So, if you know me at all, you know I don't do tears. I seriously despise crying. What's worse than crying.......crying in public! But, tonight, I KNOW the water works are inevitable and here's why:
About ten years ago, I began having "God visions" of a multi cultural, contemporary church in Grady, Alabama. I say it like that because I never want to claim these ideas/dreams as my own. They are without a doubt straight from Him! These visions included a place where ALL are welcome! No matter what kind of clothes you wear, no matter what color your skin is, no matter if you are a cowboy that still has cow poo on your boots or a teenager with your cap on backwards, no matter if you drive up in a beat up truck or a shiny new Lexus, no matter if you're the person that's got it all together or you are someone who is hanging on by a thread, no matter if you have grey hair or pink hair. A place where if God is doing big things in your life and you want to jump and down about it, it's totally ok. A place where if you are someone that is struggling, you are loved on and not just stared at. A place where people are told that becoming a Christian is not about a list of do's and don'ts but that it's about GRACE. A place where the man made religion is non existent. A place where the only common denominator required is JESUS! For my simple mind, this meant starting a church from the ground up. Things like finding a building, finding a pastor, etc, etc. And for years, I did this type of searching. But God is so crafty, so creative, so ingenious and praise Him that His ways are better than mine. He has placed my family in a church that share these ideas. Together tonight, we will host our first monthly contemporary service at The Barn at Pisgah Hill. I can't even handle the profoundness of that statement and of course I am crying already. It's going to be a long, fabulous, tearful day. If you join us tonight, please excuse my completely out of character demeanor and my lack of mascara.