The Blogger Herself

The Blogger Herself

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Sermon In Progress that Changed it All!

      Hi Bloggers:


          I know you are maybe surprised to find me  posting so soon after my declared departure.  I've made an important decision regarding this blog, and it seems only fair to include you, my readers in it.  When I began this blog, my goal was to share my own faith reflections with you and allow you to share yours too.  While I still want that to be the cause, but the truth is there are times when I am truly void of reflections, so I've decided that when I have something to share I will, and when I don't, I trust the readers I have left, will be gracious.  I am using a loner laptop as my computer crashed recently.  I also want to sometimes just blog about life, and the joys and sorrows that come with it.  One reason i felt compelled to stop blogging for a time, was because I fear my own transparency.  I know there are things that should not be shared on a blog, and I want to be private, but my transparency is hard to contain when I write, and I am trying to grow and mature in this, but at times it is difficult.

          On to the above pin, do you believe the  above pin about yourself and others- What do you believe about the above pin?    I remember the first time someone challenged me about my views on personal worth  with regard to myself and others.  A couple times in my life, I have heard people say, so-in so- is just worthless, because he/she does not do ABC or does not know this or that.  So naturally, when I was challenged by someone with the question, do you believe your worth and  worth of others is based on what they do or don't do or what they know, with hesitation I responded yes.    The person who asked me this several years ago,  looked at me with sorrow in her eyes, as if to say you poor thing...  I knew of course that salvation was a gift of grace  after all I had heard it often in my amazing Southern Baptist church, but didn't make the connection that just as my salvation comes from God, my worth is not dependent on my performance, but rather because I simply by existing, and therefore have even before I took my first breath outside the womb, am a reflection of my Creator. No that did not, nor does it mean I am saved from birth, but it does mean that we have value/worth before we are ever born.  Gen.1:26 Psalm 139.    Not long after that discussion, I discovered a biblical way of thinking changed me slowly, but nonetheless it changed me.  Sanctity of Human Life.  It  clicked like a fully lit Christmas tree!  God is the Author of life, that means He cared enough to create us uniquely and save us from the effects of death spiritually.  It means then, that you and I have value, we have worth, as hard as it is to accept sometimes, we have worth and there is nothing you and I can do or not to change that.  .Believe me I've tried to look for every reason possible reason to claim, myself worthless, but it a lie, and the truth remains human beings have worth, yes we are sinners, any  church in America should tell us that, but likewise scripture tells us God values us, and has a plan for us. Luke 12:7 Psalm 138:8.  Why am I telling you, because somebody told me, and It changed everything.  Yes, I battle lies that I'm worthless, that I'm a mistake, a burden, not smart, but since I know the truth now,I am accountable to live according to truth.  It is not anyone's fault that I followed a trail of lies for a good portion        of my life,  I have an amazing family, awesome church great friends, but the world feeds us lies, everyday, and I have spent years believing those lies, and I don't want believe these anymore, and I don't want you to either.  I'm not there yet, but will you come with me as I continue to take off the rags of lies, I've been wearing these a long time.  it isn't easy to put new ones on.  Come with me!  I'm sure you will find some new stuff to put on too!


Jenn said...

tj this was an amazing powerful post.. your writing incredible.. i especially love the reinder to take off the rags of lies.. glory.. i am taking them off with you.. what a gift to read this on my 30rth birthday when i want to be with you . reading this was a gift.. love you

Molly said...

Beautifully put, my friend. Glad to see you back blogging. Whether it's daily, weekly, monthly or just whenever you have an itch... I'll glady read what you have to say.

Dee said...

Welcome back...I am back too. I have to say you are much farther ahead in spirituality and understanding than I was at your age. It took me awhile to understand my worth and the love God has for us and all the plans he has just for me. I will enjoy seeing the new clothes you put on.

Sandra said...

Wow, what a great post, Teej. It is beautifully written and wonderfully insightful. I too have spent so much time throughout my life thinking I'm worthless. I still struggle from time to time, so your words are an excellent reminder to stand on the truth of God's word.

Dylan said...

I took a hiatus as well, for about 3 months! I was so sad while catching up on your blog to see that you had left- but then came back so quickly! Isn't God amazing like that!

Hopefully I will no longer be such a stranger...

Hang in there with the one who hung on the cross for you, with hope in the Risen Christ, as He has promised we will live more in heaven than we ever did here on earth! You will some day be freed from all of your sorrows and be walking and hugging and free from all of your problems. Hold on to that hope! You have a purpose here on earth for now. Live it!