So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
There is just so much to write about and what I'm learning that I didn't really know where to start. Then it just dawned on me, why not start from the beginning of the bible? So I'm going to interpret each part, section by section in present day and what it means for us living in the world today.
Let's start with Genesis from the Old Testament in the very beginning and how God created the Heavens and Earth. What I really want to focus on is the Sabbath Day (aka Sunday). The reason this is called the Sabbath Day is because after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (which happened on Sunday, the first day of the week) the Lord's disciples began calling this the holy day in which we should observe for our Father.
Truth. I used to attend church because my family made me go. As I got older I started to understand my faith a little more and it really wasn't until I moved to Okinawa (2 years ago) when I realized I was actually living against my faith and what I truly believed in. I decided to make a change and my family and I began attending church every Sunday. This doesn't mean because you attend church every Sunday that you are now a believer of Christ and all of your sins are repented. But a start of the stepping stone to follow Jesus is attending church every Sunday and keeping this day holy. I posted two pictures because the first pic is what most of us want to do on a Sunday, and by all means you can, but top priority is showing thanks to God. Keep Sunday a day for praying, a day of reflection, a day of thanks, and especially a day for the ones you love most.
What’s the True Meaning of Life?
That's the big question, right? Yes, I do agree with Aristotle and that the true meaning of life is love. Then what? So you find love, whether it is in your soulmate, spouse, kids, career, etc. OK, I found it now am I done?
And then I read more of the Bible...now I believe happiness is a part of life, but it's not what life is. In fact, God doesn't think life should be all happy, " easy come and easy go". He actually says that there will be trials in life and obstacles that he puts in our way to test our faith.
Did you know that your own life really isn't about YOU! It's not. It's about your true mission and what it means to live. The mission is to live a sin free life. And really in a nutshell, if you are creating sins than you are living a life for YOU. This place on earth is only temporary. God doesn’t measure success like we do. When we meet him, he will ask, “what have you done to glorify me?” And what will you say? I make a lot of money? I have a family and we live in a big house? I’m CEO of a huge company? I earned a doctorate? I have over 15,000 followers on social media? These are what society views as successful, not what God views. I’m not knocking any of these things either, in fact, God wants you to relish in His plan, and if these are what you have or you do you should be proud! But are you using these things to follow Christ? Are you lifting others? Helping where you can? Spreading the word of the Lord?
I’m not saying go out and sign up for every volunteer opportunity and spread your life thinner than it already is, but a simple smile to brighten a person’s day, an act of forgiveness, a hug, small steps to a more selfless life will lead you right to Him.
I still have questions and I'm still researching, but for the most part I'm finding the answers I need.
What I do know, is the less I think about myself the happier and more fulfilled I am.
I had no clue what the word agape meant until I heard it this morning in church. Do you know what it means? Ok, I knew what it meant from teaching it in my bible study class, but there’s always so much more to learn whether it’s your first lesson of the Bible or the gazillionth time you heard it, you always take away something new.
There are 4 types of words for love in Greek. I can go into all 4, but today I want to focus on agape. Agape means the kind of love we have for God and it’s the kind of love you should have for your spouse. Of course you should have desire and passion and we all know in the beginning that’s not a problem. It’s when you’re with your spouse awhile that you develop agape love. God intended for married couples to become one and for mankind to be the covenant. After I heard this today, I realized I was looking at marriage differently. We are one, yes, but together we are one with God. What does this mean for our marriage?
For me it means, all the things we do for God we should be doing for each other. We intend to serve God then serve each other. It’s the kind of respect you would give to God himself, the unconditional, selfless love. My goal is to remember this word agape and for it to be a constant reminder of how I view my marriage. I’m not sure if you can have happy disagreements, but it certainly helps with accepting, trusting, and forgiving sooner.
Why am I here?
What is the meaning of life?
What is the purpose of my life?
Am I happy, truly happy?
Or, am I just living?
I came to a point in my life when I started asking myself what's next? What's after the point you have your career, started a family, and are just living day by day? So....I started wondering what was the purpose of this life? What am I here for? Just be a good wife, a mother, work hard, retire somewhere on the beach? Was this it? Was this the big plan? After asking my husband a ton of questions, and telling him I think we need to attend church more regularly, he was willing to help me seek the answers I desperately needed. One day he came home with a book he got for free on base. The book, A Purpose Driven Life written by Rick Warren (a pastor at Saddleback Church in San Clemente, CA) has probably had the biggest impact on my life and will forever be changed.
This blog is no longer about remixing my outfits, even though I still like to do that, and if you want to see them follow me on pinterest. I believe God has a plan, and at the time when I started blogging about remixing I named my blog Always Say Grace because of my middle name, and I just thought it was catchy. Now it has a different meaning, and I believe God intended that title to be for a blog with deeper biblical meaning. I've always loved the social media industry, and God gave us all certain talents in which he wants us to use. I'm not sure I would call blogging a talent, for me I love taking pictures, editing them, and the design aspect of this outlet. This is a media where I can express my thoughts as a hobby and it's just something I love to do. I'll get into why I'm choosing to write about being a Christ follower and my journey with this blog in a later post. For now, I'm sure I will have some family and friends questioning me and even judging. And that's ok. I don't need someone else to tell me what I did wrong or right in the past. God knows and that's what matters. I might have some family and friends think I've become a "bible thumper", maybe I have, and that's ok too.
Today I turn 36, and I'm not erasing my past, but simply asking God for forgiveness, and accepting him into my life. I'm choosing to live in a faith based life from here on out. I encourage you to keep reading and following me on this journey of believing in Christ and really understanding the true meaning of life.
Co-existing is a state of being, but passion- that's a lifestyle!