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.

The Monday After Sunday, July 21, 2013: Everyday Heroes: Lydia {click HERE to listen!}

By Sheryll Belonga

How the Gospel came to me:

When I was 13, around Thanksgiving time, I went to a church meeting with my family.  We mostly went to the service because the church was giving away free turkeys after the message; but you had to sit through the message first. The service was held outside to accommodate all the people on a lovely day.  To this day, I can still clearly see that day and that innocent little girl in my mind. I don’t remember the message that day, but what I do remember is a strong tugging at the end of it.  The pastor had asked if there was anyone who wanted to make Christ a part of his or her life and as the tears began to fall, I walked up and said yes.  My walk with Christ began that day.  I wish I could say that like Lydia my household followed, but that was not the case.

Because my family only worshipped God, I had no one to help nurture the relationship I chose to begin.  So it was dormant until something inside me stirred again at the age of 17.  I was invited to go away to camp with the church my Aunt attended, and I agreed.  The camp was a week long and it was one of the best weeks of my life.  The tugging I had felt years before had grown into a yearning, an almost desperate desire for Christ.  As I gave into that desire the Holy Spirit overwhelmed me with His presence.  I no longer needed my family to help nurture what I could now do on my own.

How the Gospel captured my heart:

As the years went on I continued to worship Christ but did not give myself over to Him fully.  It wasn’t until I lost everything else  I had deemed priority in my life that He was able to get my full attention.  At that point I came to realize how much I needed Him.  I remember the hold He began to have on my heart, and He hasn’t let go of it since.

How the Gospel changed my life:

It became my desire to serve the Lord and draw others to Him no matter what anyone said or did.  He became my focus, and I turned to Him for everything.  I prayed that my family would begin to turn to Him as well.  It took years of me going to church alone and serving Him on my own before they finally did.  Eventually without my planning my family began to want what I had.  My mom eventually accepted Christ and became baptized along with my baby sister. Had I not allowed myself to answer His calling and turn to Him, who knows if my family would have as well? My heart remains focused on Him although I struggle at times.  But I can always rely on His nudge to bring me right back to where I should be — in His arms.

 

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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