Life in Mascara: Devotional

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Devotional


First and foremost, I want to preface this post by saying that I am not trying to push my beliefs upon anyone. I believe in religious tolerance and that everyone can coexist regardless of their faith. I am writing this post from my heart and from what affects me in hopes that it will in turn inspire just one other soul out there. That being said, let's get started. 

I went to Catholic school all my life. I even went to a Catholic University. My faith was always strong growing up. My parents provided a strong foundation of love and belief for my siblings and I to grow on. But as I got older, things changed a bit for me and I began to drift away from my church. I still prayed, I still believed, but I just wasn't present. I have been working the past few years in mending my relationship with the Lord and have been taking baby steps to do it. But it isn't that simple, and honestly, I forget sometimes to call on Him. This past January I had a very emotional experience which I wrote about here and I thought to myself 'ok from here on forward I am set'. I thought I had mended my distance but sooner rather than later there I was drifting away. 

A few weeks ago I came across a blog I had never heard about, Paper & Glam. I was instantly taken aback by how openly she talked about her religious beliefs without any concern of a backlash. She talked about how the most important thing to her was her relationship with God and how she actively read the Bible and wrote devotionals. I am always wary of talking about religion because it can be a touchy subject and something people can get very passionate about in a bad way. But Lisamarie of Paper & Glam didn't even hesitate. In fact,she has built an entire community withing her fabulous lifestyle blog completely devoted to all things Jesus. I went home with that on my mind and it came up in a conversation with husband. I told him how I wished I was closer to my church, wished that I worshiped with more devotion, wished to one day go on a mission trip but I felt like it was just not in me at this point. I just thought 'I need Jesus'.

The next day was Friday and after work I found myself running errands and came across a religious store. I walked in with a purpose and went towards the devotionals. There I found a cover staring at me and if that wasn't God Himself talking to me, then I don't know what is. Ask and you shall receive? I asked. He sent. I received. The foundation of this book is you read a passage written in the form of a short letter to God and then you have a space to reflect on it. I am only 3 days in and each day I have had goosebumps reading it as each passage has had word for word something I have been mulling over recently. I even looked up to the heavens and thought 'you really are in my brain aren't you?' No, He really is in my heart. 

I would like to know how each of you work on keep strong in your faith. Is it a priority to you, or something you feel you are going through a routine with? Let's enlighten each other. 

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you follow along and enjoy!

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  2. First off, I LOVE your photography style. Your pictures are so cute!

    Now, to something a little more meaningful. Reading this post has been very refreshing to my faith as well! Lisamarie is such an inspiration. I feel that you have done for me what Lisamarie does; you have inspired me to look into my faith and this devotional as well! I feel devotionals can help keep me accountable because I feel so guilty when I do not read one :)

    I look forward to hearing how your path continues, and will be thinking of you!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Your response to this post is what I have wished to convey in my message. It makes me so happy! I will continue to share my journey and I hope you will too!

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