During the last month, we have been blessed with several new people who are following Discovering and Sharing Grace! Thank you! Thank you to all of you who take the time out of your day to be here as we share our younique and different walks of faith. Our readers range from people who are spiritually seeking and may not believe in God to individuals who demonstrate a very strong faith, based on years of being near God and in His Word. I am also pleased that we have some teenagers following this blog as well! A special thank you to you! The are billions of blogs and to know that you take time to visit here is very humbling for me.
I thought this would be a good time to review the purpose of this blog and wish everyone a blessed, happy and healthy new year!
First, everyone is welcome, regardless of where you are on your walk of faith! Or if you are not yet on your walk of faith! If not, it would be like the choir singing to the choir which eventually would get boring because we would all be singing the same songs. I believe we are younique and wonderfully made for a purpose and we need to celebrate our diversity and work towards union with God and one another rather than separation.
Mission Statement: When I first started the blog, I asked God, who do you want me to work for?
“Work for Me”
I then asked God what He wanted me to do?
“Introduce people to Jesus”
I do not believe you can scare a person to faith. I also do not engage in the intellectual arguments that attempt to refute faith and God? Why? I believe faith is a heart decision and very personal. I simply listen, share my testimony, pray and invite people to join me in church.
The concept of being a Gentle Witness was a result of my band of writers. As I shared my thoughts about writing a second book, Cheryl ( thank you so much!) suggested that my approach was that of a Gentle Witness. After prayer and talking with God, the book began to take form based on that concept!
A gentle witness is simply that. Gentle. I always remind people of faith, if you are speaking with a spiritually seeking person, listen. Then, be quiet, and listen some more. After you have heard their journey, share your walk of faith. Don’t blast them with scriptures. Don’t tell them they are going to hell. Let them know you would like to talk with them again and that you will be praying for them. Invite them to attend church with you. If they don’t own a Bible, offer to get one for them.
I left God and faith for a long time after college. Were it not for the kind and gentle invitations of Ken and Sandy, I would not be here today. For a couple of years, I politely refused their invitations but then, on one Sunday, I walked into church with them. No lightning bolt! No damnation. A sense of peace and love that had been missing from my life. God’s love. God’s peace.
And so began my walk of faith and here I am today.
Acceptance is a key component of this blog. We are all in very different places on our walk of faith or just beginning. Deanna prays for me (and her comments have helped me read more scripture) and I pray for her. I am under the care of the medical community. I am blessed with wonderful doctors and a therapist. It is my belief I need to be. I also accept those who believe that healing only comes from God. Acceptance. Acceptance of where we are at this moment. We are all in different places on our walk of faith. I pray for peace and acceptance.
The United Church of Christ has a phrase which they promote….it is something like: “no matter who you are or where you are on your walk of faith, you are welcome here.”
The same is true for this blog! Comments are so awesome as they “complete” posts in wonderful ways and also provide us more to contemplate.
If you know a person who is spiritually seeking, forward this post to them. Here, they will not be judged. Here, they are welcome to join us as we continue to discover and share God’s love and amazing grace. Or, if you know someone who has known God for years, forward this post to them! We need the thoughts and comments of everyone to make this a great year for this blog!
I have belonged to the same church for more than ten years. I joined the first hospital care team ministry and also completed the first class of Stephen Ministry training.
I believe in the power of prayer. I believe God hears every word of every prayer. I believe prayer is a conversation, so we need to do more than talk with God….we need to listen….for God’s whisper. In order to do this, we must be quiet (I have written about my struggles with being quiet in prayer and am continuing to ask God to help me with this). I believe in communal prayer and at times, may ask us to do so. I don’t believe God answers prayers instantly. I believe answers from God are revealed to us when we are spiritually mature enough to receive them and understand them. In order for that to happen, we must draw near God and be in His Word daily.
I fall short in many areas on my walk of faith and will write about them here. Here, I have community, acceptance, love and support.
Thank you all so much. I am so humbled you are here and reading this! Prayers and blessings for each of you to have a new year filled with many blessings!
I end this longer than usual writing with one of my favorite scriptures because there is a challenge in it for us today. What would we do?
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come follow me”, Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets and followed him.”
My prayer for us this week is to talk with God about this verse and what would we do? Talk with God about what we are doing on a spiritual level….where are we? Talk with God about whom He wants us to help as a gentle witness and where does He want us to be? Talk with God about those in need among us and what can we do?
– Matthew 4: 18 -19