Thursday, April 1, 2010

Why Write?

Here is the place where I share my steps with Jesus as I learn to want to always align my heart with God’s. It’s not always easy to lay everything out here! I don’t do it for therapeutic purposes or for any type of recognition from anyone. I do it, simply, because two years ago God asked me too. That’s it. That’s why.

Out of the habitual practice of protecting myself through the years—like we all have in some way learned to do—I became very closed up. With my feelings, my walk with the Lord, my story of me and my daily testimony. I walked quietly, for the most part, except in certain small circles. Keeping all things Jesus, all things personal, all things painful, all things that really mattered—to myself.

And then about 2 years ago, God began asking me to open up and share my every day walk with Him. What started as a yahoo group with friends became this little corner of my world.

If you’re a believer—truly a believer of Jesus Christ—your walk entails different choices, different responses, different attitudes than those we most often see around us. When you mix with that hurts and woundings—both from the present and smoldering from the past—as well as interference from the evil one, there is a lot of breaking necessary for healing to begin. Breaking of thought patterns and erroneous responses; breaking of strongholds and sin; breaking free from Satan’s lies to live free in Christ.

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Gal. 5:1

Freedom eternally as well as freedom now—hence, the no longer walking in slavery part!

We all have areas in which we are or have been walking enslaved. We contribute to the presence of the yoke, but oftentimes that yoke is placed upon us by the workings of the evil one against us. He is the one wanting us enslaved. He is the one who works alongside our hurts and our grieving, our disappointments and our temptations, our confusion and our anger, our unbelief and our fear. He wants to keep us shackled and chained to despair and worthlessness—doubting God and His faithful goodness to us.

These past 2 years (as of tomorrow) have not been the beginning of my restoration in Jesus, but it has been the latest in the saga! ;) I share because God has shown me that when we are honest, transparent and vulnerable with one another grace has the opportunity to flow freely amongst us in healing waters of restoration, encouragement, repentance and yes—more freedom! Which results in more joy!

If you notice on my sidebar, there is a link to contact me. Many of you have and I just love hearing from you! Thank you!

Most everyone who does kindly writes that they appreciate the openness they find here as it helps them or gets them to thinking. Some feel challenged, some encouraged and others embrace hearing honest struggles about something they themselves are struggling with. That appreciation is usually then followed with one of the most often asked questions I receive—why? So there you have it, the long answer—imagine me being long on words!—to the short question... Why?

This also answers the other often asked question as to why I have the comment option turned off on individual postings. Although I believe that what is shared here is beneficial to others as well as myself, this is my walk with Jesus. It is a glimpse into what is going on between me and God each day, each season of my life. It’s not that I don’t want to hear what you have to say about it, but I also don’t want to get into any discussions about whether or not we agree on all things theological. But that is also why I give the contact link on the side. Because I do want to hear from you. I do care what you have to say. I want to be open to what you want to share honestly and openly with me.

Thank you for meeting with me here and keeping me accountable to God. Thank you for the generosity of kind words in your notes to me. Thank you for joining with me as we both set our hearts to seek after God. I am forever grateful for you and that I never journey alone!

May God’s blessings over you be rich and the peace you walk in deep!

Soli Deo Gloria!