I started this blog to keep our friends and family updated on our life, but today I am going a little off topic.
The last few months I have been wrestling with some big issues, and I would like to share my thoughts on them.
I have been attending a ladies Bible study on Tuesday mornings and I have learned much from several of the speakers and their testimonies; but it has been in the quiet moments where God has really spoken to me.
One hot issue today is homosexuality, I have read several great blogs about loving and showing Christ's love to the LGBT community. I agree whole-heartedly, but how do we show love to those outside our church walls when we can't show love to those inside.
Here is the issue that God laid on my heart; as a Christian woman do I extend that love and mercy to my sisters in Christ?
I am a hot mess! I will be the first to admit that. I work hard at being a Christian wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend, but I fail hard and often. So why do I look through my broken and imperfect eyes to judge the wife, mother, sister... next to me? So many days it is only by God's grace that I made it through the day.
We should be encouraging one another and helping to bear each other's burdens. Too often we are too busy gossiping to hear a real need. If I am gossiping, don't listen, tell me in love, to stop. If I am speaking harshly or judging someone, remind me in love, that is not right. If I have a bad attitude, tell me in love, to check it. If we sit idly by listening while we tear each other down we will be left with wounded women who are worse off for having known us.
Recently a friend of mine made a cake. It stuck to the pan, it broke in half, and crumbled to pieces. She managed to put it back together and cover it with icing. Once the cake was iced it was beautiful, you would have never known how broken and fragile the inside was. We are like the cake. We are broken, stuck in circumstances we can't get out of and crumbling beneath the stress of life, but we put on a happy face so no one knows. We don't want see judging eyes or hear harsh words.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
You are a hot mess! I am a hot mess! Lets get over ourselves and lets be godly women who encourage, build up and strengthen one another.