MAGNIFYING FAITH: This is the upcoming name change for this blog. The change of name reflects the change in presentation.
“Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. So that if any one is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old state of things has passed away; a new state of things has come into existence.”
–2 Cor. 5:17 ‘MAGNIFYING FAITH’ is a ‘new creature’!
Angst > ‘Eureka!’ > ‘MAGNIFYING FAITH’
DEAR Friends, I have made a discovery! The bad news is that I feel like I’ve wasted time. The good news is, feelings aren’t always reality and in this case, my feelings are wrong. In short, my discovery is that I was on the right path (thank God!), but I was walking side-ways. I was approaching the path in a manner that I was finding very uncomfortable for me. Ruth Soukup’s ‘pep talks’ at Elite Blog Academy, (where I take courses to improve my business/on-line tech. and blogging/writing skills), warns of feeling uncomfortable. She warns that the courses at EBA will be extremely challenging and baby, she’s right!
However, my discomfort was to a degree that I was having trouble sleeping and found my heart beating weirdly at different points throughout the day. I found myself praying for direction almost the entire time I was working. I was practicing deep breathing, which helped, but only as a bandage. And then two days ago, I had an ‘epiphany’ moment!
My Crab-Walking Error
I was walking sideways.
I was on the right path and making progress, but crab-walking isn’t sustainable. Being of a mind that doesn’t rest just to know I was doing something uncomfortable for my personal make-up, I needed to know, what about what I was doing made me so uncomfortable?
The answer came as I was writing my ‘About Me’ page. I was having the time of my life! There were the words and thoughts, flowing with ease and sometimes, humor. Nothing about it felt forced. I didn’t even realize how much fun I was having until towards the end, and that’s when it hit me…I honestly believe God was speaking to my heart, answering my prayers…
“THIS is what you should be doing! You are not a theologian, you are a story-teller! ”
I realized that it’s time to correct my gait.
‘Magnifying Faith’: Lessons from a Different Angle
The revelation was so right! My husband is the theology guy, able to set me straight when I’m off track. But personally, I respond so much more to lessons taught through stories! Everything in how I was created, compounded by childhood environment, meshed together to form a storyteller. This is the style of writing that suits me best and comes across most naturally. My inner turmoil was caused by uncertainty. At my core, I knew. This Scripture came repeatedly to my mind when I wrote posts as a ‘crab-walker’: “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” -James 3:1. I interpret ‘teachers’ here as ‘theologians’ and my insecurity caused me to look up and ponder repeatedly, afraid of passing along something I shouldn’t. I never want to be anyone’s stumbling block!
The good news in that is, because of my fear, you’re probably safe with what has been presented so far. I do trust God to speak to my heart and I was very careful, but folks, walking side-ways was wearing my hind-parts and brain-parts out! So, things here are going to change: The lessons will come as an organic branch growing from the trunk of a true story. I am SO excited!
As I have today, I’ll share true excerpts of my life and the lives of others. Additionally, these shared pieces will have the prequalification of being transparent and real, making it easier for you to relate. Through the stories, you’ll find your hope e rising and your faith soaring! If you’ve been through or are going through mental, emotional or physical, or financial hardships, you’ll find someone here who has been there.
This is not to take from Jesus, because he knew every pain man knows. And for you gals who immediately thought, “Well, he never knew childbirth!” (Haha-caughtcha, didn’t I?), I have something to say about that. He didn’t know childbirth, but he did know the ‘cat-of-nine-tails’, the nails, the whipping, the beating, the betrayal of those closest to him, sadness and loneliness… In one form or another, Jesus felt the depth of every pain known to mankind. This is the reason we have no need of any other mediator. Once again, the pieces of life shared here are not to take glory away from God, but rather, to point to him.
At Magnifying Faith we see that Jesus Knows
Gleaning from Joanna Weaver, let me briefly give Scriptures that show us that Jesus experienced the hurts we experience: Grief: John 11:35; Temptation: Mark 1:13; Poverty: Matt. 8:20; Frustration: John 2:15-16; Weariness: John 4:6; Disappointment: Luke 13:34; Rejection: John6:66; Sorrow: Matt. 26:38; Ridicule: Mark 15:19; Loneliness: Matt. 27:46
These are only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and no one here is attempting to take Jesus’ place. Who in their right mind would want such responsibility!?Instead, the effort is to show the same Spirit that motivated, carried and worked through Jesus Christ lives today in all his followers and I have stories stored up to illustrate that fact!(Rom. 8:11) Be encouraged! He has overcome the world! (John 16:33)
May your Faith be Magnified!
Today, I’m tossing the crab-walk out the window and replacing it with a firm and forward gait. Let the fun and inspiration begin and let your faith be magnified!
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. HEBREWS 4:15