I've always been a believer. For as long as I can remember, I've known God existed.
Growing up, my parents took me to church every Sunday. There I learned about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I learned about Heaven and Hell. I learned about sin, repentance, and forgiveness.
I took what I learned and applied it to my everyday life. I did what I learned to be right, and I avoided what I learned to be wrong.
I was a good person. I was a Christian.
When I came to know the man I now call my husband, he showed me there was more to being a child of God than just doing the right thing. He told me about salvation, claiming Jesus as my personal Savior, and entering into a committed relationship with my Creator.
Since then, my life has reflected a new level of Christianity, inclusive of more prayer, more love, more faith, and more joy.
With all that also came more fear and more anxiety. I have struggled with imperfection, guilt, and a constant feeling of unworthiness.
Who am I that Christ would die for me?
A Christian counselor helped me understand God's grace, Jesus' sacrifice, and my own self-worth.
It's been quite a journey getting to know Jesus, and learning how to live my life for God.
I finally got to the point where I felt good about who I was as a Christian.
But the year 2013 has been an eye-opening experience for me...
You might have noticed I've not blogged in awhile. That's mostly because I haven't known what to say.
I've found myself in an unexpected place, seeking answers to questions I'd never before thought to ask.
Why do I believe in God?
What is faith?
Why do bad things happen?
How do I know the Bible is true?
It's scary and exciting at the same time. "Scary" because until this year, I didn't realize I don't know the answers to these questions. "Exciting" because I fully expect to know more as I move forward.
I ask you to pray for me as I continue my Christian journey, ever seeking a closer walk with God.
I encourage you to ask your own questions, and I pray you find the answers you are looking for.
And I invite you to join me as I offer further insight into my journey thus far, and as I share my findings in future blog posts.
Seeds of Faith - inspired by Elisha Skeen
My trust in God has carried me through the events that have transpired over the last six months of my life. But my faith has been shaken.
I looked down at the foundation of my belief in God, and I realized that I've become a little too eager to accept what others tell me about Him, about Jesus, and about the Bible. I believe what they believe simply because they told me it's true.
And now I've decided that's not good enough. I want to know more.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15
" Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Study to show thyself approved unto God...
That's exactly what I intend to do.