Our congregation, pastors, and staff write devotionals to help us experience the seasons of Lent (before Easter) and Advent (before Christmas) more fully. They are posted below with the most recent on top and do not post until the season begins.

April 15, 2017

Linda Wiseman

My name is Linda Wiseman and I have been attending Bel Air Church since 2011. I am blessed with two young adult children, an amazing husband and a fulfilling real estate career. I was fortunate to have found the church after losing my older sister in a tragic accident. I grew up in a Christian home and unfortunately, after moving out as a young adult, I thought I no longer needed to have a close relationship with God. Losing my older sister created a yearning to reestablish my relationship with God and made me realize I needed Him in my everyday life. My husband and daughter were very instrumental in finding the church and I am so thankful to them for that and the impact it has had on my whole family.

I have drawn nearer to God by regularly attending Sunday worship and actively participating in the “Monday Night Women’s Bible Study.” The friends that I have made on Monday night have given me a comfort that has allowed me to be more open and forthcoming with my feelings, which doesn’t come easily for me. I later realized, when sharing my feelings with the group, I was being healed in many ways and I am so thankful for the growth and healing that has taken place in me as a result of attending the Women’s Bible Study. God prepared and guided me there and it was in His grace that I have grown closer to Him. I also find myself drawing nearer to God when I can slow down my busy life and just enjoy my natural surroundings that He has created for us.

The “Triumphal Entry” reminds me of how often God gives me instructions and patiently waits to see what I am going to do with them. Upon reflection, I can see how often the Lord has placed people in my life to teach and stretch me. God never imposes Himself in my life, instead he patiently waits to see how I am going to respond to the situation that lies before me.

I am thankful for my life and the moments when I feel close to God and I know that He is always by my side. God is calling me to be ready to receive whether it is a lesson or a gift.




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