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Hopes for Blog Interactions

COMPASSION, BLOG ETTIQUETE AND WHY THOSE ARE SO IMPORTANT TO ME

On these pages you will read some pretty strong questions, criticisms, convictions and honest reflections on life.

I want to share these with grace. I want to show compassion towards those whom I deeply disagree with, love, have wounded me, and whom I have wounded.

 

I am hoping that grace flows through every keystroke written.

I am hoping that others will show grace towards me and those who comment.

I am hoping that we avoid heaping continual shame on each other.

I know that we won’t do this perfectly, but it is important to me and to Jesus that we try.

 

By the grace of God we get to follow Jesus’ commission to his first disciples… Matthew 28: 16-20

 

Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go, When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some doubted! Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

 

Many of my posts will describe ministering as a woman, living as a woman, and growing as woman. Confusion and great pain abound about what it means to be a woman (and a man) in this world and in the family of God. I have experienced this pain first hand and am working with others to navigate the chains of sin of that hold us back. In doing so we will navigate some muddy waters. But I don’t want everything in this blog to be about that. While discovering more freedom as God’s child new insights and joyful living abound. So, these pages will be full of hope, redemption and freedom in many areas of life.

 

I am passionate about ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation in all of it forms.

I am passionate about working with women struggling with eating disorders, body image and identity.

I am passionate about helping men and women find their God given gifts and talents and the courage not to hide them.

I am passionate about reconciling relationships and discovering deeper layers of emotional health.

I am passionate about helping those who do not yet know Jesus to meet him and follow him.

 

The devil doesn’t like it when we follow our God given passions and callings. Our sinful nature doesn’t like it when we follow the Spirit. On my journey through attempting to follow these passions I have become stuck in shame and pain at times, but am resolved to no longer live there. I want to live by the Spirit… full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There are no rules against these things!! (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

In fact, Jesus enters our pain and confusion to bring this freedom, clarity and peace. Jesus calls his followers to teach others these insights and the freedom that he offers as we worship the Lord in the process of continual change and redemption.

 

Paul calls believers to be reconcilers and reminds us that we are God’s partners– 2 Corinthians 5-6

 

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.

 

I hear Paul saying… “Don’t wait to offer others shalom and the new life you find in Christ. Live in such a way that reflects this new way of life now.” This is what I intend to do and hope that God’s Kingdom becomes more of a reality in all of our daily lives along the way.

 

 

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2 comments on “Hopes for Blog Interactions

  1. Amanda Baumann
    July 15, 2012

    Just want you to know how excited I am to be stalking you through your new blog! Your post inspire me and challenge me. Thank you for the boldness and courage you have to do this~
    Amanda

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