“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by Him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
I’ve truly missed posting on my blog over the past couple of months. It seems that life turned hectic for a bit and several things—this blog included—got lost in transition. I’ve come to realize that this blog is something that I can’t give up on as I love sharing my stories, hearing from my readers and reading all your blog posts. This blog post in particular is going to be the first of a series of posts of how I’ve spiritually awoken in accepting God for who He is in my life. In the end of the series, I hope to have shone a light on where life has taken me these past couple of months. I also wanted to add that in the past I’ve used many different names for God in this blog (God, Higher Power, Great Spirit, Divine Being), which was out of respect for the many different beliefs of my readers. Looking forward, I’m going to be 100% honest with my word of truth in my belief and faith as I want to be completely transparent with you. To be even more honest, I feel slightly ashamed for not being as transparent from the get-go. This was a revelation that was brought forth to me last night by my dear friend Lorraine Holloway-White (check out her blog here: https://askamedium.wordpress.com; her truth, faith and honesty is very admirable and refreshing). God bless her for all her spiritual work.
Well, here’s my truth…
My belief has always been the God of the Bible. Jesus is my Savior. I love God and Jesus, as well as all of His helpers. I never realized that was necessary to say before because for a very long time (up into my 20s) I thought everyone believed in the God of the Bible (even if they said otherwise). I now know that is not always true. Also, I feel its only right to share with you that I grew up in a Christian household with my two brothers and sister. My mother is Mormon and my father is Christian with no denomination; he also grew up in a mixed religion family as my grandfather was Jewish and my grandmother was Protestant. On a side note, I’ve been to more Catholic services than any other as my friends and extended family are mostly Catholic. Plainly, I was not brought up with any particular religious sect, but rather the belief in God as my Maker and Jesus and my Savior. I have thoroughly noticed that I take pleasure in being around others that enjoy and discuss the presence of God. I have also come to notice that mingling with people of different religious backgrounds helps to strengthen my faith in God.
My faith is in God and Jesus. To me, if I’m going to be involved in a religion then it doesn’t matter what the religion is called as long as God and Jesus are present. It feels taboo otherwise as it makes me feel like I’m not respecting God, Jesus and my faith. There have been several life lessons that I had to learn and reflect over the past year that has involved my faith, even more so over the past couple of months. That’s where I’ve been and mostly why I haven’t been posting to my blog. I’ve been reading a ton of books (more about those books in the next post) and chatting with several individuals, some have been helpful and some not so helpful.
Clearly, God is my truth. He is the reason I am here on Earth and He’s made that quite apparent to me most recently with His subtle ways of telling me He is here to help guide me. There are many lessons that He wants me to learn and for good reason. I have to admit that I am still amazed at the lessons that God sends my ways. I can always tell it’s from Him because the lesson is gentle—like that of a father teaching a young child—hard and completely life changing. His subtleness gets me every time and reminds me why I love Him so.
It feels wonderful to be vulnerable with you. I am ecstatic that I can share my word of truth in this community as I have the utmost respect for all of you. I hope that you can share your true faith and belief with me.
Thank you for being here.
Next post in the series: Life Lesson with a Shade of Grey