You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, August 3, 2014: The Gospel {click HERE to listen!}

By Sheryll Belonga

The Gospel message was first presented to me at age 13. I had attended church through going to catholic school and with my family on Sundays, but I never felt it the way I did that day. On that day there was a tugging at my heart and I know that it was God. I asked Him to come into my heart that day and be a part of my life and He did.  I didn’t have anyone to guide me and help to nourish that relationship until I graduated high school. It was then that I encountered God like never before.  But like some college students I became tempted by the things of the world and left my faith in pursuit of pleasing my flesh. That little party lasted until I became so full of regret and remorse, battles raging inside of me. I could no longer resist God calling me back to Him.

When I answered the call, there was a weight that lifted off of me. I realized that by letting go and relinquishing control I could relax knowing that someone who had my best interest at heart would be caring for me. That doesn’t mean it was easy, but my biggest struggles came when I wanted to be outside of His will. My freedom came when I began to seek His will and His agenda above mine. Pastor Bryan reminded me of the freedom in that.

I feel free because I know my heart is in the right place and my focus is on God.

I feel free because of His grace and mercy He gives me daily.

I feel free because this life is a journey which includes my mistakes, and I won’t stop being transformed until death.

I feel free because He loves me unconditionally and He chose me in spite of my mess and my mistakes.

He loves me, He really loves ME.  I don’t have to do anything to get Him to love me or to keep His love, He just gives it freely.  I make mistakes but His love never goes away.

When I became pregnant with our first child I had no idea what he would do or how he would behave but he had my heart. Before I laid eyes on him he had captured me soul. Every part of me was touched by him and that would never change. I now have three boys, and I tell them often that there is nothing they could ever do to make me stop loving them. There isn’t anything they have to do to get my love, I give it freely.

Each day I try to live as God wants me to do; some days are better than other, but there isn’t a day I don’t apologize for something. When I say I am sorry,  I am forgiven. It is that simple, and there is freedom in that.

God, if I am honest,  I don’t always feel free but today I do. Help me to get past the feeling and operate out of the knowing.  When I forget, God, please remind me.  Help me also to learn to forgive myself as quickly as you for give me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

sheryll headshotSheryll 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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