Sometimes it is the little things that make us realize how blessed our lives are.  Sometimes it is in the mundane that we find the true meaning and have to stop and reflect on what has happened and where we are.  So our Church (Journey Church) is growing…and no I don’t somehow think that this is the be-all of what it means to be a church, but as someone wiser than me once said: “healthy things tend to grow” and so it is not an entirely foreign concept to use to measure how things are going.  {Weeds grow too, and occasionally blossom, so we need to be careful with this as an only form of measurement.} Ok, so back to the church…Journey Church is a ‘replant’ movement, meaning that we took 2 groups of people and decided to revision and reimagine church together. It has gone swimmingly well.  Over the past 2 years we have made some changes, had some laughs, done some crying, prayed a lot and made what we have felt are the best decisions we can make.  Our church membership has been nothing but supportive and given more grace than we could ever have hoped for.  They have prayed when we asked, given when it was hard and seen beyond the walls and ourselves… and so we are growing.  I was struck by one of those signs today…the parking lot.  When I started here about 2 years ago, there were 2 cars…mine and the Office Manager.  We would here…just the 2 of us for some time. Then came another car and another…and today as I left the office…we had 7 cars in the parking lot.  And that is not all of our staff.  7 cars.  I know to some megachurches that would mean that most of the staff had gone home for the day, but for me it was a silent and thankful moment to reflect on all that God has done and what I get to be a part of.  We have made additional hires, some as recent as last week, and I feel that we are on the cusp of something phenomenal. You know sometimes we get wrapped up in what we don’t have rather than what we do.  What if we thought that God could only be effective? if we had 3 cars, or 10 or 100?  Use what you have…God will do the rest.  God can use 7 cars.  Be faithful with 7… that was my word today… “be faithful with 7.”