This morning I struggled so much to get my butt to church....and then proceeded to slip in and slip out as quickly and unnoticed as possible. Sadly, it's not the first time I've done this....nor will it be the last, I'm guessing. Through out this year I've struggled a lot with the idea of church. On the one hand I see the value in meeting together with other Christians....to come together to praise God and build each other up and learn more about Him from His word. And I know that when I go weeks without stepping foot into a church, my faith begins to stagger and my relationship with God begins to suffer. But..sometimes....its just awkward for me to actually GO to church. Honestly, I feel so much more comfortable sitting in a coffee shop with some friends pouring over scripture and talking about God...than I feel during the hour and half I spend seated with the congregation at church on a typical Sunday morning. But I also believe that the church is the Bride of Christ, His beloved...and in that sense I would never give up on her! So even though I have mornings where I'm sitting in service contemplating different exit strategies and crafty ways to avoid the uncomfortableness of the crowd....I'll keep going...and trust that in doing so, God is honored. But I have to know....am I alone in this struggle?!?! Has anyone else ever felt this way too?