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Anticipation

Last year, I was booked for a sabbatical and, for six months leading up to it, I was so excited. I had so many plans that included taking time to reflect and consider the future. That may have been a bad thing because I did take a long, hard look at not only my future but also the future plans for my family. During the time I was on my sabbatical, I noticed a couple of people I went to high school with had passed away and that hit me rather hard. I spent a ton of time in anticipation for my sabbatical, looking forward to taking time away and reinvigorating myself for my return to work but what I was not anticipating was contemplating my future after ministry and my future after my lights go out for the last time.


You see, there are three things in my life that take priority, faith, family and friends. Jobs come and go, money comes and goes, power comes and goes but faith, family and friends are precious. There are people in my life I have known since I was a kid and when we chat, its like no time has gone by. My family has been with me through thick and thin.  When it comes to my faith, even though I wandered away for a time, He has never left my side. Since my sabbatical, my priorities have shifted and I am looking forward with great anticipation to what the Lord has in store for me, my family and my friends. For you see, God has shown us all the way to Glory and it is with great anticipation that I look forward to being with Him in that place and I know He will be with me, with us, until that day comes.


And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Phil 1:6 NLT


There are better things to come, I promise you that, because Jesus has promised it. When we focus on the things of this world, we focus on that which is temporary, finite. But to seek His will with anticipation is to seek an infinite future, eternity in Glory. Earnestly and eagerly seek Him in all you do, in all you are and, with all the power of the Holy Spirit, help others to see and embrace His eternity.


We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation. For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance. Heb 6:9b-12


Praise God for His blessings and grace and let us all anticipate the fulfillment of His promise soon to come.


This week we welcome Pastor Eryn Austin-Bergen and eagerly anticipate the message God has laid upon her heart. Our service is at 10:30 AM both online and in person. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB.  


Blessings,  



Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

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