We the Christian family of Blakely First United Methodist Church are called of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to provide an environment of acceptance and unconditional love through worship, fellowship, teaching and service that equip us to make disciples by sharing our faith and ministering to the needs of others.

news and events

  • this week at blakely fuMC

    March 12 - Sonshine Circle meets at 5 pm

    March 17 - UMM Fellowship, 8:30 am

    March 17 - Private Event in Friendship Hall

    Every week - Kingdom Kids/Xtreme, Wed. at 5 pm

                          All Youth, Sun. at 6pm, Jr. High, Wed. at 5:30 pm, Sr. High, Wed. at 7 pm

                          Family Night Supper, Wed. at 6:30 pm

                          Chancel Choir practice, Wed. at 7 pm

  • upcoming events

    March 20 - Nursing Home Visitation, 10:15 am

    March 21 - Young at Hearts covered dish luncheon, 11 am

    March 23 - Private Event in Friendship Hall

    March 23 - Life Line Screening, by appointment only

    March 23-24 - UMW, Epworth by the Sea

    March 24 - Peanut Proud, KK/Extreme Parade

    March  25 - Palm Sunday

    March 26-30 - Holy Week Services, 12 noon

    March 31 - Easter Egg Hunt, 10 am

  • special events

    March 24 - Peanut Proud

    March 25 - Palm Sunday

    March 26-30 - Holy Week services, 12 noon

    March 31 - Easter Egg Hunt, 10 am

    April 1 - Easter Services

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pastor's corner

     Rev. Donald "Scott" Brenton

Watch Over Your Heart

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

Just how exactly do you "watch over your heart"?

Well, there are several ways actually.  It includes the regular practice of praying, giving, tithing, repentance, forgiveness, church attendance Holy Communion, service, witness and other such spiritual disciplines.

This won't come as a surprise, but such things are often viewed as a chore, sort of like taking out the trash.  It's not something you necessarily want to do, but something that must be done if you want to avoid the smell.  In fact, any sort of authentic godly life in an otherwise secular culture is experienced as a long uphill climb or trying to swim against the tide.  The fact that such endurance is required is one of the reasons Proverbs finds it necessary to remind us to watch over our hearts. 

If you need proof that watching over your heart requires diligence, just make a list of all the chores, chatter, and clutter that have recently accunulated in your life and then compare that list to the number of times recently hou have actually taken care of your own heart.  Which list is longer?

We're not talking here about your cholesterol level or aerobic exercise.  We're talking about the human heart's need for such things as intimacy, beauty, and adventure.

We have a deep need to be loved for who we are not just for how useful we can be.  So, when was the last time you have enjoyed just being you?  Who in your life enjoys you and all your silly little quirks?  When is the last time you let someone elso know how much you love their silly little quirks?

Our hearts are enlarged by beauty.  Can you remember the last time a sunset, or the look in a child's eyes, or a lover's touch stole your heart or took your breath away?

Adventure lends an otherwise untapped energy to your heart and life.  When is the last time you stole a moment out of your daily routine and took a good look around?  If the only time you ever get excited is when someone cuts you off in traffic or when you see only two cashiers at Walmart, you may need some adventure in your life. 

Yeah... That's all well and good but who has time to sit around holding hands and watching sunsets?  Who can afford to stop and smell the pine straw, much less the roses?  Actually, we really can't afford not to, 'lest the spring of life on our hearts dry up.  The stream will become a trickle, the trickle an unsatisfying drip, and then one day you'll notice even the drip is gone.  Life will become dull; just one 'blamed' thing after another, the people in your life will become a bother; God just another taskmaster.

The great commandment is "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind." (Matt. 22:37)  However, even though it's a commandment, I don't think it's something you can force yourself to obey.  It's not like when Mom told me to be nice to my sisters or else.  God's not saying, "Love me, or you're grounded."

Instead, It's more like you're unconscious and the emergency room doctor is standing over you rubbing those electric paddles together shouting, "Clear!" - to shock your heart into beating again.  "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart... Clear!"

It's really not about doing your spiritual chores.  It's about living - about being truly alive.  When was the last time you actually just sat with God and enjoyed each other's presence?  You may be asking God for your daily bread, and for your team to win the game, and healing for Aunt Mattie's wart.  But when was the last time you told the Lord that you love Him just for who He is, and not just for what He's done for you lately, and mean it?  Try it.

Really.  Try it.  Often. As you get reacquainted with the amazing notion that God loves you -- and everybody elso for that matter - just because that's who God is - a sense of wonder will begin to come back in drips at first.  A trickle of fondness for sunsets and children will begin to develop and grow.  That's not to say your loved one's irritating habits will no longer be irritating.  It's just that your loved one will be irritating n a more endearing way so that you'll feel you can put up with it if that's what it cost just to be with them.  The traffic will still be crazy, and you will still dislike standing in line at Walmart, and you will still have to putter though your routines and chores.  Only now, your heart will have been enlarged and your breath taken away by God, who has un-dammed your heart and let the springs of life pour forth.

My advice?  Go with the flow.

"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life." 

In Christ, 

Brother Scott

See you Sunday!