freerangefriday: Take Church Outside

by Lilly Lewin
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by Lilly Lewin,

When I was a teenager, I found God outside in nature. I loved retreats, camp, and just being in nature by taking a walk. I often tell the story of sitting in the balcony at my church growing up and watching the wind blow the trees outside and thinking, “ I wonder what God is up to out there?”, because I wasn’t really seeing Jesus inside! Maybe you too experience the presence of Jesus more out in nature than you do in a building. Maybe it’s time to take church outside!

This weekend, take yourself, and /or your family on a PARABLE WALK… allow Jesus to speak to you through what you see along the way. Begin by reading a psalm together or just the verse below… What do you notice? What do you hear?

Take time to listen, to look, to be surprised! Ask Jesus to speak to you!

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What is Jesus inviting you to notice?

What is Jesus saying to you through the bark of a tree… or a color that you notice?

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What are my wounds… scars that are healing?

You can take a walk and also take time to just sit still and breathe in the beauty of a place. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you anew as the wind blows over you!

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Let God hold your Hand


I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

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How can I be more rooted in love?

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