30/30 Challenge: Day 19

women's devotional bible #3030challenge

After seeing all the controversy over the “Bathroom Laws” I was forced to see something in myself that I’m really not proud of. If you’ve been following my blog, or even if you just stumbled your way here. You probably know by now that I’m a Christian and my faith is my life. It has gotten me through the hardest times and has led me to a very good place.

*BUT* I’ve been nervous. Once I started getting more than 2 followers, I became very aware of how I responded to comments. I’ve been cautious to avoid hot button issues. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that thinking before commenting is wise but there is a line between thoughtful and fearful.

The truth is, we’re kind of at war. Christians who hold to their values are like sitting ducks and I was so afraid, that though my blog is meant to be a source of encouragement, it would somehow offend some nameless person. Who in my heart I know doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things- but still.

Then as I was making my morning coffee, a thought formed in my head.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” -Jesus (John 15:18)

If you’re a Christian and you see the world is headed in the opposite direction of where you’re trying to go, you’re not alone. It’s rough. And that sly ol’ snake in the grass is getting more people on his team everyday.

But we knew it was coming; and it’ll get a lot worse before it gets better. As for me, though: I’m Christian and I’m proud. And if you have questions about my faith, check out one of these sites:

I’m going to be the person God wants me to be. And after my #3030challenge Bible study, I realize that means I’m going to face some opposition in my life. It’s inevitable. And it’s okay, because I’m not alone.

“I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Jesus (Matthew 28:20)

I would like to thank all of you guys, too! The process of growing in faith is a challenge all on its own, because changing one’s ways isn’t easy. But your encouraging feedback, wisdom, and positivity has been tremendously helpful!

We’re in it together and that sense of community is invaluable, especially to people who are just starting out.

God bless you and yours!

*Rae

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7 thoughts on “30/30 Challenge: Day 19

  1. Rae, like you, I am a devout Christian and I was at first worried about my “audience”. I speak freely of my physical and mental issues and my challenges growing up. These do not always work in harmony. However, I decided from the beginning that I was going to put my Faith in my posts wherever I could and I thinking I am achieving that. Even if it is not outwardly mentioned, I always hope the feeling is there. I find your blog, and your faith, very refreshing.
    Blessings,
    Lydia!

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  2. Rae, I really appreciate you and all who just share their journey as honestly as possible. None of us have it all together. One day we are so inspired and the next we wonder where it went yet all the time, we try to love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength as well as doing the best we can to love and accept each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

    God bless you and keep on sharing your love for the Lord in good days and in struggling ones!

    Mike

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  3. Rae, none of us are “there”. We struggle, question, doubt in our quest to get there because we know “here” is not there. I’ve had so many misgivings about Christianity, the theology, that I needed to take it back to basics…..Jesus Christ, my Lord. That’s where I rest.

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  4. We certainly do need each other. I’m new at blogging and have been staying away from some of the controversy subjects. But then again this is my platform where I can speak my mind. I heard someone say that it’s ok if your blog offends people. Debate and controversy are healthy (to a point) and may bring more people to your site. That, I don’t know yet. But thanks for being honest. I need a good dose of strong honest people around me.

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