July 31 – Daily Dose

Deedee Muehlbauer is this week’s writer for Daily Dose. Here is an introductory note written by Deedee. I am the wife of John, homeschooling mom to Noel and Jack and a variety of animals, avid AFUMC volunteer and member for fifteen years, current AFUMC Missions chairperson, former school teacher, published writer, and most importantly, I’m a daughter of the King. The Church - The Saints and Members of the Household of God "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." --Ephesians 2:19-22 I love my church family at AFUMC. My contact list in my phone is mostly my church friends; the people I “hang out with” are church friends; the people I text or talk to during the week are church friends. I love these friends dearly. So, when someone says “the church”, I see a wave of faces of people I know and love. These are the people I would call in the middle of the night if I needed something, and I know they’d be there. These are people that have brought my family meals, blankets, and flowers through all life’s trials. These are the people that pray for me and guide me and listen when I need an ear. These are people I cry with, laugh with, and praise God that are in my life. How did I make these friends? It’s really a simple formula. I went to church and got involved. Once we accept Christ, Paul tells us in Ephesians that we were once “far off” but were “brought near by the blood of Christ.” He goes on to say, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,” (Eph 2:19). I’m so thankful to be a fellow citizen with the saints and members of the household of God at AFUMC. Deedee Muehlbauer