You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, after the music fades and our cars leave the parking lot, pieces of the message tend to fade, too; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; leave your thoughts in the comments below so we can create conversation and encouragement!

The Monday After Sunday, January 20, 2013: Our Urgent Need: A New Self Awareness

By Sheryll Belonga

I don’t remember the exact day that I first realized I was in love.  As I think back, I remember  feeling total happiness.  I remember feeling as if nothing and no one else mattered to me.

My life now looks a little different, and the time that I once spent lingering in His presence is no more. In the past, my days were spent either with thoughts of Him or being with Him.  In my present, I have reduced meaningful time with God to a simple prayer in passing as I go about my day. I liken it to being in a marriage where the connection and intimacy that you once had is gone, having allowed the business in life to pull you away from what matters most; and when that happens little holes in the foundation can form that may eventually destroy what you’ve built.

Before you know it you find yourself behaving in ways you hadn’t before.  To raise your voice has become second nature and going to bed angry no longer leaves you restless. You have forgotten what it means to be in a right relationship with one another.

We can allow our relationship with God to take the same turn.  The things we used to do, we no longer do and those things that displease Him become a part of our life.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.  Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.”   Revelation 2:4-5a

How far have you fallen?  For some of us it is as easy as setting aside time to be with Him and asking for His forgiveness for not keeping time with Him a priority in our life.  For others our fall has been much greater, but the same steps apply.

“Wash and make yourselves clean.  Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.  Learn to do right” Isaiah 1:16-17a

Ask God to forgive your sin and He will welcome you with open arms.  It can start with a simple prayer:

God, I know I have forgotten You, and I ask You to forgive me.  I ask that You forgive my sin and that you cleanse me and make me whole.  I acknowledge Your existence in my life but don’t sit in Your presence. God, I pray that you will draw me near to You.  Help me to once again long for time with You where I can be reminded of your ways.  Help me to once again desire to do what is right in your sight. In Jesus name.  Amen.

Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to partner with God in His work of transforming lives. Thank you!

Sheryll Belonga is wife to Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her hearts desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

3 thoughts on “The Monday After: Our Urgent Need: A New Self Awareness {Sheryll}

  1. I always have good intentions of pulling out my Immanuel Life from yesterday and review it, possibly using it as a study guide for the week; this is also always my excuse for not bringing my Bible on Sundays, “I will use my own Bible tomorrow and just follow along today.” I am so glad that a friend told me to go on the Immanuel site to read the blogs and I thak you all for allowing God to work in your lives.

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