**What works for my family, may not be the right thing for your family but I have learned a lot through trial and error, mistake and prayer. I am no expert on families, but I am an expert on mine. My opinions and suggestions are simply that, opinions and suggestions. Take from them what works for you and put aside the rest :)
Today’s Three T’s for Tueday: Tackling Tough Topics is…
What are your thought on doubt?
All my life, I remember having doubts. I doubted the stability in my family. I doubted love. I doubted my worth as a person, as a wife, as a parent.
I doubted people.
I doubted the Bible.
I doubted God.
Even after being sure I had become a Christian and learning to walk a closer walk with God, I didn’t escape those doubts. They still found their way into my mind.
As a Christian woman, who had a new found desire to teach, speak and write about God, how could I have doubts?
My very human mind allows things from the world to creep in. There are many temptations around us that can easily take our eyes off God. Things as simple as a commercial, a new book, movie, friends, our past…the list goes on and on.
What I find most reassuring now is God’s word. For a couple years now, I’ve been reading my Bible. Not just carrying it with me to church or sitting it on the book shelf, but actually reading it, digging into the words, researching words I don’t understanding, and being open to what is being said. I am doing my own research and not just taking people’s word for it. Through that, I’m finding I have fewer doubts, especially about God’s word.
You may be reading this and thinking, “Christians are crazy! There is no proof in God. How do you know he’s real?”
If that’s where you are, that’s okay. I’ve wondered that myself before. The difference now is I can truly say, whether or not you believe in the Bible, I am living it. Reading it has helped me. My life has improved. I am able to deal with situations now that in the past, would have turned my world upside down. Things aren’t magically perfect and they never will be. In fact, we have faced some pretty big doozies around here but through each challenge, I find myself drawn closer and closer to God.
I spent years filled with doubts, mocking preachers, believing I could be a Christian at home without going to church or being preached to.
What I failed to realize was being a Christian didn’t mean just giving myself a name. It wasn’t just being from the south, growing up in the Bible belt.
It was more.
It was a relationship – not with other people, not with a church, but with God. It was believing that my life could change through His word, by soaking in the lessons, living them.
I grew up believing it was wrong to question things but now, I find answers through those questions. Are you unsure of what to believe? Don’t be afraid to ask questions! One of the best places to turn is right to the Bible. There are many references, to doubt, found in the Bible. It’s not something new and so many have faced and worked through their doubts through the help of God’s word.
Do you find yourself filled with doubt? What do you do to ease those doubts? Do you believe God’s word can have an impact on your life? Are you willing to test it out? To give God a chance to prove himself to you?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8