Going back to church.

@mamasan34 (6522)
United States
August 12, 2007 6:02am CST
I have done a lot of soul searching and I have decided it is time I go back to church. I feel as if I have been missing something in my life and I have not led a christian life in a very long time. I think it is time for me to do that. Have you guys ever gone through something similar?
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• United States
14 Aug 07
I didn't go to church regularly for about 10 years, but I had fallen away long before that. My husband and I decided that it was time to go back to church when I became pregnant with our first child. That was 3 1/2 years ago and I have been going every week ever since. My husband was a little slower, but now he attends every week too. It has been life-changing. I think it's great that you've decided to return to church. You will never regret it.
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
14 Aug 07
That is fantastic to hear. I know it is hard and is a challenge for yourself to go back to church but it is a good thing to go back for your children as well. That was one of my motivating factors as well. My daughter is 13 and I see she needs a lot of spiritual guidance and that helped me make my decision as well. I think your right, I don't think I will ever regret this decision! Thanks for commenting and for the words of encouragement.
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@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
that's great to hear. :) well, it's not something that I've gone through, but maybe i can share a bit since that's what my parents went through. they had stopped attending church for many years (about 20), but their friends started asking if they'd like to come. they went, and have been going ever since for about 15 years now. they are really involved now, singing in the choir and attending bible study and camps with a bunch of folks around their age. they pray for each other and support each other in their journey of faith. I think God is drawing you back into a community of believers. It's wonderful that you feel this vacuum and I know that God will lead you to a church where you can grow and serve in. Keep us updated on how it goes. :)
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I have been led to a wonderful congregation of people and they have made me feel so welcome and comfortable. I really appreciate that story about your parents. It tells me that it is never too late to come back and it seems they are very active and I hope to be very active here as well. Thanks again!
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
13 Aug 07
I think we all lose our way from time to time, life is like that, but it's good that you have done your soul searching and realize it mamasan. You have realized that something is missing your life, and that something is your spiritual side. I have gone through the same at different times of my life, but have always come back to acknowledge that I do have a spiritual need which is only satisfied by re-connecting with God. However, I don't feel the need to go to church, my relationship with God is very personal, and I choose to associate with like-minded people who build me up. That's my way, but we all have different needs. I wish you all the best. God Bless.
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
13 Aug 07
abbey that was very well spoken. Our relationship with God is very personal and I believe that choosing like minded individuals to help build you up is an excellent way to help you stay close. Thanks so much!
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• Canada
15 Aug 07
So glad to hear that you are going back. It really does make a difference in your life!
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
16 Aug 07
It is making a tremendous difference in my life. People I know have already seen a change in me. They say that I just look happier and I do! Thanks for commenting1
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• Canada
16 Aug 07
I'm so happy for you! Thanks for sharing this with all of us :)
@isaiah12 (418)
• United States
5 Sep 07
While growing up in Whitman, Massachusetts my parents brought me to church. After I earned my Associate in Science degree I moved to Virginia, where I got married and had two daughters. During this time I only attended church afew times. After my divorce I moved back to Massachusetts. After I got settled I began to feel I was missing something and wanted to start attending church again. At the time I was working retail and one of my co-workers was a pastor that was in the process of getting ready to open his church. He would talk to me on breaks, he gave me a new bible, and when his church opened I began to attend. Since then I have accepted Jesus as my Saviour and been baptized. I believe God put this man in my life when I was ready for soemone to lead me back to Him.
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
5 Sep 07
That is a great testimony! Thanks for sharing that with me and with our mylot friends. I am glad that you found a good place of worship! I believe that the Lord puts people in our lives to lead us back to him. It makes a lot of sense!
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
22 Aug 07
I felt something like this many years ago. I thought that the church will help to solve this emptiness deeply in my soul.Actually some mounths later i felt twice emptier then before. And dont tell me that i have just missed the right church...
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I would not tell you something like that. It is obvious that you are missing something else in your life. I am not here to judge or make assumptions on what is necessary in your life to fulfill you and make you feel complete. This journey back to the church has helped me and I have come full circle. But that is for me. I wish you much luck, and hope you have found what completes you.
@Odlanor (141)
• Philippines
22 Aug 07
You have the right decision. We can only find peace and inner fulfillment by returning back to our creator.
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Thanks for those words of wisdom. They certainly ring true. I feel the same way!
@beauty_ph (2752)
• Philippines
19 Aug 07
I am glad you did soul searching and now going back to church. We Christians always have this emptiness in our hearts everytime we miss going to church. Alhough God is always within us, we still seek Him in community and in churches. In my experience, I have a shifting schedule. Sometimes I get to work on Sundays that will lead me not to be able to attend Sunday masses. It also makes me long to hear the words of God. Even though I have a daily scripture reading at home. I am so happy I attended one Christian life series seminar, where a speaker mentioned this line: God's love won't change even if you believe in Him or not, He will still love you the same". I was struck at this words which is so true. It means even if we fail to attend or go to church, His love will remain. After knowing all this things. I thank God for His unfailing love. I wanted to love others that way too. An unconditional love we need to share because we have been receiving it from God. I think mylot is one of the great venue for sharing God's love too. God bless you my friend!
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
19 Aug 07
thank you for those inspiring words! I feel much the same. I did feel a great emptiness in my heart when I was not involved in the church. I don't feel that now. Again, thanks for commenting!
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@beauty_ph (2752)
• Philippines
20 Aug 07
Thanks for considering me for having the best response. I thank God we long for Him each day because of His unfailing love. I know that we all fail one way or the other, but with God's help, we can get united with His love again and again. I thank God for giving us a chance to share this here in mylot too. God bless!
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
20 Aug 07
We do fall short sometimes, but God always loves us. That is the greatest thing. Thanks for participating in this discussion!
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
19 Aug 07
I was born a Protestant and brought up going to church every Sunday. Later on I taught Sunday school, and sang in the choir. It became a way of life for me. Then one day, while preparing my Sunday School lesson it suddenly dawned on me!I didn't believe what I was teaching the Kids. I suddenly realised it was all Bull. I still believed in God, but the Church was more about business and Money than it was about Godliness. So I stopped Going, and I never went back. Instead, I began to study spirituality. Soon I was comfortable talking to God directly without a Minister telling me what to believe, and how much money I should be donating every Sunday. I soon came to understand that the Church was Big Business and God had very little to do it!
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
19 Aug 07
Wow, that is the saddest thing I have ever heard. the church i attend doesn't push money as an issue. We give what we can afford. They don't tithe. I understand that the church has to have money to exist to pay the bills, so that we may have a place to congregate. There is nothing wrong with that. I am sorry you feel that way. the only problem I have is that some churches make people tithe and if they can't afford it, they make them feel bad. that is wrong. Anyhow, i am glad that you found your spiritual awakening and that it works for you. thanks for commenting!
@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
18 Aug 07
This happens to greatest of all person. For the past three weeks I hae been so low in my spirit and tired in my body too that i decided to stay away from church a little but it was not the same. I am on the praise team and i love to sing and lead the people into worship so i gotmyslef up and went back and took my right place. Aint doing this again. I felt as if I had sinned.
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
18 Aug 07
Sometimes it takes an experience like yours to realize where we truly belong. I wouldn't look at it as a sin, I would look at it as an awakening! Next time you feel low in spirit think back on this time and it will most likely lift you back up! Thanks for commenting, it was truly inspiring.