Today I got to spend some time with my church members at our annual barbecue. I helped make dinners and lunches, got pulled pork on my shirt and jeans (and table, and hands….) and got to get a little closer to one of the younger members of the church, possibly gaining me a new friend. I played with my music directors’ little dog. I shared laughs and stories with other members of the congregation. Plus, I even had the chance to see my pastor in jeans and a t-shirt (clergy members change their clothes! Who would have thought?!). What I’m trying to say is that these moments are vital in building a church community. True, we must always have God on our minds and hearts, and even makes sure His words are in our mouths. But it strengthens our bonds with our spiritual siblings when we bond over our human experiences as well as our religious ones. In this article, the author explains ways to have dissatisfaction with your church. It’s very short, but really makes good points. I hope you enjoy and learn something from it. Take it back to your churches. I pray you find inner peace with your fellow congregants and make your faith and church community stronger.
So I didn’t mention this before, but I chose to reread the Bible from “In the beginning” to “Amen” (Rev. 22:21). I used to look at a website that gave me a few chapters, and I was doing fine with it. However, it started to become difficult to read. Because they were from different books and had only a few chapters from each, it was hard to see how they Bible came together, how stories connected with one another, etc., so I just decided to start completely over and read the Bible at my own pace, and so far it’s going well.
I finished Genesis a few weeks ago, and right now I’m at Exodus 16. I’m having quite a bit of fun too. In many ways, the Bible is more than a spiritual guide. It’s a big story book, a history lesson, a Sociology textbook, and…well…any other type of book you could think of! It’s an all-in-one, perfect for a book lover like me! I’m also learning and rediscovering some things I didn’t know before, like how Reuben had slept with Bilhah (Gen. 22) and that some animals were brought in seven at a time (Gen. 7:2).
As I look back on my life, I really can’t believe the way I used to be. I detested Bibke study and anything Bible related. I can’t believe I wasted all that time! Thank God, for there is never a bad time to come to Him. He brought me back, and now I love to read my Bible again.
Be well, dear reader. Go in peace. Amen.
Oh Manna. This ain’t your ordinary bread. I like to think of Manna Bread as the healthiest, most wholesome, nutty delicious flour-less vegan cake-like organic bread you can possible devour. Except it’s not cake. This is 100% "bread" because Manna breads have no grease, no sweeteners, no eggs, and no salt.
What is Manna bread? It is a line of 100% sprouted high-protein whole-grain bread (so moist and dense it's like cake, the way I see it.)
If you are an LGBTQ Christian, your church community may convey judgment and condemnation that hurt deeper than anyone knows, or they may support and affirm you with Christ-like love. I don't know which is true for you. But I do know the truth about who you really are as a fellow believer in Jesus Christ. It's important that you…
Some people that believe in God are LGBTQIAP.
Get over it.
…and some LGBTQIAP people believe in God.
Get over that too.
Learning to love and respect one another peacefully is not a one sided thing. If one groups has to do it, we should all have to.
No, not that kind of habit! Although, wearing a habit is a beautiful way of showing devotion and focus on God. I mean back to the things I used to love doing, practices that had to get put on hold for one reason or another. My summer math class caused me to put a few things on the back burner. However, now that it’s over, life can resume as normal.
For starters, I am ready to get back into the habit of going to school. I love being in environments where learning, acceptance, and mature conversations can occur. Also, I have three clubs I’m a part of, so I need to get busy soon!
I will also be able to get back into the habit of blogging on A Sapphic Saved by Grace. I have a few ideas ready to go, an I’m sure some spontaneous blogs will come out of my spirit as well. All in all, I am hoping that I will be able to show the love of God through whatever I post.
More importantly, I am getting back into the habit of reading my Bible. I tried to read it and did pretty well, but I regret to say that I let other things block me from reading. OS I have decided to start all over from Genesis 1. I’ll try to post some of my findings and questions here as I read, so maybe we could have some sort of discussion about The Good Book as well.
Thanks for sticking with me! Now, let’s get to work!
*I have a huge testimony also! After years of struggling, low self-esteem, terrible teachers, and still keeping faith in the Almighty, I am happy to say that I have passed and will finally be able to go to the next level of math for my degree. It took me a while, but I am so proud of myself for remaining strong and I can not wait to get started when school starts again!
The Right Rev. Eugene Sutton started his Monday afternoon lecture with the facts: Christian churches throughout the United States are losing membership.
“With fewer and fewer notable exceptions, people — especially young people, the next greatest generation — are staying away from our churches,” said Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
Sutton opened Week Two’s Interfaith Lectures, themed “Religion and Spirituality” by discussing what churches ought to be doing to stay relevant to young people in the 21st century.