We’re back!  It’s been a busy holiday season in Arkadelphia.  Just when we thought things were slowing down, we had the most snowfall I think our little town has ever had.  Hopefully we can get back into the routine of blogging at least twice a week to recap what’s going on in our body.

Last night, we met at the Sellers’s house for our regularly scheduled Sunday night meeting.  We had a feast of Taco Lasagna, Tacos, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken, Flourless Chocolate Cake (for Brandon’s belated birthday) and apple pie. We took communion together and caught up with what is going on in each other’s lives.

We ministered to one member of the body and talked about anxiety and its triggers.  We also discussed the “practice of ministry” and how it is viewed by different people.  Les opened his Bible and read Colossians 3:12-17 in The Message.

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

We particularly discussed being content with second place, the Message’s paraphrase for humility.  Les talked about the positive aspects of humility, in that there is less anxiety in being content with not winning.  While you don’t get the earthly recognition, you have more peace in humility.  This led to April talking about the difference between being a doormat and laying yourself down.  The difference is in your attitude.  An attitude of, “I’m not worth anything, so I’ll lay down and take abuse from everyone” is what leads to being a doormat.  Laying oneself down is an act of humility and submission.

We prayed for a while and talked about the possibility of spending a Sunday night meeting dedicated to healing.  We also talked a lot about heaven before we dispersed.

The blog title today was my overall impression of the meeting.  We haven’t had a “regular” meeting in so long, and we had so much to tell each other, everything came bellowing and boiling out of us.  Meeting again Thursday!