All too often we see political parties using religion as a means to get more votes. We also see Christian leaders using the pulpit to exercise their political opinions. But, who would Jesus vote for?
Whew, anyone else feel like this year is FLYING by? I mean, how is it already November? I feel like this year just started. That’s okay, though, because honestly, October 1st through January 1st is pretty much the best time of the year, right?
Last week, we talked about Halloween and all of the fun things we did. But before we start celebrating all of the Christmas festivities, we want to make sure we stay in a spirit of being thankful. All of the hustle and bustle for getting last minute gifts can seem pretty stressful and daunting. Often times, I think we forget what we’re truly grateful for. They say it takes about 30 days to create a habit. So why not start off the Christmas season by showing our gratitude for the things we often take advantage of? That’s why this year, we are challenging ourselves to find things we are thankful for every day this month.
Ahh… October 31st. This day is always bittersweet for us at the Johnston home. We love celebrating Halloween all month long. Okay, okay. Admittedly, we start decorating in September but, October is always such a fun month for us. This October was especially fun for us because it was a month of firsts.
As most of you know, we love celebrating Halloween around our house. We love putting out spooky decorations, DIYing our costumes, carving pumpkins and watching scary movies with friends. It’s honestly like pre-Christmas to us. Every year, we look forward to listening to Thriller Thursday and Lore every week in the month of October. We also love watching The Nightmare Before Christmas to get in the spirit of Halloween.
Autumn reminds us that it’s okay to let things go.
If you haven’t listened to this week’s episode, Cody and I interviewed a few people about their deconstruction stories. We offered the opportunity for these people to be able to be open about their faith and the struggles they may have endured getting there. I absolutely loved hearing everyone’s stories of finding who Jesus truly was to them. However, something that I realized was the loneliness that each person had faced while transitioning. I thought about how so often people feel lonely or fear rejection because they are dealing with some internal issues. I want to be the first to say that fear and doubt is completely normal. Everyone has doubted God at times. Everyone has questioned why it seems like bad things only happen to good people. But we have to break the stigma that if you question your faith that you are going to lose your faith.
When we think of ministry, we often think of pastors leading the Church or missionaries in third-world countries. But what does true ministry look like? Despite popular belief, true ministry starts wherever you’re at.
The world runs on different seasons in order to survive. Spring represents new life and starting over. Summer represents playfulness and joy. Autumn represents transformation. Winter represents decay and dormancy. I think these beautifully represent the changes we often see in our own lives. These changes often challenge us to learn something new about life and the world around us. Sometimes we have dry seasons while at other times we have productive seasons. Our spiritual lives are no different.
Do you ever feel like an imposter? Have you made successful achievements in your life but feel as if someone is going to “find you out”? There’s actually a Psychological term for that!
Imposter Syndrome can be described as having a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”, despite the individual’s accomplishments.
I get it. We always have something pressing going on and we feel like we’re running out of time. Whether it’s a business meeting, studying for finals, having to stay up all night working on next week’s project, raising a family, or even running your own business, we are always living on the go. We live from day-to-day, constantly running on empty and anticipating our next cup of coffee. I really do get it. Sometimes there are seasons where we are busier than other seasons we are in. But if we want to be our most productive selves, we simply cannot pour from an empty cup.