel it is very important. We are to be a workman that doesn't need to be ashamed of the effort we put into our studies.  Of course, study should be on our own; but, how much more does SS spark our interest?  Discussion is a great way to get people to meditate on scripture and where better to do that than in Sunday School?
  2. Fellowship:  Since I'm on the Worship Team, I don't get to go around during our meet and greet time to say hi to everyone, but I love to see the people greet each other. If you get to church late and leave before prayer time and avoid people, I don't think you got the whole experience Jesus intended for you to have. We are made to be social creatures. We need interaction!
  3. Worship:  Worship is not just singing songs but giving praise to the Almighty One.  He is deserving of it. When you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in your services you feel refreshed and ready to go on another day.
  4. Word:  I love the preaching of the Word. Does that mean every Pastor I've sat under has been a brilliant orator? No, but God is able to use these men of God to speak into my life. I've got many a nugget I can mentally chew on all week while listening to a sermon.
  5. Testimonies:  I love when people testify because I love to hear how God is working in their lives. It is just as encouraging to hear how He helps in small things as well as in the big stuff.
  6. Bonus:  I love prayer time. Of course, I can and should pray on my own, but corporate prayer is powerful.  I need people to pray in agreement with me.
Thank you, Jesus, for the 150 ways (and more) You blessed my life in November!

Now it's your turn. What blessings can you count today? Leave a comment and share, or if you have a blog, consider linking up below. Praise Posts end today. We thanked God for 5 blessings each day to total 150 praises. You don't have to elaborate, just list if you want. Jump in right where you are even if it is the last day. I'd love for you participate!

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Tori Leslie said...

Jerralea, I have really enjoyed this series on your blog. Most of your thankful things are mine also. Happy last day of November!

Anonymous said...

A great way to end your praise posts.

Melanie Cook said...

Church is such a blessing! My church doesn't have Sunday School and I miss it. Thank you for hosting these Praise Posts. They have been a blessing to me - to write and to read others.

Faith said...

Oh I have enjoyed doing this writing exercise so much Jerralea. Thank you for hosting it!! I too love church and all the things you shared about why you love it, too. Testimonies don't get heard in our corporate body as we have about 1800 on a sunday a.m. at 11 and about 1200 on a sunday at 9 and about 400 on a Sat 5 pm service. So our small groups encourage testimony time during the meetings. In fact, for my Dec 11 meeting I am going to have the moms share a brief testimony about something God has shown them through our study thus far. Happy first day of Advent to you and yours!!

Susanne said...

I've enjoyed reading through your praise posts this month. It's a wonderful habit to develop and can totally change one's perspective!

betty said...

You did great with the month long praises!! I do agree about Sunday School, but you are right more churches are going away from it. They are almost favoring small groups over that, at least the churches I've recently attended.


Dianna said...

I love Sunday School as well, Jerralea. I am blessed to have the teen girls SS class at our church. What a privilege to share God's Word there. I love how the Holy Spirit will take a Scripture we are studying and lead it directly to what one of the girls is going through!

Thank you again, my friend, for this challenge for November. Hugs.