There are moments in life when your faith is tested. For each its a different test. I have been tested. I am a strong believer in jumping in full force and having faith in what ever you do, specially when it comes to your church family.
The past few months i have been playing a hide and seek game with the world. After an unloving experience with a church my family and i dove into, i felt a little beaten in the area of my faith. It pulled me away from my reading and from blogging. I felt a little defeated if i am going to be honest. It made me question fellowship and trust, the church in itself and Christianity all together. I found myself saying, "if this is all that it is about why bother".
These trying moments are when you are called closer to God. I felt a need to do a study, grab my bible and dive in strong into a friendship that was the reason i got baptized to begin with. I felt i was called to the beginning of my journey and to look at what brought me to it to being with. It was a lesson well needed to learn. Sometimes things will go the wrong way, forgiveness and love will be needed and you will have to take a deep breath.
After all is said and done i had to reopen my heart, take all the questions that piled up about my faith and Christianity and dive into finding my own answers. Finding a church for my family, getting in to the word and using God's word in my day to day life is what has been important me.
There will always be moments in life when you may question your faith and believes. When you may have doubt or disbelieve. These are the moments when you pull your strengths. Weather its through the word itself, great friendships or even your church. Dive into forgiving, understanding and eye opening experiences. Each one of us will face a hard time no matter the topic. Its in those hard moments when your strengths are needed the most.
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32
"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." Matthew 6:14
"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service." 1 Timothy 1:12
Something that i felt called to read was Romans 3.
As Posted on Seeds of Faith
Cristofer Alexander 6/23
Cristofer right before his party began
blowing out the candle on is homemade ship cake
Cristofer's Skull Birthday cupcake Cake
Homemade just for him
Beating the candy out of it
ARRRR!! my little pirate