Perfect Church

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I longed to find the perfect church,

but flaws were all I found

looking for the perfect fit

I searched for Holy ground

nothing more than walls and doors

each church was much the same

until the day I heard His voice-

 I heard Him call my name

and praise the Lord, I knew right then

I’d never be the same

The heart is where the home is

And Jesus lives in mine

I know his light is with me

And I’m gonna let it shine

His Holy Spirit, His perfect love,  

 lives and dwells in me

And in Jesus Christ, we all become

one big “church” family!

 After years of driving by this lovely little church, I got my youngest daughter to take a drive-by photo of it.  Every time I pass by it, I am reminded of the little school house “church” in Little House on the Prairie. As a child, I longed for a little school house church to go to every Sunday.  From a very early age, this is exactly what I thought a perfect church should look like.  I longed to find a church family, but after years of searching, I had given up.

“Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,

we will come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves!”

This is one of the many hymns I remember being sung on Little House, in that little church.  A place where people gathered and praised God for their harvests, for their simple lives. People came together time and again to help each other and to meet each other’s needs.  After all the churches I had visited over the years, I doubted I’d ever find my church “home”.  Then one day I realized –

I wasn’t searching for a place– I was searching for Him.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13

I was never going to find Him in a place…He was right there with me- in my heart all along.  

And once I found Him, that picture of a perfect church vanished.  No longer was it a place to meet my needs- it was a place to give, to love, and to serve.  There is no perfect church- but there is a perfect God who perfectly places us where He wants us to bloom.  I am forever grateful for all He has done for me- and I am humbled and honored that I “get to” serve Him and lead our church in worship each week.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony-  Colossians 3:14

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Julie is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has a passion for leading worship, writing songs, preaching, teaching, and thrift store shopping. Julie has two amazing teenage daughters, two dogs ("fur babies"), and one wonderful hubby :)

13 thoughts on “Perfect Church

    1. “As long as I am part of a church it will never be perfect”- you’ve got that right!! Thank God for His grace, and that He’s still working on us!! Hope your day has been a great one 🙂

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  1. Amen… this is a beautiful church, and a beautiful post. In a day and age where the majority of people go “church shopping,” hopping from place to place searching for a perfect fit, this message couldn’t be more needed. Our fulfillment comes from Him alone… thanks for sharing this!

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    1. “Our fulfillment comes from Him alone…” Beautifully said :). I heard someone say there’s a reason we call it a worship service- because it is a place for us to serve- not to be served! Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading!

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  2. “From a very early age, this is exactly what I thought a perfect church should look like.”

    What a lovely post Julie. So often we all look for perfect out there. In so many ways. Never realising to look a little closer! I know I have and do. Thank you.

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    1. When my husband and I found our church 10 years ago, it wasn’t that little school house church, but we felt the Lords presence- and the people loved us. He has truly opened my eyes…and heart. It has been a wonderful journey learning to walk with Him….one I look forward to everyday!!! Blessings to you 🙂

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  3. In searching for Him, He finds us. You have found your home church, but as you say, God is alive in your heart wherever you are. Blessings and thanks!

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  4. Oh yes, this is beautiful! “I wasn’t searching for a place, I was searching for HIM”. I’m sure that opened so many doors of beauty for you, bc HE is everywhere. It’s true there are no perfect churches or families for that matter, but HIS grace makes the messy beautiful. xo

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