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 and week, 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. Because of your generosity, lives are being changed by God’s grace, and we’re able to share these stories with you here!

The Monday After Sunday, May 27 , 2013: Our Best for Him 

By Sheryll Belonga

Have you ever felt alone in a crowded room?  Though many around you experiencing the same thing you are experiencing, you still feel all alone?

Upon praying about what God would have me write, He led me to His word.  I began to read where Pastor Kelly had started, which was in Exodus 33:1-6 and then went on to read verses 7-11 and stopped there.  In theses verses, we find the writer talking about the tent of meeting.

The “Tent of Meeting” was where people would go to seek the Lord.  When Moses would go to the tent of meeting to seek the Lord, the people would stand and watch.  They watched and they waited for a sign of God’s presence.  A cloud would cover the entrance of the tent and that let them know that God was there.  At the site of this, they would begin to worship.  The verse that stood out to me the most was verse 11, which says that the Lord was speaking to Moses face to face like he would a friend.

Have you ever had a chance to meet with God and just have a friend talk?  You don’t have to go into a closed environment for that to happen; it can be done right where you are.

In the midst of all that goes on around us, we should be able to enter into the tent of meeting, our own place of prayer with God.  When the worship team lead us into worship we can view it as a cloud coming down signifying God’s presence. But like Pastor Kelly mentioned, before you enter the doors your heart should already be prepared to receive what God has for you.

I don’t know about you, but I was totally able to relate to what he said about Sunday mornings being the most stressful time of the week.  And I believe that it is the most stressful because it is the devil’s way of getting us to lose focus.  He doesn’t want us to have an open heart and mind.  He wants to present us with any distraction possible that would get us to walk through the doors of the church with our focus anywhere but God.

Something I try to do when I get to my seat in church is to kneel down and pray; I enter into my tent of meeting.  I don’t remember when I started this habit but I have been doing it for many years now.  This isn’t always easy to do because I still wonder what people will think.  To help me to ignore that feeling I pray that God help me to not be concerned with who sees me or who doesn’t.  I don’t want to worry about being seen when I kneel to pray or when I stand to worship.  My desire is to focus only on God and this time that I have with Him.  I pray that God will remove any distractions and help me to receive what He has for me that day and that the message will speak to my heart.  I do this because I don’t want what happened before I walked in that door to continue to affect my spirit.  I want my spirit to be at peace and my heart open to receive God.

On Sundays my goal on is to be alone in a crowd, because at that time nothing else matters but Him.

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.

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