Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Word on Wednesday... is back!!


Every since my computer went on the blitz and I posted about my nephew passing away, I have not really gotten back into the blog thing- including my Word on Wednesday. God convicted me over a year ago that my blog was serving no purpose for Him. He called me to start sharing His Word on my blog, and that's when I started my Word on Wednesday posts. But, let me tell you, it's not always easy. It can be very time consuming, a hassle, and tiring. But, it is worth it even if one person is touched! So, I am excited to say that I am starting them again!

When reading my Word on Wednesday posts, please do your own studying of the Word and praying about it. Just like with any other preacher, teacher, or person sharing the Word we listen to, we should always check up on what they are saying for ourselves through reading the Bible and praying. I am not perfect, only human "saved by grace through faith." I am also not your typical conservative, legalistic Southern Baptist girl (although I do attend a Southern Baptist church, which I love!) You might see my husband, Zack, and me having a drink, me wearing a bikini, Zack enjoying a cigar- things that so called, "good" Christians do not do, but please do not judge me. I know who I am in Christ and am confident in my strong faith and walk with Him. I know that I have not reached the goal, because we will all strive for that for the rest of our lives until we reach Heaven. I listen to what the Bible and Holy Spirit tells me what is "good" or "bad", "right" and "wrong", not other Christians who are sinners just like me. I will not try to push my convictions, opinions or likewise on you; I'll just be sharing what God lays on my heart from week to week...

I have been talking this week (through facebook) to an old friend from high school, who I have not been in contact with for almost 10 years. She used to be a Christian, and attended a church where her grandfather preached hell, fire and brimstone. In her life, she ran across too many legalistic, judgmental Christians who told her, "Do this, don't do that; do that, don't do this" that she has completely turned away from Christianity, saying, "my life and beliefs do not exactly fit those of Christians." I am not saying that those people are responsible for her, or that she is not responsible for her own actions. But, I do think it is so sad that fellow Christians in her life were more concerned with judging, pointing fingers, and pushing their own convictions on her than loving her, praying for her and just being an example for her. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of the Christians who think you can do whatever you want because you're saved and going to Heaven no matter what, or you can just ask for forgiveness later- I don't believe that in any way, shape or form. But, as I do believe that there are absolutes in the Bible and definite black and white truths, I do not believe that everything is black or white, right or wrong. I believe that every Christian has the Holy Spirit living inside us, guiding and convicting us each personally. So, before anyone reading this starts to think they are "better" Christians, or starts to judge others, I hope they will remember that God is the ultimate judge- we are here to serve Him and love others. Please check out this Word on Wednesday for more on that...

"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." Romans 15:5-7


I love you all and hope that somehow I am able to be a blessing to you through my Lord Jesus Christ and His Word!

5 comments:

Cindy said...

Love this post. You are so right. Glad you are getting back into blogging. :)

Jessica said...

What a great post, Amy! You are exactly the kind of Christian I am drawn to- the real kind! : ) Too many times we think that we have to "put out" that we are perfect in order to draw followers to Christ, but, oh, how wrong we are! We need to strive for perfection, but be able to admit we are nothing but dirty, horrible sinners in need of a King. Christ came to save the lost.. not the perfect.

Great reminder of that! I love how humble you are.

Brittney said...

I'm glad you're back, and very glad you posted this. I completely agree w/ everything you said, and I do think that so many people out there are turned off from Christianity because of "holier than thou" attitudes. It sounds like our convictions are very similar, except for the fact that you won't be seeing me in a bikini any time soon (only because my body isn't ready--haha). :)

Zayde will get there. We never thought Brooklynn would start talking (and she still has a long way to go), but we've actually had to ask her to be quiet because she talks too much at times. Of course I thank God for that!

Angela said...

I'm glad you are doing this :)

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Amy, I cannot tell you how much I agree with this post and find it incredibly real and humble. We as Christians should not condem one another, we should lift one another up. It isn't for us to judge another. Like you, I am not perfect (thought my bikini days are long one, if I had your body I'd be in one too, smile) but I am secure in my faith. I think so many "christians" get caught up in the church itself. But it is WE who are the church. Not only on Sundays, but we serve him daily. We are servants for Christ in the ways we live our lives daily. It's about how we serve others, as Christ did. And through yor blog, you are a great example of that. I am so glad you have returned to Word on Wednesday.
MIssed you Amy.