“…continue in the faith, well-grounded and steadfast, and not shifting away from the confident hope that is a result of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed…”
At the beginning of each year, I ask God if He has a word for me. In His kindness, He usually does. At the end of the year, I am always able to reflect back and see more clearly what that word meant for my year with Him. Each year, I get excited about that word, even knowing that usually it’s an invitation into something that will likely challenge me – – sanctify me, lead me into deeper dependence upon Jesus. In January of 2020, I clearly got the word “grounded.” Incidentally, the evening that the Lord showed me this word, my husband had been at Midtown Men’s Prayer, where they had been asked to share their own word for the year. In His sovereignty and playfulness, I bet you can guess the word my husband shared. Yep. Grounded. When he got home and told me about it, I immediately showed him where I had written the same word in my journal during the same hours he had been gone. Wow. It was a moment of clarity and unity. While we obviously didn’t know exactly how that word would play out for us in the coming year, we both had a sense of God making us more “grounded” this year. Admittedly, a lot of our presumptions were based on circumstances. We had recently purchased a fixer-upper in Midtown, the neighborhood we felt so tied to through out church and community. We’d had our third baby in 2019 and felt like this year would be about establishing our new family of five. I’d recently felt called by God to give more attention to my role as “mom.” It all felt like He had been priming us to have a year that would leave us in a place of being more grounded. But do you know the definition of “grounded?” Mentally and emotionally stable: admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentious. Wow. In this current moment, nothing feels more important. The world is in chaos, panic, conflict. What does the world need now? What do we, God’s children, need? To be grounded. And what He’s showing me right now is that the ONLY thing we can find our grounding upon is HIM. That’s it. He is faithful. He is good. He is sovereign. He holds it all. Our home renovation project has been put on hold, my husband’s job is slowing, and our 3 small children are in our presence at home 24/7. Our grounding literally cannot be found in anything circumstantial. It can be found in God alone. And I am finding, that it is so good. He’s inviting me to see that He’s the only place we ever could have found true grounding in the first place. So this week, I invite you to find your footing – your sense of grounding – upon Him…in His presence, in His love, in His Word. He has you. I promise … or rather, He promises, which is really the only thing we can stand on right now.
Consider using Ransomed Heart’s “One Minute Pause” app to guide you in grounding yourself daily in the presence of God. Click here to download the app.
Family Ministries Zoom Meet Ups
We are enjoying our weekly Zoom meet ups with your kiddos! These fun, engaging video calls give us all a time to see friends and hear bible stories and play games! Click here to get meet up times and weekly curriculum.
Join an evening bible study via ZOOM. We are currently offering studies on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights at 8pm led by church pastors. For more details and to connect you can click here. We hope you’ll join us!
Sunday Nights @ 8pm – Deeper Dive in Proverbs led by Chris Nikkel
Tuesday Nights @ 8pm – Study Through Daniel led by Scott Austin
Thursday Nights @ 8pm – Spiritual Practices led by Mike DeFrees
You can learn how to use Zoom here.
Covid-19 Needs and Assistance
The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.
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We have continued to been blown away by the generosity of The Park Community Church to help. Any gifts above your normal giving that you can commit to COVID-19 relief is very appreciated.
Stay in Contact
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