They call it trolling.
It’s the freedom to bluntly say what you’ve been thinking with out a filter and with a desire to inflame a topic.
But when they talk about my faith I cringe.
I want to open my chest and show them that the Jesus that they’re talking about with such cynicism is really real, and this is the healed heart as a result.
But then I realize that there was a time I didn’t know Jesus either, and that if my only example of Him was from ordinary people who call themselves Christian that I might be confused, too.
Is God relevant in our world?
Maybe it feels like that you’re living with a totally different set of ideas about who God is.
Sometimes I do.
Maybe you feel like you are in a tug-of-war with what others think is important and what you hear God whispering in your heart.
That can be hard when God is leading you to do things that make no sense in the natural.
But is God relevant?
That’s the question. Maybe what we are really asking is: What does faith have to do with my everyday life?
The truth is that God is there.
Right there at the place where you are celebrating a gorgeous day, or the smile of your husband, or a job well done.
Or when you’re snuggling with your newest grandbaby for the first time and you don’t care that you have no make up on or that you have bedhead hair or that people are going to compare it to the photo at the top of the page and you’ll come up wanting.
Or when the view from the hike you just took takes your breath away.
He’s there when your heart hurts so bad that you can’t put the pain into words.
He’s there when that big decision is looming and everything is dependent on the answer.
He’s there when you sense Him leading you to hold back that word, or say a word at just the right time, because the person who is in front of you is on His heart.
How crazy relevant is that?
Inviting a very big God into my everyday life changes me even when it costs me.
It leads me to be others-centered instead of the selfishness that really wants to play the trump card.
It leads me to remorse when I’ve hurt someone carelessly.
It helps me see the world through a bigger perspective than just my own.
And in the end I’m still just an ordinary girl with a big love for a big God who is not just a symbol of my faith, but an integral part of my everyday life.
Just you and God
Q: How is this a picture of Christ walking with you through everyday life?
Q: There is infinite value in knowing Jesus. Describe one way that your relationship with God adds infinite value to your life?
Share that here. I’d love to hear what you have to say.
Q: Are there times when others misunderstand your faith? What is your response? Do you remember a time when you felt the same way?
Hope. Despite everything in my trouble history, leaning on God through the all-cleansing sacrifice of His Son gives me a hope that can’t be extinguished.
Thank you for this! It’s a wonderful reminder that God wants to be and more importantly *needs* to be involved in every single aspect of our lives! Oh and I think you look just as beautiful holding that precious baby as you do in the picture at the top of the page! 🙂
Oh Ashley, you just made me smile big! Holding my grandbabies reaches a place inside my heart that is hard to put in words. <3
You are always beautiful Suz, because it comes from the inside-out 🙂
My relationship with God adds eternal value to my life. Life on earth is temporary, my life in Christ is eternal. I will rule and reign with Christ eternally!
Thank you 🙂 This is a wonderful post. I wouldn’t be able to make it if God wasn’t part of my everyday existence. I love the pic of you and your grandbaby; you’re both so beautiful because I can see God’s love shining out of you.
Blessings to you and yours 🙂
Teaching and leaving a legacy is what God has impressed upon me. Trusting God with our future is important to me. ( Your pic with your grandbaby is adorable + you look radiant!)
Well Suzie, it was God’s timing that you posted this and I read it yesterday. Because since I have read it my toes have been stepped on, my heart has been hurt and God is using your devotion to do a work in my heart and mind. First let me say I am so thankful to be a Jesus girl. Then let me say that yesterday when I was call a “church going” girl it kinda stung. I am a church going girl and I am happy for others to know that about me. I guess its ok that some then feel uncomfortable around me? I do want to stand out for Christ. I do want to stand up for Christ. But I also want others to know I love the Lord and I live life with the Lord, and I do so because He loves me and He because He gave me life. And I do so with an understanding heart that we are all in different places in our journey and I want to share the love and joy of Christ with others that may not understand what God has to do with it all anyway. Well, thank you for sharing. You are beautiful inside and out, laying on the couch, walking through your day and I’m happy you share it with God and with me! 🙂
Beautiful post! Know Christ has infinite (never ending) value, because it reminds me that no matter what my circumstances here on earth, He has a better home waiting for me. The infinite value of knowing Him is what I need to sure here on earth, to give other hope.