Although I wasn’t raised in a religious home, I can recall my Mom telling me more than once that she thought I’d be a nun when I grew up. I don’t know why she thought that, or what I did that made her feel that way, I just know that for whatever reason, she saw that in me. In fact, with the exception of the occasional appearance at an Easter or Christmas midnight mass when I was super little, we didn’t even go to church. I don’t recall anyone talking about God or the Bible, with the exception of my Great Aunt, that is. She died when I was really young, so my memories of her are very faint. The biggest memory I have of her is swatting at my 3 brothers & I in the backseat of the car when she was driving and we were misbehaving, and the Bible and rosary that sat prominently on her bedside table at all times.
Regardless of the lack of “religiousness” in my life, I’ve always had a very strong understanding that there was a God and that He loved us unconditionally. Although I’ve always known there was a God, I knew nothing more about what He expected from me or what I should expect from Him. I imagined for a great part of my life that He just floated out in space watching us from a distance at all times. I never imagined that you could have an active, give-and-take relationship with Him. I never realized how intimately He knows and loves each and every one of us.
I had no idea that there was so much more to Him, and that He wanted so much more from us. I didn’t know that you could have a real relationship with Him – a close, vulnerable and intimate relationship where you get to know him on a deeper level – a relationship where you can actually feel His love and guidance. A relationship where He comforts you, adorns you with love and peace and guides you through life’s challenges.
But I want you to know right now, THAT is exactly what God wants with each one of us – a close, intimate relationship. One where we not only take the time to talk with Him and listen for His direction, but one where we are open to believing Him enough by faith to walk out whatever He wants for us regardless of our own fears and insecurities.
I am here to tell you that when you do start listening and taking steps, even baby steps, He will blow your mind with exciting confirmations and blessings. I hope by sharing my story, with all of the ups and downs, the good and bad, and everything in between, that you’ll be encouraged to grow closer to Him as well!
Modern Day Noah approaches faith from a “real” person’s perspective. My goal is to share my “earthly” situations and experiences with you, using down-to-earth, every day words, rather than spouting churchy, religious jargon at you, so that you can relate and understand how real and active God is in our everyday lives. In doing so, I hope you will be encouraged and will begin to understand that He wants to use you in a mighty way as well…..even with all of your flaws and insecurities! As a matter of fact, He uses those very same flaws and insecurities to show His strength in our lives once we believe.
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