Give Me My Safe Christianity

Give Me My Safe Christianity

I attend church regularly. My husband is a deacon. I host a Bible study group and read my Bible on a regular basis. My  close circle of Christian friends wear no masks. We are pretty open with each other. We often share prayer requests with one another over Facebook or e-mail. Sometimes, my family volunteers for the Salvation Army to ring the Christmas kettle bell. We donate clothing to the homeless. We sponsor children through Compassion International and missionaries through Gospel for Asia. Occasionally I’ll write a blog post or two about God.  And even though I’m pretty nervous about it, and worried about what to say, I’m always ready to share about Jesus with anyone who asks. It rarely happens though, so I don’t really worry. The point is, I’m ready. I’m very Christian and I think most people who know me would agree. I try my best to follow God’s law and I’m careful about what I read or watch on television. I homeschool my kids and am raising them to love God. But there’s a problem with all this. It’s all safe. And I like it. The truth is, the more I’m learning about ‘real’ Christianity, the more I realize I’m not living it. Being a follower of Jesus in New Testament times was not an easy road to travel. Christians met in secret to avoid persecution. They prayed fervently with, and for, one another. Many of them lost their families. Many of them lost their lives. They loved Jesus and desperately tried to get others to listen. To point them towards hope. Salvation. In many...
Why I’m Rethinking Everything

Why I’m Rethinking Everything

My heart weighs heavy. This. This is what I want my kids to know: Power of The Meek I want them to know God’s power. I want them to know how much He loves and how much He wants to use us to help others. Have I done my job as a homeschool mom if they have learned reading, writing and arithmetic, but haven’t learned of God’s love? How to love others? How to love Him above all else? But how can I teach them something I don’t truly know myself? Do I love Him above all else? Do I show His love to others? To my kids? Didn’t I just snap at them for interrupting me as I’m concentrating on writing this? Thank God for grace, mercy and forgiveness. Thank you for second chances. For third. For ten million and twenty-third. Guide us. LEAD us. Take us on your journey.   These thoughts brought to you by the stirrings in my heart from reading Kristen Welch’s Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer...
To Wheat or Not to Wheat? That is the… Privilege?

To Wheat or Not to Wheat? That is the… Privilege?

The last couple months have been a blur of trials and titles. Wheat-free, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free. It all started with this post. I’ve scoured blogs, articles, medical resources and Pinterest for information, recipes and the truth about the foods we eat. But I’m shocked with what God showed me… So what is the truth? There are tons of articles claiming one side of the story, and just as many articles refuting them. There are people who blog passionately on both ends of the spectrum, and many who meet in the middle and tend to be a bit more balanced. But who’s right? In the end, I can only go by the testimonies of people I know who have shared with me about their families. Like the kind-hearted lady whose whole family has been able to go off of all kinds of medications for different maladies by going wheat-free and grain-free. Or my new friend who shared how her husband’s blood pressure and cholesterol has dropped to normal levels after only two months of removing wheat from his diet. They still eat fatty foods like bacon and butter, yet his own father continues to struggle with the same issues despite being on all kinds of medications and eating ‘low fat’, but still eating wheat. And then of course, there’s one of the most wonderful women I know, who has dropped her insulin from 60 mg a day to just 20 mg because removing wheat and sugar has made all the difference in her diabetes. I have no doubt that going wheat-free and gluten-free can definitely make a HUGE difference to...