Welcome to Sara’s Musings on WordPress.com. I originally created this blog site on July 20, 2010, as my first experience with blogging and it took me a while to get the hang of it. I wrote a number of posts from July 20, 2010, through April 2011 and then ended up deleting all of them because they were “all over the place” with no consistent theme which was frustrating.
I resurrected my blog in July 2011 and from that point on it just took off! It currently contains over 250 blog posts and within these pages I’ve blogged about how I have integrated my Christian faith with the challenges brought on by long-term unemployment (which started on April 21, 2009, and is still ongoing) and also from issues going on in our society and within Christianity in America today. It is my personal blog and I discuss a wide variety of issues affecting Christians and how we can live out our faith while navigating through all of the challenges present in our secular society. I’ve also discussed my own personal frustrations that have come from over four and a half years of unemployment, and I’ve never written in a manner that indicates that I consider myself to be an outsider to the human race or to Christian faith. No, I’m in the middle of the fray just like everybody else.
I realize some of what I’ve written is not always popular in mainstream Christianity in America today, but often we’ve forgotten to take seriously the “hard” parts of the Bible we don’t want to hear or we just ignore the passages we don’t like. We often want the blessings without any cost (as in the cost of discipleship). And Jesus had a lot to say about that–how we are to live if we are really His disciples–and it has nothing to do with living just like the rest of our culture with a little “God talk” thrown in to make us sound good.
I woke up over five years ago now to the fact that my spiritual life was in the toilet and I didn’t even realize it (and I attended church every single Sunday and wouldn’t have missed it for anything). And all this “rah rah” stuff suddenly seemed so superficial when life is falling apart at the seams–and it doesn’t work, either–not during the really, really tough times. So I started reading the Bible every day–and I mean really reading it and meditating and praying over it–and a light started to shine in the darkness of the superficial spirituality that blankets so much of our country. And I got to know my Savior in a way I have never known Him before. And He has always been right there to shine a light on my path and give me direction to get through whatever comes my way.
This “long and winding road” with long-term unemployment (since April 2009) has been a learning path with many sides to it. Trials are not meant to discourage us but to provide and instill in us much needed perseverance in learning about what this life is really all about (see Eph. 6:10-18). And if we don’t let our hearts grow cold in the midst of long and enduring trials, it’s amazing to see His provision at every turn. He really does leads us through it every step of the way if we trust in Him and not in ourselves or our own resources.
These blog posts are about what I have been learning during this time. And it’s not about so much of the “surface” spirituality that is so prevalent in our society that hides reality behind smiles or “religiosity” but that goes the distance with depth and character and integrity and love; not with trite spiritual phrases, but with an authenticity that demands right living and right loving and not just going along with the crowd even if the crowd calls itself “Christian.” Jesus has a lot of things to say to us, but too often we only listen to what we want to hear–the good stuff–and don’t pay attention to the true “cost of discipleship.” And that doesn’t work . . . He even said so. And we can’t afford to “coast in neutral.”
Since we are now into December 2013 (where did the year go???), I was going to take a short break from writing blog posts this month but have already written two . . . so much for that idea, eh? I’ve never really known when I was going to write a blog post until I actually sat down and started writing it. So much for a break . . . ;-)
Anyway, I want to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year!!!
And we’ll see what the New Year of 2014 sends our way . . . .
Thank you very much for visiting my site! It’s a writer’s dream and privilege to have readers . . . and that means you!