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Back in April I very hesitantly published a post that I had had on my heart for a long, long time. It got a few reads, a few likes, and then one day in July, for reasons still unknown to me, this post blew up. It went viral in a matter of hours. I was watching the stats on my site hit all time record highs and my family and I (my mother-in-law was actually visiting at the time) were just in awe and amazed by it.
I was, on the other hand, absolutely heartbroken.
But, I knew that I had stumbled upon something. When Liz told me about the 31 Days Challenge coming up, I knew that I wanted to expand on this topic. This is one of those things in life that I am truly passionate about. Speakers & preachers like Billy Graham, Beth Moore, Clayton Jennings and Lisa Whittle who speak truth to my heart without sugar coating it and waxing over the “tough stuff” in our society, set my heart on fire time and time again; reminding me of just exactly who Jesus Christ is verses who people think is now.
People forget that Jesus is the same…yesterday, today, forever. We seem to confuse the Man who walked this Earth some 2,000 years ago with a completely different person. It’s like we’ve…ignored? Forgotten? Disregarded?…the gospel all of these years and that our Jesus isn’t the same Jesus to us now that He was to them then.
And that mentality is causing problems. Church attendance is at an all time low and I think it’s because of a few key things (31 to be exact…come on, you saw that coming right?).
During the month of October, I’m going to be address
31 Days of Breaking Religious Chains
(leaving behind Christianity and embracing discipleship)
There are a lot of people who get their britches (yes, I’m Southern and I said britches…that’s pants for those of you who don’t know the dialect) all waded up over that last statement. That I don’t call myself a Christian. Because with “Christian” comes an automatic stigma. There comes a point in everyone’s life where we have to decide if we want to break the mold or be molded. Christianity isn’t a mold that I want to lock myself into. Because “Christianity” in it’s modern day terminology is nothing more than a Religion…a practice…a checklist of things that have to be done in order to be worthy.
And that is a load of garbage.
The Jesus that I know and have met in some of the darkest moments of my life isn’t the same Jesus that church teaches about today. When my husband and I left the last church that we were members of, I set out to discover who Jesus Christ was. Who He really was; not who church told me He was.
The goal over the coming 31 days? Share that with you. No stained glass windows, no dress code, no pews and hymnals or rituals. I’m not going to ask you to tithe and I’m not going to bludgeon you with a mountain of scripture over why I’m better than you or more qualified than you to talk about this Jesus. Because I am probably the least qualified woman out there.
But I know Jesus. And I know Him intimately and deeply and my soul purpose and passion in life is to tell other people about how he delivered me from a destructive path and redeemed me even when I didn’t (and still don’t some days) feel like I’m worth redeeming.
If you’ll join me, I’d love to have you along for the ride. Buckle up.
The next 31 Days are going to be exciting.