As mentioned earlier, we attended a great church, Seacoast Church, just blocks from Meghan’s apartment, on Christmas Eve, and then a satellite campus in Mount Pleasant on the weekend. The young preacher had a great message and I have two points scribbled in large letters on a piece of paper that were made during the message. He preached on John 21:7 and my two notes are JUMP OUT OF THE BOAT and FEED MY SHEEP. There’s so much meat here that will serve me well in the coming year as a life philosophy and also as a theme for this blog and Her Father’s Homestead in general.
This was such a pointed message, like all those years of sitting in front of my dad as he was preaching. How many times did I feel like he was speaking directly to me? Way too many times to count and the same thing happened on Sunday morning. I was being told to jump out of the boat, move toward the Lord, like Peter did – just dive on in and then Peter was told that if he loved the Lord as he said he did he should “Feed My sheep.” If that isn’t a goal or a direction for the Homestead, I don’t know what would qualify!!
And while I’m thinking of it, I learned a whole new meaning for Sparkles (refer to earlier posts) Instead of Sparkles occurring in the frigid cold of northern Wisconsin snow, we discovered Sparkles in the sea foam , the bubbles left behind by the incoming and retreating waves on the beach. This, too, will work for future messages. What a trip this has been been – full of food for thought, soul-searching and messages!
As this faithful computer at the Richland County Public Library is telling me I have eleven minutes before lock-out, I’m going to say adieu. I’ll be back tomorrow as I’ll reserve time here before I leave. The people here have been fabulous, friendly, helpful, to this obvious Northerner – obvious as soon as I open my mouth 🙂 So a quick visual preview will have to suffice for spell-check and again, forgive any errors till I get home and on to my own computer again. Blessings!!!