Caution! This post contains honesty…

I realise as I look back over my blog posts that I have failed to talk about the most important thing in my life – my faith.

Now, there may be any number of reasons for this but I think if I’m honest the main reason is my fear of judgement. I suppose there’s a part of me that has seen the eyes glaze over and the polite smile so many times that I tend to get to know people before I bring it up. Now quite how this response is the  same from a reader I don’t know but I still feel it I guess.

My faith is part of my everyday life – it is not something that is only about Sunday for me or about rules and restrictions and being high and mighty.

This morning I began my day praying in the shower, this afternoon I will read the bible and go to see a friend for coffee and pray with them. Every Tuesday evening I meet up with a friend  to chat and pray about our lives, each Thursday I go to a life group and meet in a small group to pray, worship and share community. Each Sunday I go to church.

I am not super spiritual, super holy, a bible basher or any other such terms which may well spring to mind. I do not live my life judging the world and feeling superior.

There are two things I live by:

1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

2. Love your neighbour as yourself.

I don’t always succeed, I am in no way perfect but my faith is something I live out day by day and it is an integral part of who I am.

Feel free to judge me because of this, feel free to think differently of me but I cannot deny who I am and I promised myself this year that I would be honest, that I would be truthful and that I would not let fear of what people think of me stop me from being who I am.

So there we go… think what you wish but know that I am still the same me you have always known.

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About Louise

30 something teacher, wife, christian, Loves singing, baking, cats, encouragement, sunsets, walks, the sea, reading, smiling, laughing, being around people.
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6 Responses to Caution! This post contains honesty…

  1. Justine Hay says:

    It really upsets me when people judge based on Religious beliefs, I’ve never been able to believe in religion or keep faith but I admire people who do. Nobody should judge you for what you believe.

  2. Womble61 says:

    Your faith seems to be integrated into your life, not a bolt on. This I really admire, and must also admit to a degree of envy. You are right when you say your post is honest, and in writing it you have taken risks – because people may judge and that is not always easy to tolerate. Again, this is an indication of how important it is to you.

    I share your faith, but have been hurt several times by church. My experience is that the ‘love’ within churches is conditional and shallow. As a result I love God but now have a profound mistrust of his Church and some Christians. I find prayer almost impossible. If I do worship I prefer to do so in places like cathedrals where I can remain quite anonymous and simply allow the music and liturgy to fortify me. Other than that I just try to do what I think God would wish of me, failing more often than I succeed.

    This latest blog has a lovely, simple and inspiring message. Much like the Christian message itself.

    • loukachu says:

      You are right, it is important and integral to who I am and therefore although the post was a risk – it was necessary as I don’t want to hide who I am and it did not sit right with me not to say it.

      Unfortunately churches are full of imperfect people and the sad thing is a lot of the time people hide behind masks and pretend they are perfect and this can lead to hurt. I am blessed to be in a church with a group of people who neither wear masks or pretend to be perfect and it is a real family feel – obviously this means there are sometimes the usual squabbles but the foundation is love.

      My post was simply a chance for me to be honest about my faith – it was meant to be as you said – simple. I’m glad that you found it inspiring too 🙂

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