I've been having trouble blogging because:
A. I'm lazy
B. My kids have been home all summer.
C. I've been crushing candy.
D. All of the above.
If you picked D, you're a winner! Holy moly do I have focus issues. But you just wait. The kidlets return to school on Monday and imma rock this blog! Holla!
Today, I was reflecting on my new spiritual journey and all the great things that have been happening. I'm super happy and feel like life has gotten so much better. Not that life was bad before. But now it has whole new meaning, purpose, and joy. I still feel shy about sharing a lot. There's a couple of reasons for this:
- I fear I'll turn you off. A few months ago, if YOU had talked to me or shared with me any of this, I would have tuned you out. I would have been defensive and annoyed. Truly. I KNOW there will be those of you who will feel exactly this. But I hope most of you won't.
- Claire has expressed how much of a "dork" she thinks I am, to have found this new path. Usually this is related to me listen to The Message on XM radio. I'm being patient with her, praying that she realizes the importance of it all. I'm quite sure I'll be placed in a "dork" category with some folks. That's ok. I'm gonna keep on jammin' to The Message.
- I still don't feel confident explaining all the truths I'm learning. I learned a lot in Sunday School as a child, but forgot so much. And let's face it. There's SO MUCH to learn. It's never ending. I would like to have intelligent conversations with people though, so I'll keep learning.
As I've immersed myself in this whole new way of life, I've read/watched/listened to many resources that have taught me so much in a short amount of time. I thought I'd share what I've been tuning into.
Some of these resources may be familiar to you, as I've posted about a few in a previous post.
- Every morning I read the Bible. I have a copy of The Message Bible by Eugene Peterson. I can't tell you how important this Bible is to me. I can read AND understand it. There's even a description of each book of the Bible, prior the book itself. So you kind of have a broad understanding of what you're about to read. It's so helpful.
- I have an app on my phone that has the Bible broken down into manageable reading lengths. I stay on track as I read and check off boxes as I go. I looovvee to check off boxes that I've read the passages. And you never know when you're gonna want/need to read the bible do you? You have your phone with you most of the time right? Now you have a bible with you. Awesome.
- Some other apps I have on my phone are Daily Devotionals, Joel Osteen (there's a daily devotion on this app too), and Blessings of Francis Chan. I love to have devotionals on my phone to read wherever I am.
- Speaking of Francis Chan, I just finished reading Crazy Love. I loved this book and it's powerful message. I loved that the book has a website with video messages by Chan for every chapter. He is amazing. Check out www.crazylovebook.com to see what I'm talking about. I watch his sermons on the above app on my phone. My kids think I'm crazy. But I love it!!
- As part of reading my Bible in the morning, I read a Made to Crave Devotional. Remember, the Made to Crave book I told you about? By Lysa TerKeurst? Loved that book. And it comes with a devotional that I can read every morning. I love how she writes and I look forward to reading it every day.
- I'm continuing to attend Epic church (www.epiccommunitychurch.org)and loving every minute of it. In fact, in the fall, I'm signing up for an LOL (Life on Life) group where adults from church meet outside of church and discuss a book or some other topic relative to Christian life. Crazy Love was one of the books discussed in the past. Seven, by Jen Hatmaker, was also an LOL topic in the past. I've bought the book but haven't read it yet. I'm very excited to get to know some more people from my church and learn more about God.
- And yes, I've continued to see BUTTERFLIES everywhere. They make me smile every time.
Let me know if you have any questions about all this great stuff. I can't promise I have the answers but I can sure tell you what I think.
As always, thanks so much for checking in at On My Own Nerves. I appreciate your visit!