After writing my piece about The myth of the ‘perfect’ Christian, I thought I would write constantly about my journey as a Christian. I don’t really know what happened, I tried to write some stuff but was met with this overwhelming sense of being under-qualified to write about Christianity because I’m not ‘there’ yet. I’m not at the point where I can bash out scriptures and I’m not the most patient person. I get bored of reading long Christian blogs, I don’t enjoy having tons of scriptures to read and everything just gets a bit too much. (Hopefully by the end of this year this will all change).
Funnily enough all these feelings go hand-in-hand with me internalising the idea that I am not ‘perfect’ enough to write about Christianity but I felt convicted to just write something today (and this will be the start of many blog posts)
So let’s just start with an update:
Last year I set a target for myself to read Word For You every morning. This is an online devotional which is maximum two paragraphs and it focuses on a specific theme or topic. I met that target and decided to continue with it this year and I have found it a simple way to both start my day with God and all His happiness and goodness and also learn about scripture. One of the best things about Word For You, however, is at the end of every post there is a ‘What Now?’ section which helps you to apply God’s word in a practical way. Click here to check it out; subscribe for emails or apply to get a free hard-copy version which has all the devotionals in it.
I always find that I am closer to God when I feel really far away from everyone else. So whenever I have felt really lonely or insecure, the Bible has literally been my best friend, especially Proverbs and Psalms which are like nuggets of wisdom. (The Girls Life Application Study Bible (NLT) is the Bible I use and I love it).
The more I have become comfortable with myself however, I haven’t been reading these as much (need to get back to it) but I have seen the importance of being with and fellowshipping with other Christians, instead of keeping to myself with my faith and my struggles.
A step towards doing this was becoming accountability partners with one of my best friends when we turned 18. So we try and encourage and share scriptures with one another and just help each other with our Christian journey. It’s only been a couple of months and we don’t really know the ‘right’ way of being accountability partners but it’s nice to have someone to talk to when you’re struggling with different things.
Lastly, I was feeling like a really rubbish person yesterday so had a bit of a moment, reading a watching different Christian YouTube channels and blogs and here are a few things I want to try out (and encourage you to as well):
- Listen to more Praise and Worship music. Music is such a major part of our lives and impacts the way we think and feel so I’m guessing feeding your mind with positive stuff means you’re more likely to exude positivity. (If you have any suggestions of songs of artists, comment below and I will share the ones I like next time)
- Picking one of the fruits of the spirit (the ones in bold) and focus on practicing it e.g. being more peaceful .
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian life according to Paul in his Letter to the Galatians “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23.
3. Connecting with other Christians. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the idea that Christianity and your relationship with God is YOUR thing. I have found that despite growing up in a Christian household and going to Church, I don’t really talk to people about faith. Yeah I can tweet about it and share a scripture or two but having actual CONVERSATIONS about my faith with Christians and non-Christians is not something I do a lot and I want to.
Like I said in my initial post this is all about sharing my journey and if you’re interested in Christianity, providing you with my first hand experience of something I have found to be a very fulfilling part of my life.
All of you who ask me why I am so positive and stuff on the real THIS IS WHY because I know Jesus loves me. I don’t have a perfect life, in fact a lot of the time I am a hot mess but there is a huge peace that comes with being a Christian and I’m going to stop being selfish and share it.
Feel free to ask questions, to share advice about what you do to strengthen your faith and yeah let’s do THIS.
P.S. Someone tweeted this and I love it and want to start doing this:
Don’t just invite someone to church & call it good. Talk to them, learn their story, be their friend. Build a relationship that lasts.