Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

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Location: North Platte, Nebraska, United States

I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

COMMUNITY

Frequently our local paper runs an article that lists the "10 Best Communities". I always look and try really hard not to be surprised that none of the communities I have ever lived in are listed. They (someone, not sure who THEY are) rate the communities based on crime rates, unemployment rates, availability of housing, school scores and business opportunities. To "them" this is what makes a community a good place to be.
As most of you know, a couple of weeks ago, I was blessed to get to speak in Worland, Wyoming. And while there were some people there I knew and some I knew only through email, I felt like I was part of their community! They made me feel like I was home---with family and friends. And it was wonderful! Last weekend I was with church family and old friends in Grand Island, Nebraska, and again I felt like part of their community! And then, Sunday night we had 26 people at our house for bible study and fellowship! I almost cried as I sat and listened to my brothers and sisters in Christ sing and praise God! I cannot think of any group of people I would rather be a part of than these. What a blessing!
If I had to make a list of the "10 Best Communities" to live in, work with, be with, I would have only one--the church, the community of believers. It is in this community, that one can thrive and grow and live.
Blessings
Neva

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! Me, too!


Pat

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

Community built by God's standards are always the best ones to be a part of.


Carlos

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love being part of the church community, too! It makes this journey so much better. Great post.

Rachel

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love being part of a community church too.

4:53 PM  
Blogger AncientWanderer said...

Welcome Back Neva

5:07 PM  
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5:07 PM  
Anonymous Jarrod said...

Why would anyone want to LIVE anywhere else?

What a great post!

Jarrod

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Georgian Peach said...

You are so right! Any other community is neither healthy nor safe. Why is it so difficult for us to remember that? It seems we make frequent forays into the communities of darkness and evil and then come limping home, wounded, scarred and hurting.
I really love this post, Neva.

Georgia

8:36 AM  
Anonymous jamie riley said...

I'm with you Neva...what a blessing we have received that we can be part of the family of God.

"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever!"


Thanks for the encouragement...

Have a blessed weekend!

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva,
I am sorry I have not been commenting much. I wanted you to know I am still reading every post. Things are super busy. Judd and I have two Bible studies a week at our house. It is wonderful but with school age kids it gets hectic. This is our last week of school and then we have summer vacation. We are planning a trip to Mt. Rushmore and wondered if North Platte was on the way. We both would love to meet the person who led us to the Lord and salvation. You changed our life and we are so grateful.
Love
Kara

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva dear,
I have been so busy lately that I haven't taken the time to read your posts. I am catching up this weekend. I am so thankful God has healed you and pray you are continuing to recover. I know you were a blessing to those ladies privileged enough to hear you speak.
About this post, we often take our church family for granted and forget how precious this community is and what an honor is to be a part of the body of Christ.
Good job, Neva.

Karin

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Love it! Love you!

Carol

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been in "communities" where I felt really welcomed and like I was such a part and I have been in others when no matter what I did, I never fit in---They didn't want "new" people and they made certain that evev a year later I was stll a "new" person. I could never ask them for prayers or help mostly because they made sure to turn down everything I offered. I wasn't even good enough to take a turn cleaning the building. It is so difficult to remain faithful when no one cares.

10:21 PM  

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