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After starting this journey w/ our God in 1986, He continues to teach me and show me more and more of Himself. He often uses other people to do that....

Monday, August 6, 2007

Introduction

This started out as a private blog between friends, but after writing for several years, I'm in a different place and have a desire to share more words with more people. Some of the more personal stuff has been edited out, but openness and vulnerability is still at the heart of my writing. I welcome your comments and hope some of what I share touches a part of your heart and journey you may not be aware of.

Here's my journal entry for today:

Lord, the conversation w/ Margaret today leaves me stirred up -she said at the end of the conversation that I was hard to read -that it seemed like some internal struggle was going on that I'm unaware of and couldn't express. So here's a stab at attempting to express it....

I feel it stirring, but am not sure how to put it to words yet. Getting beyond the usual struggles of the first part of my adult life leaves me to walk around in a whole new realm - with the opportunity to go deeper into myself and be brave enough to see what's there. What I see inside me is smelly and dirty and unkempt. I don't like the lack of order in my soul.

It feels as though I'm entering what may be a scary season of questioning - scary because what if the answers or conclusions I come to turn my world upside down? What if the darkness of my soul is too much to bear? What if I've been living a lie in my faith? What if I can't go on living life as I know it?

How do I even wrap my head around God as a Being who is both male and female or neither one? So many questions...why are men the head of the family as Christ was the head of the church? How much of the Bible is slanted towards men by its writers? Some of these questions are being stirred up by reading Sue Monk Kidd's writing about her own journey. I'm being challenged in many ways as I take in her story. She has some great early writings about her walk with God and connecting with Him (First Light, When the Heart Waits). Lately, I've been reading "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter", which describes her journey out of Christianity and into Feminist Theology/Spirituality. Margaret encouraged me w/ the thought "once you've tasted His grace, you don't bag your faith", so I press on, fascinated w/ her story and wanting to understand where she was coming from and also wanting to understand how what she went through impacts me.

Help me to be open, Lord, to Your truth. Its all I want - I want to be true to myself - true to you - and true to those I'm entrusted with.

2 comments:

Deitra said...

Deb,
I love that you have this private blog and look forward to reading your musings. Will you let me know whenever you post something new?
God is not surprised by this new "you" the one who is looking around to see who she is. He is renewing you and redefining you, exposing the you He's created you to be. Enjoy the journey for He has more than you've ever hoped or dreamed in store for you. Tap into His lavish love for you and you'll be traveling down the right path with Him leading you, beside you and behind you, protecting you all the way. Just follow His lead and you'll be ok. That's all He's really ever asked of any of us,
"Follow me".

Debbie Millman said...

Deitra...thanks for the encouragement. It means a lot to me that you'll read this from time to time. I am glad to have a safe place to travel with friends.
Love you,
Deb