Easter has just passed and I keep reflecting on how Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross. What a gift that was for us as believers! It got me to thinking about a book I read awhile back called The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel. It was given to me by a member of a church I started attending after I had been out of the church for years.
I went through a period of just living my life the way I wanted to and that I saw fit for myself. I was always a believer as I was raised in church from birth until I was old enough to live on my own. I was struggling with faith however not even realizing it. I figured I was in control of my life and I would call on God when I needed to. I didn't feel as though I had to go to church every Sunday holidays were good enough.
Years went by and then I became a mother! One of the best decisions I made in my life. I felt like I owed it to my son to give him a foundation in Christ. So not too long after my son was born I decided to start attending church again. I had in my mind that I wasn't going to go every Sunday. I figured I would test the waters so to speak. Well, God had other plans for me the power of God hit me so hard that first Sunday I went every Sunday after that I became apart of the ministry leading the children's choir and started teaching Sunday school. I was doing things in church that I had never imagined I can remember saying really God you want me to do what?!
In the midst of all of my spiritual growth I carried the extra faith that this book had given me inside. It helped me to see that I was in a way doubting God even as a believer and not fully connected spiritually. It was confirmation that allowing God to abide within me, gave God the ability to use me in ways I never thought were possible. This week I was trolling on Netflix and spotted the film version of this book. Of course I had to watch it. Through the movie I thought about the power of God. I mean wow, if an atheist can be led by the spirit to become a believer and then become a pastor!
We as Christians have the ability to touch someone's life for the good just by a simple gesture or conversation. I'm so grateful for this connection blog! We are spiritually connecting, uplifting and encouraging in ways we never thought we would. God pours so much love into us for it to be shared with others. So I wanted to share this with you! If you haven't read the book or had a chance to view the movie check it out.
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26