This book helped me to see that religion was man made and can get in the way of a persons heart engaging God, it taught me that I am desperate for God.... like completely desperate... like I can't even fully love God without Gods help. It taught me that evangelism is not about numbers, its not about getting someone to have the same beliefs as you or getting someone to go to church.... evangelism is about loving people, thats it, end of story. It taught me that community is essential to growing spiritually, that the best kind of worship is wonder, that God is bigger than anything we can even try to wrap our minds around... but duh... he created us. I created a painting once... I doubt that painting can tell you all of my thoughts. It taught me that if I have questions about the bible or wether America is really showing the world Gods love, like we claim to be... that does not mean I love Jesus any less. I learned that actually questioning things and having my own beliefs and reasons for those beliefs is a good thing.
Basically this book is sick nasty, and has helped me alot. Im in the middle of re-reading it.
Two years was not that long ago at all. But I dont even feel like im the same person. I feel like if I were to meet myself now... I might actually like me. Two years ago I dont know if I could say that. Because two years ago I had too much pride and fear to fully surrender my whole life to God, two years ago I craved attention, only loved people conditionally, and thought I was the ish. (ok... sometimes I still think im the ish, but im working on it)
When you finally let God take over COMPLETELY, the wonders he does to your soul are amazing.
Lately God has been showing me a whole new way to look at the world. I didnt think it was possible to fall in love with Jesus any more than I already have but for the past month or so I have been waking up each day more in love with him than the day before.
My husband better be ready to bring it cause falling in love with the creator of the universe forces you to have pretty high standards.
Anyway I am so thankful that I am becoming the person I want to be, im becoming the person that God already sees me as and has since the beginning of time. And I am so thankful he is not done with me yet.
One thing that has always stuck with me since the first time I read Blue Like Jazz is at the beginning of the book. Donald is talking about (can I call him Donald or should I stick to his full name? no ill call him Donald... me and Don are on first name basis... sorry a.d.d. anyway...) he is talking about how he is still early in his journey and can not wait for what is to come. He says, "Years ago He was a swinging speck in the distance; now He is close enough I can hear His singing. Soon I will see the lines on His face."
I have finally learned to quite myself. I can hear his singing now and it gets louder, clearer, and more beautiful everyday. :)
Oh and last year Britney and I were driving back to Phoenix from Flagstaff and it was one of the most beautiful days I have ever witnessed. It was the middle of summer and it was overcast-y and on and off raining. Not just any rain.... forrest gump style big ol fat rain. Brit randomly stuck her hand out of the passenger side of my car while I was driving and took this picture....
It reminds me of that quote for some reason.
I dont know why I am so in love with this picture... maybe its because at this moment everything was right with my soul and I was completely at peace. Oh Jesus, I cant wait to see the lines on your face. :)