Church in My Backyard

I’m not the most observant person in the world. Case in point: We helped move our daughter and son-in-law to a townhome in a new city last November, visited them on New Year’s weekend, and then again over spring break, and it wasn’t until this last trip that I noticed they have a church in their backyard — or side yard or whatever you want to call it. The point is it’s right there.

Imagine my delight when I looked out the upstairs bedroom window early one morning before anyone else was stirring and saw a church tucked behind the stand of trees lining their development. Wow, I thought. They’ve got a church right in their backyard! I could feel a blog post coming on so I grabbed my camera and started snapping away.

Even though Kristin and Shawn don’t attend this particular church, I’m still excited to think they have a church — such a visible reminder of God — standing tall and strong so close to their home. A picture of God, if you will, living in their midst, watching over them, inspiring worship and peace for any who will open their eyes and see (the way I finally did!).

Believe it or not, I have a church in my backyard, too. No, it’s not a beautiful building made of stone and brick. It’s simply my yard. But it’s filled with visible reminders of God. The trees, the grass, the birds, the breeze all point to Him and remind me that He’s living in my midst. He’s watching over me, and yes, inspiring worship and peace when I take the time to lift my eyes and turn my thoughts toward Him.

Amazing, huh? I can’t help but proclaim, “Wow — I’ve got a church in my backyard!” How about you?

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song…” Psalm 98:4

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  1. Living in close proximity to the King…

    everyday and in every big and small way.

    The right way to live!

    Blessed peace to you and yours as you walk your Easter, friend.


  2. Nice post! Happy Easter!!
    He is Risen!!

  3. I’ve got a church in my backyard. :0) Lovely post, Cheryl. I live in a condo and so I don’t have a yard or a church nearby, but I have a porch in the summer and a corner in my bedroom in the winter that serves as places of worship. It’s so important to have one no matter where you live. Thanks Cheryl and Happy Easter! :0)

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