My original plan for today was to share some of the prayer requests that have been added to the Blessing Counters Pray Page.
I’m so thankful that people are visiting both to leave requests and to pray for others. You all bless me bunches.
But rather than share several requests . . . I have just one.
One that I’ve prayed over but even more . . . one I can’t stop thinking about.
Longing to Find a Church for My Whole Family
Please pray for my family to find a church family where we are accepted and loved.
My son is autistic and because of that, finding a church family has been very difficult. We have had a hard time plugging in because to put it simply, we don’t fit the typical church outlet. The longing to belong is as strong as ever, but churches seem to only desire typical families.
Please pray especially for my 18-year-old daughter who has felt rejected by more than one Christian group. She really needs to have people come into her life who truly are walking with the Lord and will show her the Lord’s grace and compassion. She has only ever seen the judgmental and hypocritical side of Christianity and has seen her brother being left out because of his disability.
I would love to see her be able to grow in her faith and have true Christian friends and mentors to walk along side her as she steps into the journey of adulthood.
My husband and I have felt so alone for quite some time as we have walked on this difficult journey called autism. I would also like prayer for finding a job that I could do during the day while my son is at school. I have worked the night shift for many years and it is starting to affect my health, but because of my son’s autism, he can’t be left alone.
Thank you for praying for a stranger, but fellow believer in our Lord.
I’ve heard from more than a few people lately how hard it is to connect with a community of believers. So, the question I’m thinking about today is…
How can we make our churches more welcoming?
We set up committees and plan programs but if adults and children don’t feel like they belong none of it matters.
And like always, my goal is not to be critical or incite guilt. I just think this is something important for us to talk about and I’d love to know your thoughts.
Next week many of our churches will receive more visitors than at any other time of the year.
So, let’s talk…
- What does your church do to make visitors feel welcome?
- What would you like to see churches do better?
- What inspired you to get involved at your current church?
- How does your church reach out to new special needs families?
- How can we help teens connect in a clique-ish environment?
- What can we do to try to see our churches through a visitor’s perspective?
Therefore, [continue to] accept and welcome one another, just as Christ has accepted and welcomed us to the glory of [our great] God. Romans 15:7 (AMP)
“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.” ~Jean Vanier
Now it’s time for…
Faith ‘n Friends Link Party
I’m so glad you’re here!
This is a place to share faith, make friends, and have fun.
I’d love to connect with you on social media!
I’m excited to share the following posts with you this week.
by Sue Donaldson
@ Welcome Heart
@ What Mama Knows
Thank you, Sue and Elizabeth, for partying with us!
No More Rules Link Party
Add 1-2 of your favorite faith/life posts.
Then just make friends and have fun.
I would really appreciate it if you would
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May your week be blessed with faith, love, and friendship!
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and pray over the list left by our friends.
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