Real

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It is difficult to open up about our struggles…

I am aware of the times when what you read on my blog has not fully taken hold of my life.
And in the interest of full disclosure  the truth is I get discouraged, impatient, angry and anxious even fearful from time to time.
And sometimes I am not willing to  extend the grace and mercy that I love to write about.
My faith has its high points, when I am convinced all things are possible. There are also times where the best I can do is “Lord I believe, help me with my unbelief”.
All that being said don’t get the idea I’m writing about anything I don’t believe is possible,  because I do believe with God all things are possible. Even with my imperfections, even if they are not fully present in  my life.
It’s more like the words of Paul,
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me”. Philippians 3:12
Just being real about the struggles I have, and I  am guessing you do as well.

It is difficult for us to open up about our struggles to others. Especially so for my  Christian brothers and sisters, who somehow think they have to give an appearance of  having it all together.
But when I read in Acts and see the church, functioning as effectively as it probably ever has, the sharing that was taking place most likely involved sharing their struggles and each others burdens as well.

I am planning to write in the future with that perspective in mind.
Not so much from a bystander point of view, providing the information in a monologue fashion, but with the goal of opening up a conversation in a way that could be helpful and and provide the one thing we all need. Encouragement.
If you have stories you want to share feel free to do so. If privacy is an issue I will post them and your comments if you wish anonymously.
I would guess that most of my readers are from the Christian community, but if you happen to drop by and that doesn’t describe you, feel free to join the conversation.
All are welcome here.
Pressing on
Cliff

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5 thoughts on “Real

  1. i wish i were more consistent with my belief and not needing so much help in my unbelief … i wish i were less human sometimes. i grow weary of struggles. in my humanity i think there should be a cap as to how many struggles one can have in their lifetime 🙂 … but life isn’t like that. my humanity, my imperfection, sometimes shine brighter than my faith. i’m eternally grateful for God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness 🙂

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    1. It’s really all about that Ame. Grace that never fails us.
      I feel as you do that there are more failures than success, but He isn’t keeping count of either. He only wants us to draw closer to Him, and sometimes our struggles bring us closer.
      Thank you for sharing your struggles, we are in this together!

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