“PREACH THE GOSPEL ALWAYS——-IF NECESSARY USE WORDS”
As soon as I heard this a few years ago I knew it was my motto. I want my life to speak more for me than I need to speak in words. I wasn’t always a Christian and I remember being slightly offended by some that came across as pushy.
I was in my 20’s before anyone explained Gods plan of salvation through Jesus Christ to me. That doesn’t mean that I had never heard the name Jesus Christ…but it was not spoken in reverence when I heard it, if you know what I mean.
In fact I was in my 20’s before anyone ever explained to me about sin and the role that Jesus Christ played in dying as a sacrifice to make me acceptable. Acceptable? Yep, pure enough, clean enough…
Anyway, yes, I consider myself a Christian.
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Refreshing to read your post, Stacey. Even though I accepted JC into my life as a teen, it truly was not until I became a grandmother that I began my walk w/Christ. For yrs. I thought, “what is this walk w/Christ….or the expression the body of Christ….” My family found a great church about 8 yrs. ago, and this here “slow learner is finally getting it.” I will always be a “total work in progress, I kinda like that……learn’n something new, @ my age, lol, …never getting bored. I like not really having “religion” – but so enjoying “having a relationship” with Jesus. Over the yrs., I’ve always been an animal lover. While my husband was in his active duty military career, we enjoyed relationships with 4 horse, hauling them back and forth from east coast N.C. to west Texas. Our daughter @ age 12 began her friendship w/a push-button quarter-horse who loved her through some very difficult times. My husband had a quarter-horse mix – was he fast. We raised a little 4mo. old appy who in later years became a hunter-jumper styled fella. For a few months a flashy young stud-colt quarter-horse mix ,from a Texas auction came to our family while we lived in El Paso. Not having the proper amount of time for him, we gave him his opportunity to become a well trained parade horse, draped in silver, flashing his talents about while his marvelous trainer from
Mexico rode him proudly. When trainer and colt first met, colt responded to his every request
-rather like a horse whisper; this was so awesome to watch. They were a definite match.
We’ve been equine-less for nearly 20 yrs. now. Living in our log home rural area north of Indianapolis. We have vacant pastures and crop acreage with no stalls in our barn. Our daughter has spoken of desiring to have horses who could help youth, adults, veterans and so many with
anxiety, ptsd, addictions….the needs are endless. Possibly connect w/church youth groups – and simply, society in general. As a grandmother, I see the need of fundamental basics in our society. i.e. faith, family, friends …. our greatest gift to give, LOVE. Love for those missing those three basic So many folks in need. Horses are one of God’s marvelous gifts. Our australian shepherds, ACD – australian cattle dog pup, and feline friends would certainly welcome some equine buddies. Stacy, and blog members, sorry for my endless chatter. Yet, so wonderful to connect with others of the same mind set.
Happy Thanksgiving to ALL & a blessed Christmas.
Happy trails, Paulette Shoemaker/a/k/a gg
I am very impressed with your example of the way you live, ride, train, raise your boys, and your faith. Thanks for the nice post 🙂
I was always raised that it doesn’t matter how many times you go to church to be considered a Christian. It is how you live your life day to day.
As youngsters many of us don’t understand the concept of religion. I too came back to my faith later in life. It’s a humbling thing.
Very nice post!