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March 14, 2011

The Big “D”

The Big “D” and I don’t mean Dallas (or divorce). (Forgive the Mark Chesnutt reference.) I mean doubt. I’ve grown up in Christian circles. I accepted Christ at age six. I went to Christian schools, surrounded myself with Christian friends and even worked at a Christian company. All this to say, I’ve noticed something – doubt seems to give Christians the heebie-jeebies (yes, that’s a very technical term).

We don’t mean to do this to each other but many Christians don’t know how to respond when other Christians find themselves doubting faith. Somehow we expect non-Christians to doubt but not Christ followers.

Generally, I think many Christians see doubt as a weakness. I’m not sure I’ve seen enough evidence in Scripture for me to tell you it’s good, but I can say it’s healthy and normal.

Why?

Doubt challenges us to deepen our faith.

Doubt prompts us to ask questions that we might have missed the first time around.

Doubt motivates us to examine who Jesus really is and who we really are in light of what he did.

Doubt forces us to our knees and to the Word.

While mulling all this over, it dawned on me one day that so many faith greats have doubted or royally messed up. Yet, God still used them to achieve great things, draw them closer to himself, love and redeem them.

Doubting Thomas – needed proof that Jesus was alive and he did spend an abundant amount of time with him as his disciple.

David – there was the whole Bathsheba incident and yet, he is still a man after God’s own heart.

Peter – denied Christ three times and still God built the church upon him.

Remember these things as you or your fellow believer finds themselves with doubt. Come alongside of them. Extend grace. Be patient. Encourage honesty and openness. Pray for one another. Love each other. Remember God can use each of us – even the doubters among us.

 

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February 8, 2011

I Used To…

I believe our stories shape our lives. There are things that we choose to do that we may not be proud of. We have hurt others and others have hurt us. But each of these experiences shape us and mold us into something new.

Redemption.

Forgiveness.

Second Chances.

Praise God for new beginnings. Covered by his blood, we can start anew.

Drug addicts.

Prostitutes.

Liars.

Murderers.

Slanderers.

Offense. Offense. Offense.

If we are honest with ourselves, we are not unlike any of the above. Our depravity follows us closely. But it doesn’t have to define us. I often find encouragement and refreshment from those who are able to break free of who they used to be and establish a new life – a fresh start. Your story doesn’t have to be dramatic but a changed heart speaks for itself.

What’s your story?

I used to be___________ but now I am ____________.

I used to be lost but now I am found.

August 29, 2010

And So It Begins…

I never thought I’d start a blog. A friend asked me months ago if I would ever write. The thought of writing after graduate school simply disgusted me.  I used the excuse that I didn’t have anything new to contribute to the published world. Yet, the real problem was I didn’t know what I’d write about.  Over the past few months I have felt God stretching, teaching, and revealing new things to me.  I have felt overwhelmed by his love, lessons, and beautiful brokenness.  The work he is accomplishing is too amazing for me to keep quiet about and the renewed passion has given me strength beyond measure. I found myself telling anyone who would listen what I was learning.  It was then that I remembered my friend’s suggestion. So here I am today, writing again. My hope is that in my honest musings over these lessons I might encourage another. Be forewarned, I am a work in progress. I am one that has not achieved sanctification but am pressing on toward the goal in which God has called me (Phil. 3:14). I may stumble through this journey as I seek the Lord. I ask for grace in the process.

And so the overflow of my heart begins…

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