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This article struck a cord in me. I was going to just link to it but I wanted to add my two cents.  I have heard it said, “I love church, but what is going on within the inner workings of church is what I do not like.”  I think I have said that a time or two also.  Church is filled with imperfect people, people who sin, people who need each other.  Unfortunately it is within the church walls that I hear more gossip, complaining, and not loving each other that bothers me the most.

“We carry our problems into the church the same way we carry them into a bar—they just react differently in each location. Unfortunately, the sins that exist within the walls of the Church are harder to spot.” (from the article) And when they are discovered often we hear of someone’s sins from several different sources.  What happened to keeping a confidence, what happened to being there to pray for a brother and sister and keeping your mouth shut? Often times we “are there for them,” it is the keeping our mouth shut we as Christians struggle with.   The only time you should feel the freedom to share something is with your pastor and the item better concern you in some way.  If you are just “informing” your pastor, that is gossip.

“It’s to our shame many folks looking for hope find more grace at the local bar than the local church.” (from the article) We look good on the outside, but as soon as we are at a “Christian” party or gathering, I can not tell you how often I have stood by and overheard conversations about other fellow church members.  It really makes me angry!!  Also it plants seeds of insecurity of turning to fellow church members during a time of need.  I am not standing on my soap box pointing fingers and saying I have never fallen into this sin, but sending out a reminder to fellow brothers and sisters.

“Walking the line between the clubs and the Church, I’ve been misunderstood by both sides. I’m sure you’ve felt the same thing: people throw rocks at the things they don’t understand. (AMEN)  But it hurts worst when it comes from well-intending brothers and sisters, the folks who are purportedly filled with the love of Christ. Our knee-jerk response is to retaliate, to fight back. And the cycle begins again. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. God will take care of the speck in my neighbor’s eye. The more faith I have in Him and His strong voice, the less I have to yell. The more faith I have in Him, the freer my hands become to serve those around me.” I have found the latter to be true.  After experiencing hurt myself, I found personally that the more I was quiet the louder His voice was for me.  It was hard to experience, but I found that letting God defend me was so much better than having my own words defend me.

None of us within the church walls are perfect, even leadership.  Let our first reaction be love towards an imperfect brother or sister and in return allow them to feel safe coming to you by keeping your mouth shut. 
Ok stepping off my soap box…. ;)

I am a runner.

Heaven’s no not an actual runner —that would involve to much effort on my part—but a runner from problems.

If there is a conflict or if I am at odds with someone, it is similar to my ability to parallel park.  I will walk that extra mile away to avoid parallel parking.  If we have a disagreement and you ask me my opinion I will tell you, I am honest.  But you will have to find me first, I will be walking that extra mile away to avoid confrontation.

God is teaching me.

God in his infinite wisdom had me marry a man who confronts problems head on.   Unfortunately early on in our marriage my husband would have to work his way through all the closed doors first to find me hiding under my covers trying to look like I am fast asleep. =)  I joke (a little).  He would not let me hide until everything has been resolved.

I am not sure when I began to run from problems?  I will have to ask my Mom that.  I think it has to do with feelings of guilt and my desire to not hurt anyone’s feelings.  I  was blessed with a pit-bull of a sister while growing up, I always admired how she stood up to others.  I would be in the background cheering her on saying “Yeah, what she said!.” That is unless she was mad at me, then I would just slam the bedroom door closed. Ha!

God is teaching me.

Lately things in my personal life have been piling up.  I have not been in “conflict” with another, but stressed about not standing up for myself in certain situations, scared of where God may be leading, scared I will make wrong a decision due to my failure to stand up for myself.  It has blown me away how much, like Joshua, God continues to remind me to be strong and courageous.  HE IS IN CONTROL.   It just so happens during these trials in my life God has me studying Joshua (coincidence? I don’t believe in them).

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Deut 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

It just so happens on one of my darkest days awhile ago, two people out of the blue emailed me or texted me and said for some reason God has me praying for you today.  I was humbled knowing it was God telling me that through them, He was in control and loves me. (coincidence? I don’t believe in them)

Even in a book I recently read the whole theme was STAY. When life becomes hard, STAY.  When you are a runner by nature, STAY.

Be Strong and Courageous.

For many Christians this is not a struggle they deal with, others of us STAYING (standing firm) is a a conscious decision we have to make daily.  When troubles arise we make the firm decision to STAY.

I have been a Christian most of my life and even today I am humbled how God patiently deals with my lack of faith, knowing he has everything in control.  Knowing he will not guide me somewhere where “he has not gone before me.”

I can never out run God, he finds me when I walk that extra mile in the opposite direction, he finds me behind closed doors, and he says:

STAND. STAY. BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. I AM IN CONTROL.

If you are a runner like me I am here to tell you no matter what, God is faithful.  Time and time again he shows me he will never leave, he will never forsake, and he will never lead me into a situation where he has not gone before me.

I think this is a post I needed to type out more for myself than anything, but I pray it will encourage at least one person who is a runner by nature also.

Are you weary

 

Are you weary?  As Christians sometimes we think “Christianese” and know all the right things to say or do.  In reality we want to say, “Lord I don’t know how to trust you.”   The Christian walk is hard and sometimes you feel like you are shoveling sand—as soon as you dig, more falls into the hole. I know it is my fault, God never moves—we do. I believe God allows these seasons so we will just stop. Stop and let him love on you, stop and rest in what He has done for us.

Watch this and be blessed. No more religion, only resurrection power.

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