Monday, July 22, 2013

With Religious Devotion



A dinner time listening. Dave playing for his adoring children (ooh look at the love in that little lady's eyes)

Way back when Dave and I were young and newly married, we attended a Sunday church service with religious devotion. Dave was part of the music team and most of the time I'd sit in the service while he lead the church in singing songs to God.

Among his arsenal of talents Dave hides a smokey (can I say sexy?) tuneful voice, guitar expertise and an outrageous ability to write music that is honest and raw*. During our church years he penned many a song that was sung by the congregation and many, many more that filled our tiny red brick apartment (at the time) with warm love.

As the years passed we left behind the song singing established church in favour of a more 'missional' approach. We were involved in small, home lead social action groups and Bible studies.  There we found our place among like minded people - this Pentecostal boy and Anglican girl met in the middle and discovered Jesus was there too.

Since babies have arrived on the scene Dave and I have found it a little more difficult to meet with others in a 'formal' capacity. Our devotion to service has been fixed solely on our children (whether we like it or not) and bible reading is restricted to the five minutes we can manage to stay awake after hopping into bed.

Despite the lack of formal communal christian practices, we remain dedicated to teaching our kids about Jesus in anyway we can, but at the moment our home is the church and our family, the congregation.



*Dave read this post and insisted I make him sound like less of a wanker (he was embarrassed) but I refuse. Surely a wife can gloat on her husbands behalf, wanky or not!

31 comments:

  1. love it, you kinda describe our journey. I was the worship leader that married the sound guy at our large church. Around the time we had our first baby we joined a house church instead and loved the informality and community. It's tricky with kids isn't it. We don't attend anywhere these days and love the spare time ;)

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  2. Thank you for sharing...we only just started going back to Church since Feb but before that it was just the 4 of us at home!
    Our kids LOVE hearing about Jesus, they love scripture and learning christian songs about God and this great big world. I too sang in church, mainly as a back up singer but also I sang on the streets while others preached and it was the best experience EVER!!
    I truly need more devotional as I don't really get enough and it would only benefit my little family if I did. Love hearing this on a blog...totally makes happy when others are sharing. :)

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  3. lovely! we started going back to church each week when we were pregnant with our first baby. We wanted to give our family the same values and upbringing that we had. And I love it. They grow up with it just being a part of life and I love the community that goes with it. But making sure that we pray and do things at home is just as important as going to church.
    a lovely post
    Corrie:)

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  4. The religious/spiritual journey is a journey in itself, isn't it? We go most weeks and do evening worships with the kids. We sing songs (and hubby plays the guitar with a sexy voice too!) but sometimes I'm not sure if its enough. Love that you try and keep up something for your family. Our children love this evening time and its become a lovely ritual. X

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  5. church makes me think meh... but Im ok with Jesus x

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  6. Great post! Your faith is what is important and the fact that you are instilling those values in your children. There is a season for everything under the sun so it says in the word and this is your season to do what you are doing. Lovely post xx

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  7. I'm a proud & practising Catholic. We go to Mass every Sunday and I love that my children are getting to know Christ too.
    I can't imagine life without faith. I rely so much on the help of God, it breaks my heart to see people struggling through life without asking God for grace, hope and love.

    A beautiful post Em, thanks for sharing. xx
    ps my hubby plays and sings too....i'm sure thats what got me!

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  8. I've only just started with bible stories, prayer a d my own devotions again after years of having a break from church and ministry. My spiritual practise if anything has become more authentic as I listen to the needs of my family and respond to finding a Christian community through friendships and Playgroup. It's enough fir now. Great post.
    Www.poppyfoxathome.com

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    1. i'm so with you on this one. A break from the religiosity and the obligation that comes with a sunday service really helps to clear the mind, allowing one to refocus on Jesus.

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  9. I kinda hear you. When we first married, I was one of the song leaders and hubs was the sound guy. That was all good till the kids arrived. Where do you fit in Jammin' with the Lamb (and the rest of the band) with kids? At home. Hubs now sports a Ukelele and we do stories and songs of an evening. Sometimes it's a great jam session, and you can really sense the Holy Spirit there. Other times are short, but still sweet. Other times it's crankin' the sterio (Mr. 3 digs Chris Tomlin at the moment).And finding time for reading the Bible for a decent amount of time is a challenge - and it's often interrupted. There's a cool kids group at our church, so we love taking them over for that. Keep looking up Em. And enjoy filling their little hearts with a love for Jesus. To everthing there is a season. :)
    Sheree x0x

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    1. "Enjoy filling their hearts with a love for Jesus. To everything there is a season".....I love your words.
      Liv x

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  10. So cool! I didn't know you guys were Christians. My husband plays guitar too and we play/write a lot of worship music. I was actually raised agnostic until coming to Christ last November, and my husband was agnostic (6 years of philosophy!) and almost two months ago came to Christ as well, it was pretty amazing, because I never expected him to become a believer for a long time. It's been a beautiful time, even though we're dealing with a lot of problems w/ friends and family who are anti-Christian. It's wonderful to see more people sharing their faith in Jesus, sometimes I think people are afraid to share. I hope you guys can find a good church, it is good to have fellowship and meet in the 'body of Christ' and many have childcare. :)

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    1. great to hear, love hearing of people finding the Lord! xx

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  11. After 6 years of living in a Christian community, we moved back to "normal life" and felt suddenly so alone. Joining a local church has been great for us, not perfect, and never easy with three littles, but worth it in so many ways. I admire you guys for making every effort to share your love of Jesus with your kids, in whatever way you can manage. For me, I'm inspired to wipe the dust off my guitar in the corner of the bedroom and have a mini jam session!

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  12. It's a journey isn't it, this life? I love it that Jesus meets us where we are x

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  13. Great post Em. I'm always a bit hesitant to post about my faith so well done you. I love this because recently we've found ourselves 'living remotely' meaning it's a very long way into town to go to an actual church service. But I don't believe attending a service makes me a better Christian (although being a part of the community and sharing ideas and values with others is super beneficial). Our church is our home too, and our prayer together just as husband and wife will suffice for now.

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  14. We have had a similar journey, a little different - but we have not gone to 'organised' church now regularly for about five years. A few different reasons, but basically, we felt like we did not fit, our walk did not fit with time slots and formality. Also two Aspergers sons with complete sensory overload did not help.

    Now our kids are a bit older - we love sharing the word, they are hungry for it, which blesses my soul. They love to pray and to see them seeking the Lord now - words cannot describe. Thanks for sharing your journey Em - it truly blesses me! xxx Rach

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    1. I too find Church a bit of a sensory overload - not aspergers, just an introvert.

      We all get where we need to be, there are so many paths

      xo em

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  15. I read the Bible on the toilet!

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    1. YEAH!! dunny devotions!

      What a killer idea!

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  16. Thanks for sharing lady. I'd always wondered...
    So stoked that you folk love Jesus. I'd love to get in on some of those diner time sessions. Dave's inspired me to do some of my own.

    I feel like I get the whole home church thing but tbh on the other hand I love the richness and hardness of church community and feel like you're missing out. Although I'm sure some churches are insane to go to with kids.

    Sounds like you've got the important things in mind. What a blessing to hear.

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    1. there are some things that i miss about organised church, but there are plenty of things that i don't. on balance we're pretty happy - for me the main focus is on trying to live how jesus told us to and teaching our kids the same.

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  17. Lovely post. we're not currently attending a regular service but have the incredible opportunity to take Nora to a bible garden that a friend from our old church has set up for children. The children attend with their parents to Pam's house and learn about seedlings and caring for the garden while Pam talks about Jesus and the way in which our lives and spirit are connected to nature and the beautiful earth we have been blessed with. I think it is an incredible way to connect with children and I find myself deeply considering certain aspects upon leaving. An almost organic way of evolving our relationship with Jesus.

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    1. I literally cried reading this. goosebumps.

      so perfect. SO exactly what Jesus would be doing!


      xx

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    2. THAT SOUNDS AMAZING I WANT TO DO IT NOW! EEEEEEP

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  18. Life is messy, but I love that you are taking faith in stride with how life is right now. On Sunday I looked around at the village that had raised me. It was so sweet to be able to recognize the people that had seen me at by bests and worst yet still showed me Jesus. I grew up in an 'organized' or community church whereas my cousins did church at home. In the end we all still love Jesus

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  19. I just adore this post! Glad to learn that you and your family love Jesus, too!

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  20. Love this friend! We have had to adjust and re-adjust our church life as we-and our kids- have grown and changed. currently we are attending an Aglican (american Episcopalian) church in our neighborhood. So far it feels like the best fit yet. However it wasn't too long ago where we were exactly where you are, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Teaching your kids about Jesus yourself will create a root way down inside them, just as they are. xoxo

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  21. loved reading this, very inspiring........i love that he "just loves us".........where were at

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em