September 12, 2013

Relationship vs. religion with a side of conviction

You know when you're talking with a friend or working on a group project and you get an awesome idea? You may say, "Oh! Good, good, good, write that down before we forget."

I often feel like God is my friend and he's pushing me to write it down quickly to share it, before I forget. I feel like he's poking my shoulder saying, "Good idea, that's exactly what I wanted to say." 

This morning was a shoulder poking experience, and welp, I'm going to share. 
If you've followed this blog for awhile you know that I used to get up every morning before work and do my devotional and attempt to blog. I loved it, especially when I was pregnant. It started my day happy and fresh. Those early mornings were 'good for the soul' moments that truly were life changing. 

The baby is sleeping, the house is still, and a candle is fiercely burning. My sugar-free hazelnut coffee tastes extra delicious. I'm enjoying my morning, can you tell?

If I've learned one thing about being a believer in Christ it is this: relationship vs. religion. So often religions get so caught up in what you are "supposed" to do rather than working on the relationship. Sadly, 'religion' turns most people away from a 'relationship'. 
What happens to relationships if you don't tend to them?
Just like a garden, eventually, it will die out. 
Mine, yours, their relationship with God is just the same. 
When I don't tend to it, I feel distant, removed, and much more chaotic. 
When I carve out time to talk with Jesus, our relationship flourishes. 
I don't do it because the Bible tells me so, I do it because it gives me wisdom and understanding. 
I don't do it because I want a front row seat in heaven, I do it because it brings me comfort and grace. 
Sometimes listening to the Lord is convicting and scary because I know I need to make changes in my life; those changes are ALWAYS the healthiest. 
Why do we often avoid the things that are BEST for us?
We all do it. 
Let's change that starting now. 
Let's carve out quiet time to watch a candle burn, sip coffee, and read the Bible more often. 
It is healing to our soul.

I opened up my bible to Proverbs this morning. Gahh, I love Proverbs! If you are new to the Bible and just don't know where to start, I love Proverbs. It just gives me those 'feel good' feelings. 

I'm am so far from perfect its ridiculous. This convicting scripture jumped out and bear hugged me. 

"When words are many, sin is NOT absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise."
-Proverbs 10:19

Read it again. 
Gulp. Gulp. 

Gossip is never okay yet I seem to make excuses for it.
I'm going to exercise holding my tongue because THAT is healthy for my bones.

Are you feeling any conviction? 
Listen, surrender, and have grace on yourself. 

Much love to YOU, my readers. 
May we work together to be better. 


  1. We've never met but we have some mutual friends and that's how I found out about your blog. I get to work everyday, sip on my chai tea latte and read your blog. It's how I start my day. Your honesty about life is inspiring. No one is perfect but if we can admit that and learn from our mistakes than I think we are headed in the right direction. I'm not a mom yet but by reading your blog I'm learning so much about motherhood and I can't wait! I know it won't be easy but I'm sure the smiles, giggles and simple joy in your babies eyes make it all worth it. Thank you for sharing your life with us all. You're an amazing mom, wife and woman. I'm inspired.

    1. Courtney, thank you sweet girl for this comment! I feel like I've met you, we know so many mutual people. This seriously made me smile...I press publish and then it's all a mystery of WHO reads. Thanks for revealing yourself in such a complimenting and sweet way! Perfection is overrated :] I like being a little edgy, ha. Court, motherhood is THE BEST. I don't need to know you to say you'll be amazing and you have NO IDEA...the best is yet to come for you! It's hardddddd work but like you said, it is BEYOND worth it. Thank you for reading, really. I'm glad God is using me in a blog format to praise his name. I'm humbled by your words...


      ps: We'll meet one day, right?!