This post is all about religion. I will not apologize for it, I will not be ashamed of talking about it. If you do not wish to read it then don’t, but you will be missing out.
It’s been a little over a month now since we, as a family, decided there was a void in our lives. Our children were aware of religion, but could not tell us the importance of it. What is the meaning of Christmas? Why do we attend church? Who is God and Jesus? While simple questions to some, our children couldn’t answer correctly. We were failing our children by not introducing them to such an important facet of life. I will not force my children to believe or not believe, but I will present them with all of the tools and resources to make their own choices and decisions.
I will be the first to admit that there are several parts of the bible that I have a hard time accepting, or that I disagree with. But I know I am allowed to hold these beliefs for my relationship with God is between him and I alone. I put my life in his hands.
So we have attended church together as a family. My girls sang along to the hymnals as if they knew the words all along. My son sat patiently throughout the service without causing a scene. We also attended service as just a husband and wife. And each time we have attended we have both felt personally that they were speaking to us directly. The words resonated with us and we were pulled in further.
This is what we have needed in our lives.
We needed something bigger than ourselves to believe in. Something that can overshadow the little things that don’t really matter. Something we can give ourselves to, as a family, as a father, and a mother, as a spouse, as a brother, as a sister. We are putting our lives in His hands.
And our faith has been tested already in a way we never could have dreamed about. It was a hard reminder that there is wickedness all around us, every day, in places you never could imagine.
And my wife said it best. SHE told ME that she has never felt like God was speaking to her so loudly, screaming from the Heavens, to set our lives back on track. To remind us that He is here for us. Always, through everything. He will get us through any difficult times.
So we put our trust in Him and we are growing our faith. Together.
We went out and purchased bibles for everyone in our household. My wife and I decided that we would read the same passages each day and discuss our thoughts and opinions. “Read through the bible, together, in one year.”
And the VERY FIRST DAY these are the words we read:
5. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Wow. The very first day we read together and these are the words that are shown to us. Coincidence? I think not. He knows what we need and what we need to hear.
And my wife, who I have always questioned her thoughts on religion, approaches me and wants to put our lives and marriage in God’s hands. And to be a marriage under Him.
I am so blessed in life. To know that even through the darkest times I have people by my side. And above all else, I have God to guide me through the pain.
I am glad to finally be on this path in life. And I am so glad to be doing this together as a family, with the love of my life, and my beautiful children. And to be an example to our children and be role models, and have someone to look up to.
God Bless ALL. Each and every one of you.
I pray for you. I pray that He can cleanse your heart and your mind. I pray that He will speak to you and touch your life like He has ours.