Saved Girl

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 4 v 12&13

It is the Easter season. I have mentioned before my religious background and it amazes me the relationship I kept with God while I had so many issues with the clergy. However, I never continued the story. I stopped going to church after my Confirmation (I am Lutheran so this was age 14-ish. It was actually the day before my birthday. So double party and presents!) When I moved to Arizona for school I found a church down there that helped keep me sane.

I saw a shift in the message. It was no longer force feeding me the laws of the Bible, but the ideas of Jesus' lessons. It is these lessons that make a world of difference. I had lived my life trying to adhere to archaic laws that are near impossible to follow. I was still missing the point though.

When I moved back home I did not seem t have time for church. It was only after the relationship with my ex ended and I was two-hundred miles from home that I decided to go back. That was where the above verses were brought to my attention.

I had it all so very wrong. I did not need to try so hard for forgiveness. I was forgiven! God had cleansed me long before my birth by sacrificing His Son! How did I go through so many years of Christian education and miss the most important message? I was missing the compassion part hardcore and it was not toward other people, but toward myself.

I still hold myself to an almost unreachable high standard. I feel no one else will hold me accountable if I do not and it is silly. Dad always tells me to 'let go and let God' and so far every time that I do, it has lead to the best parts of my life.

So this Easter season, as the chocolate bunnies are loosing their ears, take a moment to think about the other meanings to this day. I have my one and only Easter decoration out, an Easter bunny hand-sewn by my Great-Great Aunt Marie, who I last saw the Easter before she passed away.(Amazing woman,96 years old, she and Uncle Herbert were married 72 years!)

I know my readership is varied, that my religious views are not shared by everyone, and by no means am I out for conversion, I merely tell my story.

So today marks Good Friday, the day my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ died upon the cross. It is a symbolic marking considering the date changes every year and it seems to have snuck up on my this year. On Sunday the celebration of the Resurrection takes place and I will raise my voice to shout: He is Risen!

He is Risen, Indeed!


Cindy Q April 2, 2010 at 11:46 PM  

What an awesome post! I don't mean awesome in the not really mean it way, but in the I really mean it. (ha) I was in awe the whole time I was reading!

Love ya!

Gwei Mui April 3, 2010 at 2:01 AM  

The fact that you have remained true to your beliefs and have found a deeper meaning beyond that of "mere" scripture is testament in and of itself to those who truly believe in the Christian faith. More power to you. I do not share the same faith as you but the essence of my beliefs are pretty much the same. I hope that you enjoy the Easter period.

Sanctus Life Coach April 3, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

Nice to have a Christian perspective here. Also great choice in graphics. I am running a Christian site also and invite you to visit! Happy Easter!
Make every day a Sanctus day!

TICKLEBEAR April 3, 2010 at 12:27 PM  

my dear, while i'm an atheist, so, not your target audience here today...
i respect people of the faith that have a sensible and personal approach to faith; even if i don't feel anything positive toward some people of the cloth.

to me, religion is a personal journey, and i distrust anyone preaching to others that THEY know the way... i prefer those living their lives to the best of their abilities and you might just be doing that. and for this, i wish you "happy easter". may you never lose your way and always find comfort and love on your path.


Andrea Leigh April 4, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

Happy Easter Everyone!


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