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Spotted this quote on pinterest this morning and I love it so much I had to share. I know that all of the people that have inspired my walk as a Christian have been filled with light. I've never understood the people that walk up to strangers with tracks or wave signs with disturbing images about hell. Has this ever in the history of the world impacted someone's life positively? God can certainly use anything but I assume the numbers are pretty low.

Sam and I are starting a couple's small group this fall that will last for 18 months. We are really excited to get to know friends in our same life chapter that love Jesus. We all have young kids, jobs, responsibilities but we are making a commitment each week to grow and hold each other accountable and to be in community. It's something that I've wanted to be part of our lives and I'm thankful that it will be. Now to find a babysitter for each week... that's a whole other post! We have never left the girls with anyone but family. Deep breath.

We are also looking for a home church to become members of. We are visiting churches nearby in hopes that closer proximity will help us be more disciplined about getting there on time and each week. The hard part is we really love our church in Atlanta, but I worry that we can't get as plugged in because of the distance. We would love to be able to serve in our own community too...

Do you make a far drive to go to a church you love?

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  1. Hey Lesley,

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I'm not the best commenter, but I've resolved to do so more because I know how much I appreciate when I get feedback from my readers!

    We have found that it's really hard to be a part of a community of faith when you are far away. After trying to do the whole commute to church thing, we decided to look for churches closer to where we lived. It made all the difference. Only then can true community happen. The reality is, you aren't going to be able to easily hop in your car and drive 45 min- hour to take a meal to someone from church who had a baby and it's pretty hard to attend more than Sundays when you are far away or have a spontaneous bbq with church folks from down the road. Plus, we realized we wanted to live near the people we rubbed shoulders with each week at church. We wanted our kids to grow up with the consistency of a church family that they didn't just see from time to time in the church building.

    Sorry for the novel! I feel your pain. It's hard to find a place to call home, but it's so worth the time and effort to find it and ultimately, you have to get to the point where you just accept some quirks and imperfections for what they are and embrace the awesome, lovely family you'll gain by overlooking it because the perfect church doesn't exist… the church is always made up of imperfect people.

    We are now living in Joplin, Mo, but I know you are in or near Marietta, right? Check out Vineyard Community Church on Sandy Springs Rd. We know a lot of people that love it there.

    Good luck!

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    1. hi stephanie!! so great to hear from you. i am loving following you along on your adventures on IG. missed that you had moved! thank you so much for your comment. you reaffirmed several points that we had discussed for pros on finding a closer church. thank you for the recommendation! i'll be sure to check it out!

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    2. You are welcome! Best wishes in finding a home church and best wishes on the new small group. Sounds like it will be a great thing for you!

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  2. Good for you guys! I have some of the best memories from babysitters when I was younger, so I hope you find someone to leave them with for a little while! It could be a big treat for them!

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    1. me too! loved making friendship bracelets with my cool babysitters. ah, life in the 80's. thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. That is a really beautiful quote. So true!

    Finding a new church can be so hard.... especially if you've had (or do have) a great one already. Our church is about 1 mile from our home and I do think it really helps us show up to know how easy it is to get there. I will pray for your family in your search.

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    1. thank you so much jenna!! i really appreciate it. it is something that is really on my heart these days.

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  4. Love the quote. We were so, so lucky to have found our current church in our town, and we've plugged in to a small group we love as well. It was very much a God thing. We desperately needed to get involved in a church for our relationship, and our small group has been such an extra blessing. The child care, however, has been quite challenging for our group. :(

    Best of luck in your search for the perfect church and enjoy your group!

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    1. that's awesome ashley! so glad to hear that. child care... oy! it's something that we're just now considering. like emily said above, i did have such fond memories of having babysitters as a kid. hard to let go! xo

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  5. Gosh I love this. I really have learned the most from people in my life that have lived the love and truth they believe. I hope to do the same for others.

    We are lucky because we have our church ten minutes away and there are many families there so we have gotten involved in different things. I too want to be a part of the community. It can be so enriching. Hope we can connect in person too so we can chat about all these good things;)
    Anna

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    1. i have no doubts that you are anna! glad y'all have a church you love. let's please get together sometime. i would love that!

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  6. Gah, love that quote!! So perfect.

    And yes, we're going through the same thing with the whole church searchin'. We've been schlepping down to Buckhead for the past 6 years (not regularly) because we really love it there, but in reality it's not close enough for us. We just moved to Alpharetta and are hoping to find a church family that we fit into that is also closer to home. It makes it easier to be a part of the community and really get involved. Best of luck to you guys!

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    1. we have friends that love the buckhead church. it's hard... when you really connect with a church you are willing to make sacrifices, we are just not in that stage of life to be able to commit with distance, naps, etc. good luck carolyn!!

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  7. This is a beautiful quote. I drive 30 minutes to church, and it is tough sometimes because it is a very needy area, and they need lots of help, but it is a privilege to help people in need.

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  8. Jake and I have a hard time with the church/community/distance thing too. We love our Atlanta church but we loved living in Marietta. We only felt like part of our church community when we were in Atlanta which was only a couple of days a week (and less now that we temporarily live in Acworth). We are currently house shopping and one of my struggles is choosing between community/location and a home that really works for us. Anyway, I understand the dilemma. Let me know what church y'all land at - we might end up visiting there too!

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    1. i think you guys should get a house in marietta and go to church with us. :) will keep you posted! xo

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  9. love love love Madeleine L'Engle and that quote is perfect. I'm with you on the picketing and confrontational type of religion - my thoughts on all that is that Jesus loved on and accepted everyone - he was often seen eating with and having community with those that were viewed as sinners. It's never made sense to me to shove what I believe down someone's throat!

    On the church front - we found one 15 minutes from where we live and it has been amazing - I find I won't go if its too far away, unfortunately. But that's just me!!!! xo!

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  10. When we lived in Atlanta (kennesaw/canton/acworth area) we attended/worked for NorthStar and absolutely loved our small group. Now that we are in Denmark, we have a small group that meets in our home and my kids play in the next room over, but my daughter is older and can keep an eye on the other two. Childcare was always our greatest challenge, but getting a neighborhood teen to pop over for a couple hours might be great and everyone can chip in a little each week to cover her fee.

    Either way, I love the quote and couldn't agree more!

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  11. Somehow I missed this awesome post! We have a small group/life group and it's been so awesome!! Totally a new thing for me. This quote represents exactly what led me to seek Christ!

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