Jill Jarrell Newsome
For months I stressed over my mom and I being at different churches. In July of 2017, my family went to a new church after wrestling with God. My mother gave us her blessing and continued to tell me we had done the right thing for our family. The blessings of being obedient were evident in our trip to the Holy Land, making new friends, reconnecting with old friends, our SS class, becoming part of the ministry team and the list goes on! God knew my pain and I believe He gave me double for my trouble. Isaiah 61: 7, "Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever."
Matthew 11: 28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I was weary and burdened and missed worshiping with my Momma. I began thanking God for taking care of the situation. 1 Thessalonians 5: 18, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." God gave me peace. Philippians 4: 7, '...and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." I was still sad, I did not understand but I trusted. Isaiah 55: 8-9, "’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.’"
About a month later, my Mom said God was starting to show her that she was to come to our church! It is easy not to ask God for direction when we really don’t want the answer. He may take us out of our comfort zones. In God’s timing, this answer to my prayer was better than anything I could have imagined. Why am I always so amazed?! God remains faithful beyond belief! He always gives us so much more than we can imagine? To God be the glory, great things He has done! Psalm 95: 2, "Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise." And our family can worship together!