17 thoughts on “thoughts”

  1. Thank you SO, SO, SO much for being brave enough to share your heart. I have been reading your blog for years, and I appreciate your simplicity and honesty. I was raised in a legalistic church (say, not even believing in wedding rings when we were married), and my husband and I broke away from it after we were married for a short while. Now he is an assistant pastor of an “unlegalistic” church and it was the best thing we could have ever done. I’m so thankful to this day that we made the break before we had kids and they are not being raised that way. There is so much freedom in realizing that “Jesus doesn’t care” about those things. 😉 In fact, it makes me a little sad for some of the people in that movement. I wish they could realize the freedom that comes with letting go of the standards and just putting all your focus on a relationship with Jesus. Well, I’ll stop rambling, but again, thank you so very much for your realness. Much love ❤

    1. Thank you for understanding what I was trying to communicate here, Danessa. You can ramble here any time. I want to learn from you and your testimony.

  2. Thank you for the reminders of Christ’s love for us. When I saw the pictures of the snakes, I thought for sure you were going to say something about Slytherin! 🙂 We are a book or two behind you (Dobby dies?!?!?! Oh no!) and we just love them….and use it to draw parallels and talk about the evil that does exist in this world. It’s nice to have confirmation that it’s okay to read these books! You are a sweet soul and I’ve been enjoying your blog for many years. Thanks for putting yourself out there!

    1. I was totally thinking about Slytherin as well! So funny. I’m glad you are enjoying the books! I love reading and am glad to finally understand what all the hype was about years ago when they first came out.

  3. I enjoy all your posts (but I could do without the pictures of the snakes…but that is a personal thing 😜)not only b/c your my friend and I love you, but I have watched you grow in many ways…I appreciate your honesty and truly see a woman who is growing in grace.

  4. Loved this post…We ADORE Harry Potter here too! My oldest, a college sophomore~how did that happen~is the biggest fan of all 🙂 I understand your WHYS… I have many of my own right now..Appreciated, more than you can know, your thoughts on legalism..we attend a lovely, God honoring church. Unfortunately, someone with “strong convictions” ~aka, in some instances, legalism~ has turned my 18 year old daughters, and as a result my life, upside down. As you said we are all sinners saved by grace, extending that grace to others is difficult, at times. But if my Savior could bear death on a cross out of love for a wretch like me, for me to be forgiven…I can surely find it in my heart to forgive as well.
    Blessings to you and your family!
    ~I hope that all made some sense too 🙂

    1. Hello, Cindy! Good to hear from you again! The situation w/your daughter sounds very concerning and please know that I prayed for you just now–and hope that God puts gracious people in her path to help her recover (and you as well). Jesus is a gentle Shepherd.

      1. Thank you for your prayers! My daughter has spoken with a pastor concerning the situation and God willing, hearts and relationships will be healed.

  5. Oh how I love your heart!:) As you know,I know where you’re coming from,and all I can say is a hearty amen. God forbid that I should ever be so intent on a pharisee mentality. I too grew up that way. Oh the grace of God which saved me from that life .
    Your heart is beautiful.
    Ps. Im not on pinterest anymore but I’d love to email:)

    1. Sorry that you went through that time. The spiritual life is a growing process and trust God that we both can use that experience in our past in order to move further in to the beauty that is Christ!!! Freedom feels so good after bondage, doesn’t it? Hugs!

  6. Thank you so much for this post. You made me cry- in a good way 🙂 I come from a legalistic background and still struggle with alot of guilt that I no longer follow the RULES. My husband has struggled as well with secret sins from the teaching of making everything look right on the outside, but never touching the inside. I wish I lived close enough to know you in real life! I’ve been reading your blog for years and if you quit, I would so miss you and your wonderful family! I have 7 children also and I stop by your blog for some quick comradery as often as I can. 🙂 Love and prayers to you and yours! And keep on being brave and sharing your thoughts. You are so very encouraging to me.

    1. Praise God. I know those guilty feelings, I still have them as well. I want you to know you are not alone. And even if we don’t live close to each other, I am just an email away, anytime you want to write to me. I mean that. Like I said in the post, I’m not any expert or authority, but I love making friends and getting to know other people who love Jesus like i do. Your comment here encouraged me, especially that you also have seven children. 🙂 (my email is in my “about me” section of this blog….I can’t remember it exactly right now, but it’s a yahoo email that is only for this blog.

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