Sunday, April 17, 2011

Being 'The Visitors'

Despite the fact that we have lived in Fort Smith for over 10 months, Josh and I still feel like we just moved here. We still feel like we are visitors to this city and we have yet to establish any roots. In my opinion this is because we have yet to find a church home. We have visited (and revisited) countless churches and can't seem to find one that fits us. It gets quite discouraging; so much in fact that we haven't even visited a church since the new year. We make excuses of being out of town or having friends for the weekend but it is pretty obvious, we are exhausted of being 'the visitors'. 

Being 'the visitors' at church means you constantly have to introduce yourself, repeat your story of 'looking for a home church', and make awkward small-talk to well-meaning members. I know it's part of it all, but Ugh! This is the reason that Josh and I have started conducting our own little church at home. Each night we sit down and spend time together with God, and on (most) Sunday mornings we eat breakfast while watching online-sermons from our previous church in Little Rock. Words cannot describe how amazing it is to grow closer to God and to each other. I love reading and praying over God's word with Josh; it has truly been a blessing to our marriage. 

But it is time we find a congregation of believers here in Fort Smith. We need the Christian fellowship and support only a church can bring. That's why we are heading back out there again...we are going to visit (and revisit) more churches in attempt to call one home.

Please pray that God leads us to a place that needs us just as much as we need them. 


  1. Will do. I've found a church in a coffee shop. God told this man(named Josh) to open a coffee shop and it's been open for 3 months in Beebe and around 20 people have been saved. That's more than my actual church has done in the past year. You really need to check this place out. I could go on and on about the miracles I have witnessed here

  2. It's really hard to get the feel of a church in one visit, and harder still to get it just by visiting worship. Go to Bible class, too, and check out their websites, too, to see their beliefs, missions and programs. Good luck!